Li's Blog: Nobody likes change...

Nobody likes change...

Change means we have to shift around our established thought patterns, have to let go of this idea that we are somehow in charge.   Pretty scary.   Letting go is not easy.   Easier to try to stuff the past into the future, while we are still mired in the present.  Change.   It will always force us to be thinking of new ways to be.  

I have always thought that real estate agents are especially able to model out successful change solutions.   Most of us came to the business from other worlds, other business backgrounds.   We are still in the business because it gives us endless opportunity to be creatively in the now.   Realtors were probably first to see the advantages of websites for marketing, and then for social media as a way to present personality, along with marketing product (yes, listings are our inventory, our product). 

When we come out of this social distancing/self-isolation reaction to a health crisis, we may find a total online world awaiting us.   Realtors have an opportunity here to consider what that really means.   We are connectors.   We are bridges between two different people...a buyer and a seller.   PropTech will be useful, but it's only a tool.   We already use lots of tools that we never even thought about in 2008. 

So...change.   Maybe it's just about giving ourselves permission to put on our creative socks when we get up in the morning.   Yes, it's scary to consider...risk is always scary...but think of the outcome: endless possiblity.    Let's just assume that our fear of failure is self-imposed, that it actually has no reality.  Will that make it a tiny bit easier to jump into change?  It's happening anyway...better to get in now?  

Sometimes, a little imbibing of Mommy Nature's charms can make change a little easier?   And your thoughts are?   Always welcome!

 

 

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Comment balloon 27 commentsLi Read • March 29 2020 06:36PM

Comments

You are right - change is hard.  Even good changes are difficult.  The ones who survive this crisis will be the ones who were willing to change.

Thanks for the post.

Posted by Karen Climer, Teaching people to pass the real estate exam (Demetree School of Real Estate) 6 months ago

Oh, I do like the way you think. Yes, there are opportunities and change is inevitable. Sometimes it just happens more quickly than we anticipate. And yes, as I watch the heavy branches dance outside my window this afternoon, I know there is change blowing in the wind.  Mother Nature imbibing is going on frequently here. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 6 months ago

Li,

Now you are speaking my language.  Change never goes away, it is always here, now, and now and now...Like time it is an illusion.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

Hello Li - I suspect many Realtors® handle change better than many people simply because our industry has and continues to change so quickly. That being said, it took me two weeks of Shelter in Place to solidify a new routine--which I suspect will be changing yet again in the next 3 or so days.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 6 months ago

Hi Li- what a lovely post. And you are so right...we have the tools we've been using. After we are past this, we may find different ways to use them but let's embrace the challenge. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

Hi Li,  Thanks for sharing your thoughts.  Great post - Change is difficult, but inevitable.  So we try to find ways to make the best of it until we can find that comfort level.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 6 months ago

Hello Li  - is the abruptness of change that finds many with a dislike even a distrust.  Pondering thoughts.  Like change itself - never ending.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Hello, to all...truly appreciated your comments.  These are, indeed, unique times.   Thank you!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) 6 months ago

Li, our industry does show change and frequently.  We must be able to see change and make adjustments.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

Good morning, Li Read if any group of people can handle change, it would be real estate agents.... it's survival of the fittest ...we are accustomed.....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) 6 months ago

Good morning Li. I was never a fan of change but when it was obvios in the late 90's that online was here to stay I bought a computer, paid someone to teach me how to use it and began marketing.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 6 months ago

I have not seen much changes other than Open House is prohibited. Local Association recommend more cautious approach since our county alreay topped over 1,000 patients, multiple bodies.  Yesterday I called a client wanted to buy business stating that beach area has no death. Just 19 identified positive for the same county.  We are all eternally optimistic.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) 6 months ago

It is time for real estate professionals to face the reality of change.

When we come out of this social distancing/self-isolation reaction to a health crisis, we may find a total online world awaiting us. 

 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Change is a given in our lives. Totally unexpected changes can be harder to deal with, but if we want to survive, we need not only to deal, but to thrive.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 6 months ago

One of the things I hope stays the same after this - we got an Executive Order to do Virtual Notaries. That's a good thing in any market.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) 6 months ago

Hi Li:

There are some excellent points here. Yes, change is hard, and sometimes it's worse than others. And it's rare that something happens that affects everyone, like now. We are all looking forward to this being over someday, but think about what the world may look like then, and how so much has changed in just the last few weeks, like it or not.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 6 months ago

Good evening Li Read ,

Im so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Loved the take on change. You must always anticipate change and not be fearful of it or it will paralyze you

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) 6 months ago

Happy that Kathy shared this post. Very well written and just what we need right now.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 6 months ago

Am soo so appreciative of all of your comments/responses to my post.  Thank you.   Li

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) 6 months ago

Thanks Li Read , and congratulations on getting your post featured!    I came back this morning to re-read this - lots of great concepts here: we might as well embrace change!    What a great question - what if many of our fears are self-imposed?    With no basis in reality!    I love your photo, and your premise that taking in Mother Nature makes handling things a little easier.    I chose to live in nature - my property has 20+ redwood trees and is bordered by the San Lorenzo River.    So much to be grateful for....

Posted by M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist (Century 21 Showcase REALTORs) 6 months ago

Life would be boring if it was the same all the time. I know some 'good' will come out of this pandemic.  Will be interesting to watch.  I stay positive.

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 6 months ago

Li, we are learning new ways of doing business, as right now in Denver, we have NO in-person showings, so live tours are done or a Zoom event.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

So true!  I like change to a degree, but when it comes to software changing and new software implemented I don't want my business to suffer.  I think it's that we don't take the extra time to allow for change?

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 5 months ago

Oh, Li Read - This is truthful writing at its best. I honestly hope the people behind the scenes on ActiveRain give you a FEATURE that stands on its own for ALL to read because it really is FEATURE worthy and shouldn't be part of a collection of other bloggers. I decided, that from this day forward, I'm coming here to re-read what you have written. It's so profound and meaningful. Li, you really, honestly, and truly made a positive impact on me.

Thank you!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago

Thank you to all who commented...it means a lot.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) 5 months ago

Li Read - here it is the end of May and I discovered I made a broken promise. I promised "this day forward, I'm coming hear to re-read what you have written." Well, I'm here now and read your more recent posts. I found reading one post is not enough. You are a woman of wisdom and I appreciate you. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

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