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Titles can be the hardest part.

I wrote the title to this post about 100 times. Each time, I thought it sounded too dramatic. This post isn’t meant to be dramatic, but rather a simple statement of fact and some words wrapped around it. It could be a lengthy post or I could keep it rather simple (something I am not known for), but it is a post of some significance for me and those that know me.

Now that I’ve been overly dramatic, let’s get to it shall we? To put it simply, I am no long a real estate agent.

Now before you read that last sentence again while you rub your eyes because you think you must have misread it, let me assure you, you saw what you saw. Of course, a statement like that deserves some explanation and I will now attempt to do so. I let my license expire at the end of April as I approached the deadline for renewal. It was a conscious decision with a tinge of sadness, but not without merit. I’ve had some personal issues lately and as I’ve been trying to take care of those, I have had to come to terms with the fact that I can not balance real estate and those issues at the same time without letting one falter. With that realization, I had to make a decision and with my family needing my attention more than real estate did, it should be easy enough to see which side I chose and why.

I am currently unlicensed, but that does not mean I will remain that way. I am putting the wheels in motion as we speak to sort out the issues and make my return to licensed status. I will miss real estate for the brief period I am gone, of that there is no doubt. In real estate I have found something that gets me excited everyday and makes me wake up thinking, “what will today bring?” I have a lot to learn still (and always will), but I know that I am a great agent and will most likely be doing this for most of the rest of my life. Leaving music, I wondered what I would find out there and real estate answered. I never knew just how much I would come to love it, but I definitely have.

In the meantime, I will still continue some of my blogging activity and be around my usual internet haunts when I am available. I hope you’ll all continue to say hello and talk for a minute or two of your day. Although, it makes it sound a lot like a goodbye (which it isn’t, this is more of a “I’ll see you in a few”), I’d also like to thank all of my real estate industry related friends and readers. AgentGenius has truly been a highlight of real estate for me – both for my own personal learning and growth as well as fun, good times, and friendship. You probably didn’t know this, but I have a desire to educate at some point in my career, so AgentGenius is always a great proving ground for me.

Wisdom from the masses.

Have you ever had to press pause? Have you ever stepped away from real estate for a moment? I’d be curious to hear from some of you out there about your experiences. I’ve had wonderful support from my office, other agents, and my clients, which have made the temporary transition much easier. Was it “hard” to get back into the groove or did you find yourself missing it so much that you dove back in with renewed energy? As I work to resolve things and get back to what I love, I wonder if there’s something that you’ve experienced that helped you in the past.

So without any drama, I say to you: I’ll see you soon, don’t be a stranger, and thanks as always!

photo courtesy of fbz_

Matt is a former PA-based rockstar turned real estate agent with RE/MAX Access in San Antonio, TX. He was asked to join AgentGenius to provide a look at the successes and trials of being a newer agent. His consumer-based outlook on the real estate business has helped him see things from both sides. He is married to a wonderful woman from England who makes him use the word "rubbish."

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  1. Nanette Labastida

    May 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Matt – you are always inspiring no matter what you write about! I am sure your decision and thought process coming to it are difficult yet clear and wise for what you need right now! i know you will be back because i know that “feeling” too of waking up to the excitement of all that real estate brings. it’s in the blood.
    I haven’t ever taken a full pause, but i have gone on job interviews and even taken part time jobs a few times when i have felt this wasn’t working for me or my family, but yes, i did come back with renewed energy excitement determination and passion. good luck with it all!

  2. Vicki

    May 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I let my first license expire (long time ago, probably before you were even born) when I went back in the corporate world because I needed a steady paycheck. I always kept my eye on what was happening in my local RE market, and 10 years later I renewed it and have been full time ever since.

    You have a lot to offer as a young, enthusiastic and smart agent. Through your writing, you come across as genuine (not the stereotype agent) and I’m sure your clients choose you because they recognize your sincerity and honesty.

    If you really need to, take a break and catch your breath, but don’t stay away too long. We need more agents like you! 🙂

  3. Dunes

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Matt I am very sorry to hear this news as I consider it loss for the Consumers in your Area and your Profession as a whole.

    I have always appreciated the sharing of your thoughts and your honesty. Am wishing all things go well for you and your family….Best to you and Thanks

    (I will be looking forward to hearing more from you)

    • Erica Ramus

      May 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      Ditto to what Dunes said, Rock Star Realtor! Hope to hear from you soon.

  4. Greg Barnhouse

    May 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Matt, you are still a “Rock Star” in my mind, and always will be. Your writing has been inspirational to me in getting my own career going. I left the corporate world for some of the same reasons you are suggesting. I spent so much time traveling and was always in Asia or Europe rather than being here with my family. So, I joined my wife, Diana, a couple years ago. While I don’t get paid what I used to, I spend so much more time with my family than I did before, and with both of us working together, we can spread the workload a bit so that usually one of us is around our boys. I hear what you are saying, though, as one can spend an infinite amount of time it seems in Real Estate, with our clients and all the transactional elements.

    But, you will be back, I know. You are built for this. I hope you get everything worked out. If ever there is anything I can do to help you, even though I am in Dallas, it’s not that far . . . please let me know. Even this post was inspirational, even if just to know you are doing what is needed for your family. Thanks!

  5. Mark Brian

    May 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Well I hope this break will be a short one! I am sure you will be back in the thick of things as soon as you can and will be missed by your peers!

  6. Janie Coffey

    May 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    wow, I know that what you need to take care of will get the attention, reflection and care that you put towards everything you do. I won’t say goodbye, because I know you aren’t really going anywhere, just taking a break from licensed status and I wish you Godspeed in taking care of your open items and a return to full time licensed real estate. HUGGGSSSS to you!

  7. Jonathan Benya

    May 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Matt, I hope you won’t be out for long! I love reading your writing, and I’ll be anxiously awaiting your return!

  8. Ken Brand

    May 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Hand over heart. Moves to hand over mouth. Matt my man, you know I/we wish you speed, grace and success on your detour. I’m not worried about you though, you’ve got the goods, simple as that.

    Rock on, need anything give a whistle.


  9. Michael Bertoldi

    May 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hope you’re back sooner than later Matt. Said a lil prayer for you and I hope everything works out for the best.

  10. Dan Connolly

    May 14, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Hey Matt,
    When one door closes ten more open! I hope that you have great success in your next venture! Keep us posted on where your path may lead.

  11. Kathy Jerzak

    May 14, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I have taken a few pauses here and there because of issues at hand that arose but have always been active as far as licensing. Just coming out of a pause and am really enjoying trying to make it work again.

    I hope your issues at hand get resolved quickly and you will be back doing what you love.

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“House on coroner” and other deadly marketing typos

Realtors that don’t proof read their property descriptions in the MLS inevitably end up in the hall of shame here at AGBeat. We hand pick these bloopers in hope that you will be inspired to check yourself before you go and wreck yourself.



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Hi Friends – it’s blooper day, and I found some hilarious gaffes on the MLS this week. I think I finally figured out why we consistently see such errors – agents are letting their pets write their listing remarks.  On the other hand, I suspect that my dog can spell better than some of these culprits, so I may be casting unfair aspersions. Thanks to Jane Peters of Los Angeles for the Blooper of the Week (she hit the mother lode with that one).

Is There A Pulse?

“2 beds uhg” (Me Tarzan, you dummy.)

“Big barths” (Yeah, that usually accompanies a bad hangover…)

“No balls after 9 pm” (My ex had the same problem.)

“House will shit all buyers” (Hence the corn particles in the front yard?)

“Sorry – already bought” (Sign taped to back of seats in the House Chamber.)

Can You Detect A Heartbeat?

“Stay toned for open house schedule” (Man, L.A. sure is a tough market!)

“View from top of hell” (Graffiti on the wall in the Oval office john. )

“Just needs lifts” (…said Tom Cruise’s agent to his producer.)

“Pool chub” (Caption under a photo of me in my bathing suit at the office BBQ.)

“House on coroner” (How convenient – he’s already there to pronounce himself dead.)

Pull The Plug

“Coop for sale” (Oh, is Foster Farms going out of business?)

“Drop in sot” (I see you’ve met the guys who play poker with Uncle Paddy.)

“Coy fish in big pond” (Where are the gregarious fish – in the kegger pond?)

“Big water fault in back” (That’s called a tsunami, and if I were you, I’d run like hell!)

Last Rites

“Bright, Quite garden condo. like home 3bads and 2 full bath, fire place3 tend-om parking, incloding refrigcrater” (Take the fork out of the socket and then remove your aluminum foil hat, because your hair is on fire…as is your career.)

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“Breakfast hook” – More MLS hoots and hang-ups



Hope is Crap Spelled Backwards

Well friends, this is my last blooper post of the year, and I still have not run out of material. I don’t know whether to thank these hapless agents or to flog them. At the very least, Perhaps I should commend them for sending us off into 2012 with a lot of laughter. Enjoy these bloopers, and have a Happy New Year everyone!

For Those With Hang-Ups

“Kitch with breakfast hook” (Heehaw – hook ’em, book ’em and cook ’em!)

“Indescribable wildlift” (How are those diet pills workin’ out for ya, sweetie?)

“Bif gym fully equipped” (Who’s more fully equipped – Bif or the gym?)

“Brig bonus by New Year’s day” (Yay – a prison party – at last I’ll find a date!)

“Pets wilcome” (Ahhh, a veternarian’s Field of Dreams.)

From Those Who Should Be Hanged

“Christmas crab bag” (I think there’s an ointment for that.)

“Big troy drive” (Big Troy talk like Neanderthal.)

“Nice entertainment arena” (Proudly offered by Ringling Brothers Realty.)

“Fully rehabilitated upper level” (Let me guess – “Twelve Steps” to get there?)

“Breakfat room” (Lapband, anyone?)

“Come to holiday patty” (This is Hollywood, pal – if you pay Patty, she’ll come to you.)

“Enjoy the egg nod” (That explains how your head slammed into the keyboard.)

Can You Hang Somebody Twice?

“Celebrity hose” (Who did they belong to – J. Edgar Hoover?)

“You’ll like dip in pool” (I will if he’s cute and buys me dinner…)

“Ned addition” (Is Ned the dip floating in the pool?)

“Hug play area”  (Ned again?)

“Please ignore big hole in yard” (Should I also ignore the casket with the dead flowers?)

And The 2011 Dufis Award Goes To…

“Buyers will flock like bees to hiney” (Okay, let me first stop laughing long enough to pen a smart-mouth comment. …Oh hell, I can’t….this is killing me…seriously, this has me on the floor, folks.  Okay, let’s try again: “Buyers will flock like bees to hiney.” I’m sorry, I just can’t top that one other than to say:

 “They must  know an ass when they see one!” 

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“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers



The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS.  However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of  the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:

Do You Smell Smoke?

“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)

“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?) 

“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)

“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)

“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)

I Think I See Flames

“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)

“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)

“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)

“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)

“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)

Still Smoldering…

“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)

“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)

“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)

“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)

Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):

“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)



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