Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Life is a Journey, Not a Destination...

Life is a Journey, Not a Destination...

During the course of this economic turn down we all have to minimize the potential damage to our businesses and to our personal financial conditions.will the bubble burst in Texas? Until about a year ago, I never believed that this bubble could actually burst. Now, don't get me hasn't totally but it is threatening to. Since my husband and I work TOGETHER in our Real Estate business and Agency, we are finding less and less to do! The leads are coming in yet the bulk of the quality of leads are shaky at best. People are still wanting to purchase a home or to sell a home but practically everyone either does not meet the new Lending Standards, or they want more money for their homes than the Market will bring.

Personally, all I want to do is to sell homes and write a blog or two thousand. I seem to be accomplishing the latter.

What am I learning from this difficult time?

This is just Random Stuff. My Random Ramblings...Deb's Rambling Thoughts

Murphy and his law are always going to be cropping their little heads up. We should let Murphy roll off our shoulders with grace and wisdom. Maybe we have all been made too comfy in the past and this is the way our universe is correcting a few of our faux pas?  If money made people happy then we would have no unhappy wealthy folks. Man was blessed with the ability to be creative and maybe it's the time to get that way once and for all.  During a time of abundance it is much easier to justify waste and overspending and needless purchases and such. This all could be a part of our learning curve.

At one point, there was no question in my mind where I was going and who I was becoming and where I wanted to end up. Today I am being bombarded with more and more questions. These are mostly questions without answers. No longer do I feel the security of yesterday. It's all a bit scary. Maybe this is just a realization of becoming older and learning to appreciate things and people in a different and more enriching way? Maybe it is meant for us to continue a cycle of renewing our Faith and Understanding of the universe? Maybe, it is meant for all of us to awaken to the goodness of the good. You know, the smaller things in life that end up mattering at the end of the day. end of the day kiss...

One thing I know is that I will always continue to help people realize their dreams in owning their own homes! Real Estate is a part of me and I know it and love it.

At this very moment, I have no clue where my life will take me. What road will I choose? What path leads me in the right direction?



My destination will be wherever I end up. Simple as that. My journey? I am willing and excited to see where it takes me.

Because Life is a Journey, Not a Destination...try to enjoy each and every day, moment and breath you take!

Go with the flow and make the best of what life brings. What is your Journey bringing you? Any revelations? Life is good!!!


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Comment balloon 72 commentsDeb Brooks • July 29 2011 06:33PM


Hi Deb-Yep! These have been some real challenging times, I've enjoyed getting back to the simple things like creating a great BBQs instead of eating out, getting creative with Pandora radio instead of going to live concerts and I do see business coming back, slowly, yet I feel I'm a better Realtor now than I was before. Oh yes my faith has been tested not broken.



Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 over 8 years ago

This is so beautifully said! We need to embrace every moment of life. Just follow your passion. Be happy!

Posted by Irina Riley, GRI, SFR, CNE, e-PRO, SRES (American Dream Colorado) over 8 years ago

Deb - That's our motto as well. Go with the flow. I've been living that motto all my life... Thanks for the uplifting post today.

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 8 years ago

Adrian, me too. Simple is very good in these hurry up times! I am enjoying family and the time with my loved ones. Whatever happens will happens and we all need to appreciate the simpler parts of life. Thank you for coming by.




Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

Irina, remember the old song, "Don't worry, Be happy!"

I guess we should all live by that one! LOL...


Lisa and Robert, you chose an awesome motto! One that works. ;-)

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

It pays to be flexible. . . people that can bend, don't break or "burst" nearly as easily.  Thanks for inspirational post.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Deb-what a great blog, I believe the happiest people treat life as a gift and embrace moments rather than complain about them. have a great day – Jon

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 8 years ago


Beautiful sentiments...and so true! Business is slower but you can use the time to plan the next step, improve your relationship with family & clients, stop and smell the flowers, and :-) I have been enjoying reading your posts & learning from your words of wisdom.

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Deb,  During the downturn that started here in late 2006 (although we didn't realize it at the time), I did do some wheel spinning.  Then I changed companies in 2007 -- more wheel spinning.  Late last year I got some traction and am working smarter.  What one thing has helped?  A coach!

Posted by Marge Draper, REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto) over 8 years ago

Yeah Murphy chiming in here.  Good points Deb.  It's been a tough road for a lot of people these last several years.  Hopefully there's light at the end of the tunnel. One thing we always have to remind ourselves is the good times don't last forever, but the bad times don't either. Things will turn for the better soon.  Let's just remember that we see eratic behavior like we did during the boom years we all need to be cautious, because just around the corner comes the bust.  Great post and best of luck to you.

Posted by Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES, Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Long Realty West Valley) over 8 years ago

spot on, GREAT post....i fyou are not enjoying the "journey"...GO DO SOMETHING ELSE!!!!

I hvae always likedteh rocking chair test:

Imagine you are 80 years old, sitting in your rocking chair on your favorite beach, near your favorite lake, wherever.

 When you look back on today, next week, or next month.....what will you think about.......

Posted by Ben Benita, Speaker, Author, Game Changer, Coach (Ben Benita) over 8 years ago

Deb, I love the Title of your Post. Life is always a Journey, so you might as well enjoy the journey and treat people well on the road. IF you look at reaching a goal, than what happens after you reached it? Great wisdom you shared with the community.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 8 years ago

Joy, flexibility is one of the best destressers there is! Just shrug!

John, thank you. Positivity is the only way! We have to appreciate each day.

Ann, thank you for the kind words. I have learned many things the hard way. If I can save one person from doing the same then I have made a difference!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

Now is definitely the time to enjoy what you DO have, not look beyond for that next shiny toy. Except for technology, but then, that's for business and is ok. And it's a beautiful sunny summer day out there, my roses are blooming, one of my dogs just dug out of the kennel and ran into the forest to chase something. And I let him. Yes, it's a wonderful day.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 8 years ago

Marge, a coach can be invaluable in helping you find your way. A good one will encourage you, support you and become your cheerleader! I hope you remain happy.

MURPHY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON MY BLOG? also have positive words to share. Nothing is guaranteed in our lives but change. So, it only makes sense that if it drops it will come back. Thank you for your wisdom!

Thanks Jerry,

Ben, you just said a mouthful my friend! If it's isn't getting it for you then go get something else. Cool thought.

Endre, journeys are meant to be just that! With a journey we all set out to learn and explore and follow the paths we choose. I'm so glad you read this. Thank you.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

Deb, life has always been about the journey. Great open thoughts on your part, thanks.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

 I think you have articulated a lot of the things people are feeling.  Journeys are great.. some are planned and others are not.  The important thing is to keep learning and growing.  Looks like you are ready to fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the adventure.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

A very honest, transparent and reflective post Deb!  And certainly a sentiment that feels very close to home for all of us.  Where do we go from here?  We hold onto the things that are dear... family, friends, good health (Lord-willing), good times... and most of all... HOPE!  We make the adjustments that we can make, we let go of the rest that we can't control and get on our knees and pray for better days.  Thinkin about ya my friend!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago


You say some very important things for us to consider.  We all experience hard time whether it is the economy, health problems, problems with children or other relatives. The way we meet those obstacles is indicative of how we tackle our lives.  Living is change and we must learn to evolve or become extinct, figuratively and may be literally too. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 8 years ago

Hi Deb ! I was told very early on in my young adult life, to try to always "Enjoy the Journey" !

And from my wedding day, to my daily real estate career, I try to keep that phrase in mind !

All too often we are focussed on the goal, that we miss a lot of fun and memories from the 'journey' to get there !

My goals for the year are all on track so far, but along the way, I have met some terrific people, accomplished some challenging twists and turns, and taken time out to smile and laugh with my kids and family.

... love the reminder, and I always try to Enjoy The Journey !!

Cheers Deb !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 8 years ago

Deb, Simplify and keeping at is all we can do.  My husband and I are in a simliar situation, he's a union electrician.  Date night now might be a Sub at a picnic bench in a park, or watching the sunset at the river or mountain overlooking NY/NJ/PA.  Getting an ice or coffee and window shopping.  shop more carefully, plan errands to get as much done at one time as possible to save gas.  Something I just recently discussed with two of my neighbors was a weekly pot luck for the 3 famlies. 

Good luck

Posted by Virginia (Ginger) Schott, Assoc. Broker, CBR, CHMS (Cabins & Canoes) over 8 years ago

Deb, gotta love ya for showing all of your colors! Joy comes from being on top, but they say to enjoy IS all about the road to getting there, with lessons along the way that make you bask in that glory and not take it for granted!

Gosh, all of the great philosophers had times where they questioned EVERYTHIING.  That's how they stretched themselves and grew and didn't become complacent.

We don't want to be the frogs in the slow  low-boiling pot..all comfy until it's too late and we're COOKED.


Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 8 years ago

I hope someday my husband gets to work with me - to have the real independence like I do. But we're building a larger than LIFE war chest for that day. It's the only way, at least financially for us to combat murphy and to keep him at bay.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

I love your random ramblings, and have to admit that many of those same thought have traveled through my mind, too!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 8 years ago

That's something I tell myself all the time since I'm a goal oriented person: "Enjoy the journey, Gretchen. Enjoy the journey". For me that's easier said than done sometimes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Deb,
Thanks for sharing.
This is a nice uplifting blog. Yes, we all need to flow with things and don't get bogged down in the moment.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Digital Digital, full service over 8 years ago

Hella, you're my kind of girl! I love the positive thinking and enjoying the blessings that are in front of us each day! I am learning more appreciation each and every day. Thank you.

Gary, I have had a wonderful and unusual journey myself. I would rather wake up each day with a challenge than to have nothing to look forward to.

Joan, yes. It's a matter of keeping my options open to surprises! Oh, and miracles. They are all around us every day if we keep our eyes open.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

I keep wondering what I'm going to do when I 'grow up.'  Real estate has been my life for so long, and there is not much else I want to do, and my husband works with me.  Ever changing landscape.  Good post.  Thank you. 

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 8 years ago

Life is what you make of it. 

If a few realtors can't make it out the other side of the times, then that is just more for the stronger, serious ones that hang in there.

This is the weeding out times for this market. 

Literally, these words never meant more:  ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE!

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 8 years ago

Deb, I feel what you husband is a builder and I a realtor and we are also landlords, all three fields have been struggling for several years....I have a design past, now I incorporate into my Real Estate ( Have you seen it, My "Whale Tales"?). Now lets see where that can lead me...

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Deb,


Great post and very inspiring.  I got into real estate in 2005 so this has become normal for me.  I enjoy it to the core and I wouldn't change a thing.  One thing about an economic downturn is more people reach out to you and it is nice to try and bring them along in the jounrney.


Posted by Laurie C. Bailey-Gates, ABR, SFR (Robert Paul Properties) over 8 years ago

Having the right perspective and outlook can really help when business is slowing down, knowing that the journey is a marathon not a sprint is the key. 

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 8 years ago
Deb, very fun graphics in this journey not a destination concept post. Ugh, I have a paperwork journey soon.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 8 years ago

Deb, I think right now we have to go with the flow because the current political climate is beyond our control. Hopefully, our journey will be less bumpy.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

Great post.  Sometimes we are a bit fuzzy on the destination.  Haven't hit all my goals this year, yet, but had to stop and do some soul searching last month.  Finally realized I was focusing on the wrong stuff.  When I went back to focusing on the PEOPLE who needed my help, no matter how small their deal was, I found that the joy came back.  And, interestingly enough, the money came back with it.  This is a great time to learn and grow.  And much less stressful that 2006 when you couldn't find time to go to the bathroom w/o someone demanding something.

Posted by Jeanne Gregory, RE/MAX Southwest, Sugar Land, TX over 8 years ago

Awesome (a word I don't use lightly) post Deb - honest, real and straight from the heart. I think we've all been affected by the economy in one way or another and we do need to reprioritize, but with an attitude like you. Challenges are what make us stronger and think outside the box and tap into skill-sets we didn't even know we had. And, you are so right about money not making people happy - in fact look at all the rich Hollywood stars it sends straight into rehab or worse.

I knew before I even scrolled down I'd see that star because we can all learn a lesson from your insight and positive attitude!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Deb-Thank you for sharing inside your beautiful heart. I know you are a winner, a champion and a thriver so put your future in God's hands and hang on for the ride of your life. We are here right along with you. Our parents survived the Depression and learned life long lessons and we will too.  Life is full of exciting and challenging times. We can't have one without the other. Have a blessed and beautiful weekend. CONGRATS on the feature. YOU ROCK!!!!



Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 8 years ago

I wonder how many portions that have been set-aside for every one of us go un-claimed because we do not seek them out correctly. We are motion machines with built-in capabilities that if properly navigated and obeyed help to bring us to our personal successes. The very moment we start living our lives correctly, successes start making their way toward us wanting to be found. Once together, we have this short period of time to do great things with it all....Ahhh the journey. Good one and thank you for sharing Deb

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

"Maybe, it is meant for all of us to awaken to the goodness of the good. You know, the smaller things in life that end up mattering at the end of the day." This was my favorite line from your post. It reminds me of something my pastor says constantly. "If it doesn't matter for eternity, then it just doesn't matter." Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Scotti Jowers, Realtor - West Monroe, Louisiana Homes for Sale (CENTURY 21 Shackelford French, Search West Monroe Homes ) over 8 years ago

WOW, boy did I ever need that today! My husband andI work together as well. We continue to hope for the return of the economy, which seems grim at this point. In our market, which is primarily second homes to retirement, the "deals" are in the million dollar+ range or "low end" properties that have been on the market in the "good times" for a very loooong time. Buyers are virtually sitting back and waiting for the "bottom" (whatever that is). The challenge is that there is no sense of urgency. It's tough to create a sense of urgency in this type of market. Low interest rates don't seem to motivate, which is absurd! Encouraging them to just "make an offer" doesn't work. 

Soooo, here is what we are doing in the interim. Updaing our website, blogging to get more web presence, contacting our past client base and taking some time to enjoy life and "just be" in the moment.  We live on a beautiful lake. Wildlife is all around us. ust taking in the blessings of our environment is rejuvenating!

Great post! Thanks a bunch!

Posted by Pat and Ed Okenica, Lake Oconee Ga Real Estate (RE/MAX Agents Realty Lake Oconee Ga) over 8 years ago

hmmmm. Not to judge, since I've been floundering for some time now, but the proverb quote of "he who fails to plan, plans to fail" seems to come to the forefront of my thoughts. 

I am also thinking about the tapes someone gave me from the Sweat Hog class I listened to almost 15 years ago that said "he with the most listings wins". Yet, I just can't seem to motivate myself to tap dance and BS a client to get the listing now a day. And, there really is no satisfaction of being right when the other agent takes the over priced listing that does not sell. 

Good Luck to you. But, we will need to find a new rudder or our ships will be blown up against the rocks and no good has ever come of that.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) over 8 years ago
Deb, wow, the bubble only started to crack for you a year ago? You seem to have held it together longer than most. In the Chicagoland area we noticed a downturn about two and a half years ago now. I agree with your comment about leads, quantity is still there but not quality. Owners in our area seem to be coming around to what their home is really worth, but it hurts. All we can do in a time like this is regroup and think of other ways to bring in business. Best of luck.
Posted by Kris Kombrink (RE/MAX Great American North) over 8 years ago

Here is some advice who has been in this for four years - keep fighting the good fight.  Opportunity will come your way!  Open your business to other possibilities - BPOs, Rentals, Property Management, REO listings, etc.

It's tiring when I think this is year four (almost exactly to the date!)  I remember August 2007 that I reorganized my business plan in order to stay in business.

Is this scary?  YES!  I have been so insane busy holding on to my shorts for four years and reorganizing my business plan over and over and over in order to stay alive (and kind of having fun and used to the challenge) that I haven't noticed the time has slipped this quick.

OH and a little down time to write a blog post (or two thousand) will help you during your busier times!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 8 years ago

Hi Deb, Your title caught my attention and I couldn't agree more.  I always remind myself that its not about the destination, its about "the ride."  We do the best we can to enjoy the ride, I also remind myself to enjoy the moment and I find I need to keep reminding myself that over and over.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 8 years ago


Life is truly about embracing the journey.  Every day I learn more and more about myself through others, and subsequently I continue to grow as an individual.

You make valid points about the market and real estate as a career.  The way I see it, there are a lot of real estate license holders out there, some part-timers and retirees that are Realtors simply to make a supplemental income, and there are top producers, people who earn enough net income to support themselves (regardless of spousal income or savings, etc).  I am in the "other" class.  I need to become a top producer, to support my girls and myself, but have no spousal income to assist me.  Failure is not an option and working twelve hours a day, seven days a week is a necessity. 

Times are lean for Realtors and less and less of us are actually producing a sufficient income (I look at that as $50,000 net).  Nonetheless, it will probably thin out the herd or push people into second job situations.  I view it as a long term proposition.  You just have to want tit bad enough and do whatever it takes to hit your goals.  Like I said, failure is not an option.

Posted by John Davison, Raleigh-Cary-Triangle NC (Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

There is an old country music song by Charlie Rich title "Just Rolling with the Flow"  That is what we all are doing just rolling with the flow!

Posted by Michael Ford, Matching Families with Homes (Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes) over 8 years ago

Mimi, thanks girlfriend!

Kevin, that's the truth and I am remaining strong!

Ellen, yes I have read your stories...very cool too. You know what I'm talking about!

Laurie, nothing remains the same...I will keep trying as well we all should! Just stop and smell the flowers along the way!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

When times were "good", I didn't have time to live my life! And what good is all that money we made if we didn't have time to enjoy it?  While my bank account is less rich (or should I say less than rich), my family life is beautifully rich! This market has caused me to put things in perspective, and I know I will handle things differently when it cycles back!

Posted by Jayne Esposito, SRES, GREEN (Coldwell Banker ) over 8 years ago
I am just hoping that life leads me to my desired destination
Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 8 years ago

I just took a road trip down and back up the State of California (between Marin County and San Diego) and while I stopped to see friends several places along the way, the journey itself was magnificent.  California is an amazing place. 

Posted by Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire (Fathom Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Eileen, yep. Always remain positive!

Cheryl, Paperwork? Oh well, that means you are busy! Yea!

Michael, some things we just don't have control over...go with the flow.

Jeanne, I plan to enjoy the ride wherever it takes me!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

I so relate to what you are going through Deb and can't imagine that there are many people in our industry that don't.  I feel as if I've completely reinvented myself and my marketing over the last year as the market continues to change.  I believe there are tough days still ahead for us but those of us that are left standing will have a multitude of rewards waiting for us.  It's do or die time so hang in there.  You will come out better on the other side!!

Posted by Rebekah Radice, Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training (Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency) over 8 years ago

Deb, I think many of us are going through the same thing. I find that if I stay positive, go to work and do the best I can, the rest seems to fall into place. A little less of it but enough to survive.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 8 years ago

Excellent!!!!!! Don't know about you Deb but as for me at times 'it's been a long strange trip I've been on' in my life but I love it.

After the birth of my two Grandsons 17 months ago,10 days apart, I remember what is really important in life and thank God for every day I'm alive.

I too will continue to help folks reach their dreams.

Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Deb- love this post!  And life has always been about the journey.  We all know where that destination is... but how we get there.. what roads we take... that's what it's all about.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Well spoken.

Posted by Carol Barron Cross, Sunflower Homes & Equestrian LLC (SUNFLOWER HOMES & EQUESTRIAN LLC) over 8 years ago

Where is the slow down? I am busier now that i have been in the last nine years.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 8 years ago

Deb - Some days it's harder to go with the flow than others.  Still, I like the idea of life being a journey.  We just need to remember to learn from it and do our best with it.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

Deb - It's been a rocky three years for most of us.  I'm busier than ever, but making less money.  I've been doing a lot of rentals.  That will keep you busy as a bee and brings in a steady cash flow, too.  I get good listings and some are really priced to sell fast, but getting offers is not so easy and getting the lender appraisals to support the sale prices is sometimes even harder.  Many folks can't sell and move up because their homes are underwater and a short sale will hurt their credit and create a two year wait for most mortgages.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Inspiring post, Deb. I love the passion.

I remeber the beginning of my real estate career where the only goal I had was to help someone realize their American Dream! I still call myself a 'Dream Merchant'!

Life is a journey....not a!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 8 years ago

I know this has taught me not to live high on the hog and to save for a rainy day....or alot of them! Hopefully we all make it out with our sanity and careers attached!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Deb - Loved this post and I'm glad it got the attention it has.  I like what Renee had to write about opening up other avenues of being able to do business and generate income.  If it's in you, it's in you.  I'm a sucker for passion.  Seems like you have got it.

Your attitude towards it all is impressive and admirable. 

For me, I can't say I wish things had gone differently.  I'm in a pretty good place right now.  I am where I need to be.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 8 years ago

Deb-Go with the flow, but sometimes when you are getting swept up in a riptide, you have get out of the flow to find a better wave to ride.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 8 years ago

Great post and it generated a great comment stream. Thanks for posting

Posted by George Bennett, Inactive Principal Broker, GRI (Inactive) over 8 years ago

Great Post, Thank You for your honesty, I'm certain there are thousands of Realtors out there who feel the same but yet will not verbalize it. Times like these will allow us to get stronger in faith as well as in our work. I've been working on rentals, BPO's to supplement my income, there's no doubt that I work twice as hard now and make less money but I will not give up. I love being a Realtor no matter how tough it gets out there, I will not give up.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 8 years ago

This is indeed a great post and you are so right, go with the flow. I have found that anything you REALLY want in life WILL happen. It has always been the case in my life. If I REALLY wanted to live in a certain section of the country, I ended up doing just that - same with jobs, vacations and the list goes on. If you want it bad enough, it WILL become your reality.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

Deb.  Many agents need to get out of the business.  They need stable income. The distress of not knowing when the next check is comming is too much for most to bear.  It makes for a terrible journey. Even in the good times its challenging to balance ones books.  So unless you have a spouse or partner with a stable income which can subsidize your doing real estate full time, do yourself a favor and start looking.  You can always do this part time.  But the journey had turned into a nightmare for many.  Pull the plug.  Its over for now.  If the market and economy ever come back, so can you.  But right now you need to protect and plan for current and future needs. I am not saying this to you personally Deb, its my advice to anyone.  The biggest hurdles are ones pride, the flexible schedule we enjoy and the occasional big check.  Its a real struggle for many.  But the longer one waits, the deeper in the hole many get. 

Posted by John Fennessey, York Maine Properties (Beangroup Real Estate) over 8 years ago

John above,

I wouldn't blame anyone that wants to step out of the business at this point either. We are still selling and closing homes but it's so turbulent one never knows. One out of five of ours closed with the other four blowing out recently.

That's five times the work to get one closed any way you look at it.

I have no plans to quit or to give up. My post was written based on my feelings and thoughts at that moment. If you saw this as a plea of pity I am afraid you are wrong.

I love selling Real Estate. I am going to ride this wave of insecurity as far as the winds will let me. Again, if others have to drop then yes, it's understandable. I just wanted you to know that I'm here for the long haul. Thank you for the comment although I do believe life and it's journey should not be a nightmare for anyone. I think at that point it would be time to turn the lemons into lemonade!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 8 years ago

Destination is the day of birth into life. Then comes the journey.

Posted by Daniel Rogers, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Final Analysis Home Inspections) over 8 years ago

Deb.  To your response, I did not at all see your post as a request for pity.  Your post  was a positive message. It was very nice.  My point in commenting is that turning lemons into lemonade may for some be the realization that a new career is in their best overall interests.  And doing so before bankruptcy may make lifes journey easier to enjoy and reflect upon.  Folks have families to support and its stressful with no income.  Having that positive attitude is great but will not change the market.

Posted by John Fennessey, York Maine Properties (Beangroup Real Estate) over 8 years ago
How true, how true. It does make one appreciate the world in new ways. Brings us back to why we really do real estate, we are a service to others. May your journey be filled with paths lined with beautiful flowers!
Posted by Gail Nyman, Every House Has A Story (Re/Max United Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Deb, 

I couldn't agree more with your last line "Go with the flow...".

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 2 years ago