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Don't Feel Sorry For Me... I Just Closed My Biggest Sale

"You are in real estate.  I feel sorry for you these days."

I've lost count of how many times someone has said something along these lines to me in the past few weeks and months.

What with the daily news of the economy, devastating media reports about the real estate market, foreclosures, prices taking nosedives, etc. -- what should people be thinking?

"You must have a lot of time on your hands these days."

"Have you thought about a back-up plan or a part-time job?"

Is the real estate market really that bad?  The market presents challenges, for sure, but there are also opportunities.  It is not a bad market, but a changed one here in Northern Virginia and D.C.

After my $970,000 settlement on a luxury townhouse in Arlington on November 7th, I've had a new answer to this barrage of questioning for the last 10 days:

"Actually I just closed my biggest sale about a week ago -- almost $1 million."

Jaws drop.  Bewilderment ensues.  Misperceptions are shattered.  Maybe the market really ain't that bad.

Or maybe this guy Brian Block is doing something right. 

While other REALTORS spend their last days hanging on in the business complaining about the market around the water cooler waiting for their phone to ring, the strong agents and brokers are surviving, even thriving.

Action and attitude win out every day over media hype and complaining whining.

And while I continue to enjoy the afterglow of a big sale, I'm not bragging about it around a water cooler... I'm too busy this week with 3 new buyers.

Good thing I never got that part-time job...

I still have time for you!


Contact Brian Block, REALTOR/Attorney, RE/MAX Allegiance: Licensed in Virginia & Washington D.C. (703) 626-0715. If you are interested in purchasing or selling a property in Northern Virginia including Arlington County, Alexandria City, Annandale, Burke, D.C., Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Lorton, Springfield, Washington D.C., contact Brian today.


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Comment balloon 107 commentsBrian Block • November 18 2008 12:45PM


That's because Brian Block is a kick ass agent!!!!   Congrats my friend

Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) over 9 years ago

Yes GuY !! Congrats from Canada still working on kicking my business in overdrive... Lots of people sell now just for very different reasons !! 

Posted by Carl Stars (Sutton Group About Town Realty ) over 9 years ago

I have gotten the same comments, but ask my husband, he would say he never sees me.  Sometimes I have to ask him to help me with property checks or issues with some of my reo listings.  Buyers are GOOD to me and my partner.  This is our best year yet!!  Gong for the gold while we can!!

Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) over 9 years ago

While other REALTORS spend their last days hanging on in the business complaining about the market around the water cooler waiting for their phone to ring, the strong agents and brokers are surviving, even thriving.  Action and attitude win out every day

Hey Brian,

That's very true.  Two thumbs up for attitude and action.  Keep on thriving in this changing market. 

And CONGRATS on your big sale!



Posted by Not Yet Licensed over 9 years ago

Brian- You are right! Congrats on your closing. Here in our area the million plus homes are selling and in a very short amount of time. A lot of people taking their money out of the markets and putting it into their homes. We just got 2 more million dollar plus listings and 3 of our over a million dollar listings have offers on them. We have an appointment tomorrow for a 6.5 million dollar land and home, not sure if we want to take the listing yet. Need to see the property to make sure the pricing is correct.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 9 years ago

Brian, ditto. They look at you with sad eyes and then when you tell them things like this, they are shocked. Not what they are reading in the papers. Hey, you should be getting some new influx of people and some moving out, right?

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Celebrate!  Congratulations on a great deal!  We need to keep telling the success stories so that everyone realizes the market is not dead and now is a good to buy a home.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Brian - excellent !!!  I love the slogan "attitude and action" WIN !!  Treat yourself to something nice! 

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 9 years ago

Brian, you are so right!  Keep on truckin' and leave the naysayers behind!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 9 years ago

Fantastic Brian!  Yes I am also keeping busy.  It does seem those that are actually "working" instead of complaining are making a living.

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 9 years ago

Come on though!  Our profession and the state of the market is still worth a free beer from sympathetic souls, I have boughten many a drinks HAHA!!! 

There is also room though to remind those that ask that any referal will help me get back on my feet.  Real Estate is not dead just slow.   

Congrats on your deal.  Any closed deal is worth bragging about, so bask in the after glow! 


Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) over 9 years ago

Good for you.  I just closed a $1,100,000 sale too. 

I'm busy as a Beaver and collecting checks every few days. 

Is it easy?  No.  But, hard work will pay off.  I just need more hours in the day.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Big sales that close are always bigger deals that didn't.  I have a habit of never even discussing sales until they are closed.  So much can happen.  Congrats, now start working on the next one!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) over 9 years ago

Woo hoo !!!! Rock on... that is awesome.  We get a lot of that crap too about how bad we must be doing... sometimes I am ashamed to say that we are doing better this year than last year.  And we had a great year last year !!!  I am more worried about 2009 at this point... LOL, but then again I was worried going into 2008 !  Not sure what I am "worried" about. 

Is an awesome achievment !  Congrats : )

Posted by Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access) over 9 years ago

You go Mr. Block!  It's all conversation until it closes; I'm glad you are having this conversation:)  Between the vast negativity and the rose-colored perspective, there are still transactions being closed each and every day. 

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 9 years ago

There's nothing to worry about Christopher and Stephanie, you guys are on top of your game :)

We agree with Lenn. This past month was very successful for us. It all varies market to market and how you sell yourself through advertising in print and online.  Consistency is the key. I don't think any of our team members have had a day off in almost 2 years now. But that's also why we're surviving while others in our market aren't.  

Brian, keep up the good work. You are a classic example of success! :)


Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) over 9 years ago

I love it.  That's awesome.  I just got a million dollar listing.  I would love to sell it.

Posted by Adam B. Wolfe over 9 years ago


PS voted for ya on the recent Virginia best blogs!

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) over 9 years ago

Brian- Loved the headline and I too get tired of people looking at me like I'm soon-to-be roadkill!  Fact is, most of these folks have less job security right now than I do...or to phrase it better; I don't have the luxury of "job security" which drives me to make sure I accomplish what I need to.  You're right, you need the right attitude and you need to be proactive, there are opportunities.  Congrats on the 3 new buyers as well.  Sounds like a great week!

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 9 years ago

Well Brian, I'd like to tell you how sick I am of all the whiners but it would sound like whining.  Congratulations on your most recent sale and on all the ones we'll both have in the future.  Thanks for the encouraging words.

Posted by Marian Goetzinger, Crystal Coast Real Estate NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000) over 9 years ago


Thanks for the upbeat post.  I think it's so important to stay away from the negative.  Just yesterday someone asked my sister, "How is Barb doing in this market?" and she responded "She's having a great year." which caused her friend to say "Really??????" in utter disbelief.

 I have noticed that quite a few homes in the past several weeks have been selling in under 30 days and that's what I have been talking about. We must stay positive!


Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 9 years ago

This is what I want to hear!  Positive Attitude.  Congratulations on your big sale.  Now lets get everyone else thinking positive!

Posted by deVismes P. Sharp, Talbot County Maryland Realtor (Benson and Mangold Real Estate) over 9 years ago

That's great! I'm so glad to hear that your business is thriving. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) over 9 years ago


Congrats on the sale. I can't complain since I've been pretty busy all year. Maybe not with large sales but the little ones sure add up too. Frankly right now I've got about 7 or 8 transactions that will hopefully close and they are a mix of everything from rentals...approved short sales and even a few listings that are not negative so if anyone thinks there isn't business to get then let them send their leads to me and I'll work them and turn some into cold hard cash baby!

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Whoo-hoo! Givin it up to you Brian!

The market is really great here in NW Alabama, too!

Posted by June Watson, Realtor , NW Alabama (Weichert Realtors, ProSouth) over 9 years ago


Thanks for the kick-butt blog!  I recently pulled out my copy of "The Secret" and re-read it!  It's sooooo easy to slip back into STINKING-THINKING and I HATE IT!  Your blog has rejuvenated me!  Onward and upward with my positive thinking/action plan!

Much Appreciated,

Kathy Opatka, REALTOR- Ocean City,MD

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 9 years ago


     The market is not bad here in Waco Texas either. I haven;t sold a million dollar property, but I have sold. My market is holding steady from this time last year, maybe even up ever so slightly.

Posted by Ann Cordes, Home Ownership is Not a Distant Dream (Century 21 Randall Morris and Associates, Waco) over 9 years ago

Exactly. Great post. I get so sick of it too. My answer is usually something like "Between 700-800 residential properties are selling each month in Lee County". WHAT? I thought the market was dead....Yeah ok.

Posted by Susan Milner, Cape Coral Real Estate Broker, FloridaFutureAgents (Florida Future Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Congrats on the sale, Brian! And further congrats on defeating Brian Block in the first round of the Blog Brawl. Good luck in the Elite Eight!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 9 years ago

Brian -

Attitude IS Everything!  Congrats!


Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 9 years ago


Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 9 years ago

Brian, congradulations! Hard work does pay off!

Posted by Len Hart, Associate Broker (REMAX Advantage Realty) over 9 years ago

Brian - congratulations!  I love the attitude - and the fact that you throw it back out there :-) 

Posted by Real Estate Virtual Assistant & Agent, Proud to Serve Your Real Estate Needs (Christine Wade) over 9 years ago

Brian, congrats on your closing. You showed 'em.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

I agree Brian. If many Realtors would get to work instead of standing around whining they might see some results. When times change you as a professional have to also change.

Attitude can be everything.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Somehow Brian, I am not at all surprised!  Real estate transactions happen even in the worst markets and those that are professional simply show up to do the work and close the deal.  Congratulations!!!

Posted by Kathi Frank, The Woodlands TX (Kate Writes Right) over 9 years ago

Way to go.......................great story...........You gotta work with what you got and make the most of it. Do the activities and good things will happen.

Posted by Kevin Schamel (Coldwell Banker United Realtors) over 9 years ago

Brian!  Congratulations!  Your biggest sale!  WOW!  SUper!  Good For you!  Good going!



Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 over 9 years ago

Great point.  Great agents are out doing business deals and not hanging around talking about their bad business.  The deals are out there.  I amnew to my market after moving here from VA in June 2006 and am doing great thanks to networking, getting out in the community and of course great SEO thru sites like ActiveRain.  Another great way to get business is as simple as answering your phone and emails.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) over 9 years ago

Congratulations Brian!! Way to go! I've always loved your winning attitude on AR & enjoyed seeing you at SF Inman in July and rejoiced for your accomplishments. I have 2 closings next week, nearly wrapping up my year at more than double of what I did last year... I thank this AR community for that, much inspiration, education and support... It never stops raining... People like you make us all so proud to be in the RAIN! Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 9 years ago

It really baffles me as to why a lot of people are averse to getting into real estate nowadays.  As I've noted in my blog, this is the best time to be in real estate since we're having the BIGGEST fire sale ever on real estate properties.

Posted by Erik Sale (EZ Key Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Congratulations Brian! Great blog ~ we have to have the right attitude and keep moving forward.

Posted by Cynthia Taylor (First United Realty) over 9 years ago

You ROCK, Mr. BLOCK! MAN! That'll shut anyone up. GREAT JOB! May it be just the beginning. GBU~

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) over 9 years ago

BTW...can I borrow $50? ;-)

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) over 9 years ago

That's so great!!! Congrats! :) I can't wait until I close a $1M property! Soon enough :)

Posted by Ubong Attah (Attah Realty Group - Ready Real Estate, Dallas) over 9 years ago

Brian Congratulations on your closing!! They say that good agents get busier in the down times and the bad agents get another job!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 9 years ago

I love the post and congrats! We have as much in the pipeline as we have had at any given time this year. It's still fear amongst the people - terrified to buy and terrified to call the lender - except the big names who created half this mess to start with! Congradulations Brian.
-Ken Cook

Posted by Ken Cook, Content Marketer/Creator (Content, coding, marketing, host.) over 9 years ago

It is all about attitude!!!! I refuse to listen to bad news without correcting them that homes are selling and now is still the best time to buy in your life!

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Hey hat is off to you...I have three closings and together they won't equal you one it must be that "Brian" guy is indeed doing something right!  Nice post and it is a changed market working to be in it is the key.  Nice feature Brian.

Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") over 9 years ago

Way to go Brian!! I totally agree...Quit talking about how bad the market is & get out there & close some deals!!

Best, Dan

Posted by Dan Magstadt (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc) over 9 years ago

You are a true inspirations!


Posted by Debbie Hutchins over 9 years ago

Brian congratulations. It says alot in a changing economy.

Posted by Eric McGowan over 9 years ago

Congratulations Brian, It such good news to see some doing so well. It can only give hope to the rest of us.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 9 years ago

Great job, Brian! Love your attitude!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) over 9 years ago

Good for you!  Just yesterday a Broker from the Mainland walked into my open house and right away was telling me how I got in the market at the wrong time and that I better have a part-time job.  I kept my smile and told him that I like to think optimistically and tried to point out the features of the property.  Luckily, he received a phone call and had to leave right away.  I didn't need his negativity - it doesn't help anyone.  I wish you continued success!

Posted by Maui Real Estate - Lisa B. Miller R(S) (Keller Williams Realty Maui) over 9 years ago

Brian, congrats!  My favorite sentence was...

While other REALTORS spend their last days hanging on in the business complaining about the market around the water cooler waiting for their phone to ring, the strong agents and brokers are surviving, even thriving.  Action and attitude win out every day

You hit the nail on the head.  I had a quiet month or two this year... but that's it!  In October I closed on 5 homes and this month 3 homes (and counting!).  The financing didn't fall through, the buyers were able to get a great deal and the sellers were able to move on to new horizons.  A definite win-win for everyone.  Hard work and a great attitude is EVERYTHING.

Posted by Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team) over 9 years ago

So True, Awesome GOOD NEWS Post... Congrats on the big sale!.

"Action and attitude win out every day over media hype and complaining whining"... Well said.

The sad part is that the water cooler folks complaining, were probably there at the cooler in the other market, it's just now, they can't whine and get their 5 to 10 deals a year, that use to fall in their lap.

Posted by Grant & Lisa Bennett (The Bennett Group - REMAX of Greensboro) over 9 years ago

So glad to hear the great news!  After a very rough year I just closed 4 houses in the last couple of months...Real estate is alive and getting better!!!

Posted by Sara Homan, Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+ (Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044) over 9 years ago has been a good market.  Our area has million dollar sales all the time due to us being in a resort community.  There's always someone out there who will need to buy or sell...

Posted by Kerry Jenkins (Prime Properties) over 9 years ago

I'm going to be out showing my most expensive listings this weekend. I've been getting inquires like crazy over the last 2 weeks for early spring closings.

Posted by Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523 (William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

You go Brian! Just curious as to whether it was commercial property. Commercial development has been on the upswing for several years in my area playing catch up with the increased population. Congratulations on your big sale and "featured" post.

Posted by Debbie Small, REALTOR (Long & Foster Realtors) over 9 years ago

I got a part time our office :)

I also have done okay during the year...and no matter what the price tag... the effort and hard work is what matters.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 9 years ago

Rock on!!!  Congratulations on the "featured"

When I say I am in real estate people look like they think I'm not eating.  Almost like pity but still a little of the hang in there kid attitude.

I just tell them I am working in REO's and that is a very busy market.  I remind them I am trying to put families back into the empty homes.

Posted by Sandra McCarty, Sandy McCarty your Relocation agent for Iowa (Keller Williams ) over 9 years ago

WOW!!!  Attitude is everything!!!  Thanks for sharing the story & Congratulations!!!

Posted by Deborah Wilkinson (Premiere Property Group) over 9 years ago


I completely agree with you!  Attitude is everything, if you are willing to work there is always work to be found. 

Congratulations on your sale!

Posted by Sabrina Solesbee over 9 years ago

I get this question all the time too. When I tell them I work REOs exclusively and that I'm busier now than I ever have been, they don't have much else to say!

Posted by David Ethridge (Sea Lion Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I hear the same thing, Brian.  It just shows how people think they know the market based on media reports.  By the way - congrats on the sale!

Posted by Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team (RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs) over 9 years ago

Awesome!, Congrats!  thanks for the inspiration and reminder to put our nose to the grindstone - business is not going to just walk in our door and drop money in our laps!

Posted by James C. Johnson (Legacy Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Great news and enjoy!!!

Posted by Ann Hayman, GRI,CDPE,IRES, Jacksonville, FL. Gated Communities , Real Estate (Norville Realty) over 9 years ago

Congratulations, Brian! It IS good that you never got that part-time job. It's all about attitude - and pushing forward to get things done~

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 9 years ago

Thats wonderful and encouraging news-congrats! Not just other realtors, but even acquaintances gawk at me when I tell them I'm busier now than I've ever been! Bring it on!

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Great news!  Call every newspaper and tell them to print that newsflash!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted by Darla Jensen (Edina Realty) over 9 years ago

Congrats on the closing Brian. There is business out to be had by those willing to work for it.

Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) over 9 years ago


Tha'ts awesome news----keep up the good work---we love to hear these stories because they build us back up.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 9 years ago

Way to go on your biggest sale and for that winning attitude!  What a great post.  I can't tell you how many times I have been asked "what were you thinking!"  In any kind of market people are going to need us, especially now more then ever.

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

Congratulations on the big sale.  We always like those big ones.  I closed a huge one this year too

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ (Real Estate One) over 9 years ago

December will be my biggest "closing" month!  I can't believe it.  Not only am I closing my largest sell...but I'm closing a couple other properties.  I've only been doing this for 11 months...and I didn't think I would have anything .....but wow!  I'm working full-time!

Posted by Barbara Dougher, Realtor - 2008 Rookie of the Year (Coldwell Banker United East Texas Division) over 9 years ago


You go guy.  The big ones are always great but the smallest ones help pay the bills too!

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) over 9 years ago

Very cool ~ and congratulations!  It all comes down to hard work, perserverance and attitude!

Posted by Joddie Roberts, Your Spokane Realtor - Spokane, WA (Mountain Real Estate and Property Management) over 9 years ago

Awesome news Brian. My fingers are crossed on a record-breaking sale out here on the West Coast.

Posted by Vickie Nagy over 9 years ago

I am in the same frame of mind as you.  You can make your own reality that is for sure.  We are so lucky in our area that we have a pretty good market and probably the lowest unemployment in the country.  I let every one complain and just keep on selling houses.  Good for you.

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 9 years ago

Attitude makes the difference.  Someone everyday is closing a deal.

Posted by Lisa Begeny, CDPE, ABR (RE/MAX Associates Realty) over 9 years ago



I couln't agree more.  We're up 24% for the year.

This is an exciting time to be in the realestate business.



Posted by Michael Almeida, Licensed New Jersey Home Inspector (Pillar To Post - Professional Home Inspection) over 9 years ago

Brian, Congratulations!  That is wonderful.  I bet it was the video that you made last summer, BEGGING and pleading for a sale....did they see that? lol..Way to go! 

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 9 years ago

Congratulations Brian!! It's so refreshing to hear about successes with the doom and gloom of the media.. Have FUN celebrating!! 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 9 years ago

Brian, congratulations.  I would have to agree - business is great, and I try to steer clear of those that just want to bemoan their fate and complain.  Nothing you can say to them will make them change their outlook.

Posted by Heather Goodwin, GoodWin Team Realty (Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission) over 9 years ago

Way to go, Brian!  Congratulations!  But aren't you worried about other agents fining out about this and hitting you for a loan?  lol.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Brian, Congratulations! If you see too much news, you'd think our entire industry had sunk. We closed over $2 million in September! It's a state of mind and great attitudes win out every time! (Provided you're willing to put in the hard work and great service, of course, which you obviously are!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago


I too had a big sale this past summer and it felt great to give the same answer you did to all who asked, " so is it really bad in real estate right now?"  "No", I would reply, "it is actually going well!"  -----didn't want to appear cocky!! :)

Let's all hope and pray for more good times to come! 



Posted by Beth Jenkins~~ Miami Beach Real Estate (South Florida Brokers & Associates) over 9 years ago

I agree attitude is everything and while I'm not complaining- I am surviving this market...thriving- no but surviving yes. Real estate is local and my biggest sale this year has been $295,000...far cry from your near million dollar sale...but I'll take it.

Attitude is king!!!

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 9 years ago

never feel sorry for me. I have lived a charmed life and I don't plan to stop now.

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) over 9 years ago

A lot of people who are not in our business automatically assumes that the real estate market is bad. A lady who said she found my card asked me if I was interested in earning an additional supplemental income by selling melalucca. I told her that I am not interested. Congratulations on your million dollar sale. Much success to you brian. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

I get a lot of the " I'm sorry " statements also, it has become a big inside joke to my wife and I. We are both in real estate and we are having no troubles.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Congratulations, friend. I could never imagine you complaining, no matter what kind of market:) Incidently, if thing go as planned, my biggest sale will be next week.

Posted by Faina Sechzer, Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ (Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago


Yes, the market is down in most areas but there still is activity. Those who keep the marketing focus will get business and that's what it's all about.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 9 years ago

Good for you!! I actually just sold a milion dollar property too. We got 4 offers in 3 days. Should close in few weeks.

Posted by Nelya Calev (John L Scott) over 9 years ago

Brian: Congratulations on your BIG sale. Real Estate is Local and not all areas are doing badly. All areas have business to be had. One must be willing to go after it.. even in a so called bad market.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

Brian - Way to go, man!  That is terrific to hear.  I had my largest sale about three years ago - came from our website!  I hope things continue to go well for you in 2009.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

Brian,  Congratulations! And thanks for a personal kick in my pants as I was heading for a ho-hum week with little focus having gotten knocked in the dirt a bit. Guess I'll be picking myself up now and heading out the door for round two.

Posted by Cat Zwicker, CRS, Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results! (Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC) over 9 years ago

This is a great blog! The title caught my eye and I had to read it. And glad I did. Great job and thanks for sharing!

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) over 9 years ago

I'm late to this party.

This post made me so sad it brought a tear to my eye...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks Brian.  Your post was a nice shot in the arm.  Actually, I am doing about as much business as I did last year.  So that means I have a business model in place that gets about 3 million in business mark.  Gotta change that.

Love the energy.

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) over 9 years ago

Hi Brian -  WAY TO GO!!!

I love these things you wrote:

< Action and attitude win out every day over media hype and complaining whining.

Good thing I never got that part-time job...

I still have time for you! >

And congrats on the new buyers - may you have quick smooth sales with each of them as well.

ps - good luck in the Blog Brawl, too!  ;-)

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 9 years ago

Congrats Brian! With Thanksgiving just over a week away, I know you are very Thankful. Best wishes for a great 2009.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

Thats great news!  I'm getting the same thing this year, and I respond the same way...had a 1.7million dollar sale not long ago...people are surprised that this is my best year ever....

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) over 9 years ago

Attitude and action is what seems to seperate the 'haves' from the 'have nots'  It is sometimes tough to stay positive and look on the bright side, but it's the attitude you project and the actions you take that will keep you successful in any market.  Congratulations on your continued success.

Sean Kavanagh

Posted by Sean Kavanagh (Century 21 Miller) over 9 years ago

Brian - it amazes me how many agents have fed into the negativity.  I look at it as more business for me :)  Thanks for your positive post - I wish more agents would take the time to read it instead of sulking!

Tina in Virginia

Posted by Tina Merritt, Virginia Real Estate (Nest Realty) over 9 years ago