Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

While you were gone, a bunch of agents went broke and got out of the business, but a bunch more got back in when the economy improved.

Mar 07, 2017 01:40 PM
Rainmaker
1,377,228
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

That $10 million dollar cash buyer called.

Mar 07, 2017 03:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,208,196
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

While you were gone, many of us fought the good fight and kept this industry alive during the worst market in history. We never left when it got tough, we never left when short sales were the only sales, we never left our clients, we were the winter patriots while the summer soldiers fled.

Mar 07, 2017 08:57 PM
Rainmaker
5,571,083
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

 the only thing I observed was "while you were gone, I made money".... too bad you left!!!!

Mar 07, 2017 02:10 PM
Ambassador
4,181,352
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

While you were gone, many of your former buyers sold their homes with me and kept my boys in college!  THANK YOU for being gone...but, welcome back!  

(I know, that was mean - but, giving up is not in my blood and with two in college during the recession, my drive was stronger than it had ever been before!) 

Mar 07, 2017 07:30 PM
Ambassador
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

While you were gone, the world as you knew it continued to change.

Some agents stood still, some looked at the changes, adapted and prospered.

Others gave up, said I am too old to change and watched their businesses decline and die.

Mar 07, 2017 03:48 PM
Rainmaker
4,029,138
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

While you were gone... your past clients moved on to new relationships with other agents... it will be hard to seduce them to come back to you, especially if you didn't keep in touch.

Mar 07, 2017 02:39 PM
Ambassador
2,224,117
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I love your last line. Yes I do read the questions and the small print after them. 

Mar 07, 2017 06:08 PM
Rainmaker
884,101
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

While you were gone, that ham sandwich you represented that qualified no-doc . . . was eaten. They held the lettuce. 3:)

Mar 07, 2017 03:20 PM
Ambassador
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Life goes on to the beat of the drummer we listen. It truly is all good. 

Mar 07, 2017 02:21 PM
Rainmaker
1,843,220
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

While you were gone, I was working.

Mar 08, 2017 05:08 AM
Rainmaker
1,512,329
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Unfortunately, I have to agree with Kenneth J. Jones , even with the best of us, if we stop blogging or not anymore  an active member of a community, our names are soon forgotten. Similar to our clients and families, if we do not remind them what we do for living, they buy/sell a house with someone else shamefully whispering ''I forgot that you are a RE agent!..."

Mar 07, 2017 11:37 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,831
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sad but may of the marginal agents are finding their way back into our profession...

Mar 07, 2017 05:05 PM
Rainmaker
3,316,496
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

While you were gone PC is out the window. Big name national companies have bought up most of the little guys and are no longer offering the personal service a lot of consumers want and desire. New agents think they are order takers. Old agents forgot how to answer the phone. AND.... in the middle... the hard working agents are doing quite well. They are listing, selling and providing service. Communication, patience and persistence are the tools of the trade. 

Mar 07, 2017 04:26 PM
Rainmaker
2,632,229
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Constant change is sometimes obvious or not but it is upon us all always

Mar 07, 2017 02:55 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,417
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

While you were gone, gone became commonplace. 

Mar 07, 2017 02:46 PM
Rainmaker
5,499,252
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Annette,

Change is constant, so as we sleep more is happening...we all do our best. A

Mar 07, 2017 01:34 PM
Rainmaker
4,799,481
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm not sure I want to get into the current world view debate.

Mar 08, 2017 05:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

While you were gone life went on

Mar 08, 2017 05:22 AM
Rainmaker
2,019,450
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

No more picking up keys , no more dropping off signed contracts to the listing agent , etc.

Mar 08, 2017 05:14 AM
Rainer
213,163
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

While you were gone....the lunatic fringe have become mainstream with power.

Mar 08, 2017 03:51 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA nailed this one!

Mar 08, 2017 03:26 AM
Rainmaker
4,043,807
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
Mar 08, 2017 12:19 AM
Ambassador
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 - technology....

Mar 07, 2017 09:49 PM
Rainer
97,766
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Great question, Annette!  I have enjoyed reading the answers.

And while you were gone, Ben Kinney & Co did an upgrade on AR (except you were still here, lol).

Mar 07, 2017 08:20 PM
Rainmaker
808,847
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

While you were gone prices tanked even more, we worked a successful short sale business for 6+ years, many agents and builders left the business, prices began to rise, many new agents and builders joined the business, we got out of the short sale business (phew!) and now prices are back at peak 2007 prices.  Now we are just waiting to see what happens next....

Mar 07, 2017 08:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,525,205
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

While you were gone, people bought and sold property.

Mar 07, 2017 05:49 PM
Ambassador
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

While you were gone you were missed at first but then the gap filled in and soon there was no longer a gap. Now you will have to create a space for yourself again.

Mar 07, 2017 05:15 PM
Rainmaker
6,514,079
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Mar 08, 2017 06:16 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

While you were gone the world moved on!

Mar 08, 2017 06:00 AM
Ambassador
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Sometimes I choose to be gone.  I will enjoy whatever it is that I have gone to, and not lament over that which I have gone from. 

Mar 07, 2017 03:17 PM
Rainmaker
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

While I was gone I doubt anything of significance ever happens LOL

Dec 10, 2017 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

While you were gone, some new agent started working the business and not they are gone, so welcome back.

 

Mar 09, 2017 07:23 AM
Rainmaker
598,659
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

While you were gone, things got a little weird. Sign here and put this helmet on.

Mar 08, 2017 07:57 PM
Rainmaker
1,633,742
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

While you were gone; you missed out while many others gained

Mar 08, 2017 07:10 AM