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_
“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.
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!)
“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.)
“Breakfast hook” – More MLS hoots and hang-ups
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!”
“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.)
“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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