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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 2
You've heard the old saying "batten down the hatches" which means to fasten canvas over the hatches but there is another meaning to this word and that's what I want to discuss.  This one should be used by agents while they can before it's over.  The meaning of bat-ten: to grow fat; thrive, to fatten up.  While I can't speak to your market here in NW Arkansas business is great, grab it while you can.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 6
Wouldn't it be nice to wake up each morning and know you were going to get a listing?  How about one closing each week?  Do you dance for the perfection of life in real estate?  If not why not you chose this profession with all its imperfections and hazards.  Each morning I choose to go to the office and dance.  Am I successful each day why of course not but that doesn't mean I stop trying.  It's like life everyone tries for perfection but only one person has achieved it.  Come dance with me and enjoy your profession.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 2
In the heat of battle a soldier was injured and was taken to a local medical ward to receive treatment.  He was operated on and survived the wounds.  As the days passed he was recovering and a doctor asked him how he got to the hospital and he stated "My buddies carried me in."  My question is do you carry your fellow agents when they are down or having a difficult time?  I had some agents help me along the way and in return I help other agents when they ask or when I know they need assistance.  The decision is yours and no one will judge you except yourself.  Remember what goes around comes around.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
I have had one of these thankfully.  Although I don't recommend this on a daily basis some agents like them.  To those agents I take my hat off to you as I don't understand it hey it's your business not mine.  Anyway I would guess you want to know the meaning of bathos well its: an abrupt often ludicrous change from the lofty to the ordinary.  Maybe they need it so the price of their property can be adjusted to compete in this market.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
If you go to a listing presentation don't let any influence from the outside affect your gut decision that this listing is just not right for you.  Hopefully you decision to stay with your mate was not made on an outside influence it was because of their inner beauty among other reasons that makes you want to stay with them...   We all have outside influences that affect us every day.  I'm not saying you should not pay attention to those influences but you should make your own decision on how and why you chose the path you did.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 5
I like this one.  Not because I have clients that do this but I'm sure there are some out there.  I know for sure I've heard it from other agents.  I'm just thankful that so far I have not had to deal with them but I know their coming.  So what is barratry well its: the criminal offense of bringing about quarrels or lawsuits.  I of course am referring to quarrels.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 3
Ok people and I not just talking to other agents.  My outlook is not to make people mad and have fun.  Some of the time I come across as a grouchy old man so says my wife.  I know it's hard to believe but that's how a lot of people view me.  Don't get me wrong I've had my moments but anyway when writing contracts try not and do this.  The meaning of barbarous: characterized by substandard usages in speaking or writing.  Now is your mouth and pen barbarous?  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 5
Are you one of those people like me?  Once someone tells me I can't do something (games on) and we'll see.  I remember when I told the relatives I was studying to become a realtor I got those yea right looks.  Anyway I have an addictive habit in that once I decide on a career I devote my whole self to the task of trying to be the best.  The meaning of barbital: an acid used as a hypnotic and sedative: it is habit forming and toxic.  Other than being toxic is your business (real estate) hypnotic and habit forming?  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 6
I've seen this in some agents.  They come to this point because they can't let it go.  24-7 they are in the game.  They come to wonder why they are losing clients and not getting any business.  They work themselves into exhaustion and find it difficult to come back.  Take time to enjoy other things in life and live it to the fullest.  The meaning of banal: dull or stale as because of overuse.  Is your business lacking because you have been at it so long you can't remember when the last time you took some days off.  Take some days off and get back into life.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 2
Tell me when you're at work (which should be 24-7) do you sometimes find yourself doing this?  If you are SNAP OUT OF IT and get busy.  Don't let yourself fall victim to this wherever you are in your career. Don't fall victim or lure anyone else into this and the meaning of banausic: merely mechanical mundane or utilitarian.  Believe none of your clients will believe you each and every client has their needs and you need to meet those needs.  To be banausic in your approach will end your career.  Join wordsmith on Activerain.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 7
Man oh man I know this one hits home.  This just happened to me the other day.  I had written a blog and someone commented on it.  I when I read it took it one way of course it was the wrong way and I responded.  After I cooled off and went back to re-read my comments I found I was a jerk.  The meaning of (ab sturj'): to wipe away: clean.  I've learned my lesson from now on I will write a comment and wait a little while as I calm down and then decide to post it or not.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 2
Ever wonder when the storm clouds appear if that one is going to be the bad one you'll never forget.  How about when you know you have made a mistake and the boss wants to see you do you get the deep gut feeling.  Remember in the corporate world or whatever line of work you're in your bosses made mistakes also on their way up the ladder.  If a novice could build one of the most historic vessels of all times just think on what you can do.  The people on the top can be dismissed just as fast as you can.  What do you think happened to the engineers who built the Titanic?  Remember sunshine they can't eat you and tomorrow will come.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
I know I have and I bet you have to.  I have truly talked my best talk and poured my heart and feelings out to certain people.  Some clients I have spoken to and tried to get their business have come to this.  Nothing has worked for some of these people and I know I just know I could have done a better job than the agent they chose.  I don't understand but I guess why they make Ford, BMW and Hyundai.  The meaning of (a bort'iv): coming to nothing: unsuccessful, fruitless.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 3
Although I have been talked to in my former profession and once I was actually written up.  I can't remember what I did to be written up so apparently it was no big deal and did not affect my position.  So anyway I know my dad did this but otherwise no one has affected me in this manner.  The meaning of (a bas') is to humble or humiliate.  I truly hope no client has done this to you now are far as the broker you're on your own.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 3
I can't speak for the rest of my office or any other agent on the face of this earth.  I can say that for me man what a ride.  First it started with a listing and then another one Friday.  Today I landed another listing and still another on Friday.  I am working on getting a third for the week.  Then there is an offer we are waiting on a response from and I'll write another one tomorrow and maybe a third.  Life is good. It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
I have had them in the past and I have only one or two left.  If they start this with me for no good reason I cancel the contract and never look back.  I have too many clients that don't do this.  They realize I'm doing the best I can to market their property.  The meaning of yammer: to whine, whimper, or complain.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 0
The business of finding homes or property in any venue is one I embrace whole heartedly and enjoy.  There are rules to be in this business and rule number 1 is that the industry is changing as it has in the past and rule number 2 is to refer to rule number 1.  If you are stuck in the past than you might need to look for another career.  I understand rules may vary from region to region but the basic concept is that things change and so does real estate.  That's my two cents worth otherwise I say "It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 4
Sometimes I wonder where clients get the ideas of what they are asking us to do.  I understand that for the most part the client is right but on occasions I believe they pull the information out of the thin air.  The meaning of ufology: the study of UFO'S.  Maybe someone needs to ask them where they came up with that idea but not me...  Join the group wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com  
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 2
Have you noticed when looking over the MLS exchange some of the agents when giving driving directions it's difficult at least to follow them?  They will get you to your destination at some point but man the left and rights get confusing sometimes.  The meaning of wedein: a series of short parallel turns executed in rapid succession.  Be kind to other agents (if possible) when giving directions on the MLS or otherwise.  Join wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 3
I know when I first started I did this.  As I look back it was not some of the best decisions I have made in my life.  I did it and there's nothing I can do about it.  Since then I have tried to avoid this type of behavior but it's something I have to keep in mind every time I write a contract or talk to a client.  The meaning of tachisme is: a method of action painting upon the canvas in apparently random patterns.  Don't let your contract be a mismatched pattern but follow the advice of your broker, state regulations and do it right.  Join the group wordsmith on AR.  It's a great day to buy or sell a home. Visit me at www.sellnwa.com

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