Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! :'s more than what you find in your pocket. Just Thinkin'...'s more than what you find in your pocket. Just Thinkin'...

Thoughts from Deb on Lake ConroeIt is a daily guarantee. Nothing we do, nothing we know, and no one we know will remain the same. Philosophy is one of deep thought, "educational concepts" that haunt each of us even if we never had formal education. Whether you realize it or not, it will haunt you.


What does it mean?
As humans it means we have yet another mountain to climb. We have yet another problem to solve. We have yet another heart to heal and yet another dilemma to dissolve. We can do it. We were placed upon this earth to absorb, then rationalize and to then react. Our inclinations are to revert to primal thinking. This would mean thinking of one's self first and foremost. 

But, as civilized man, we are much more progressive than that. We, as civilized and educated man, instead of primal reactions, act and react with "thought and reasoning". It is not unreasonable. Change is necessary for each and every one of us to survive. Remember the old saying, "if you do the same thing over and over again, you will receive the same results...and that is the definition of "crazy"?"

Deb's Just Thinkin'My advice. Accept change and go with the flow. Accept the change within your personal life and your professional life. This might mean to re-evaluate a "no-no" for you from the past. Possibly see the good in the possibilities and accept the change. In Real Estate we are changing each and every day. We use to put our foot down and say, "no way are you advertising my listing!!!" My question to you is...."were you thinking of yourself or your client? So many things are changing daily that we must adapt or accept our demise. Aren't we here to sell and co-operate in the sales for our clients? Isn't this our Fiduciary responsibility?"

Loosen up. Half (50%) a commission is a whole lot better than (100%) of nothing! Do what you need to do to advertise and share your listings. It's only fair for your clients! Love your clients and sell their properties.

Like I said. "Loosen up."


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Comment balloon 44 commentsDeb Brooks • October 25 2011 09:36PM


I really enjoy reading your blog very much.  THank you

Posted by Amarilys Bocz, Real Estate Broker (305)904-0245 (K.B.A.A Realty - Realtor Miami,Doral,Boyton Beach,Boca Raton) over 7 years ago

One of my favorite songs . . . "life's about changes, nothin' ever stays the same . . . "  I realized that I was an adult when I could accept change and not fall apart.  That life is full of them, good and bad, that sometimes we get to choose the changes that take place, and sometimes they just happen.  Call me sometime :)

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) over 7 years ago

Amarilys, thank you! What a wonderful compliment! Glad to meet you here on AR. I plan to learn more about you. Please stay in touch? That would be such a perk. Thank you again. Deb

Mimi, you know I'm here for you too. Isn't it cool how we can actually bond from afar? We will visit again soon.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

I am always happy to co-op a sale.   :)  But Lord, I admit, I resist change.  I force myself to accept, but it is not in my nautral self. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

Deb, anyone who can't accept change is going to be in a world of hurt from now on. Change is hurling itself at us faster than any one of us can assimilate it, but assimilate it we must or be left in the dust!


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago

Tammy, we are all going through the same feelings as you are! Change is difficult on a regular basis but our business is doing an extreme change right now. Yep, there's a blog.  That's next for me. You are one of the best and you will be fine. We all have to budge a little by little....always good to see your smiling face.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

I have always embraced change.. it often others have put a lot of obstacles in the way... It is ashame... Steve Jobs is a perfect example of embracing change.


Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb, Well done and Congrats on the feature. I know it is all political correct to acknowledge and embrace change but I will tell you that some of the changes we are encountering are Not Good changes and we also need to be smart enough to revert when the change does improve things. Change for change sake is a waste of good energy. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 7 years ago

I so agree Deb, that with change, go with the flow is the best approach. You can't fight everything and stay stuck in the mud.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

I have to admit, I don't much like change, just for changes sake, but in this market what choice do we have? Like you said, partial commission is better than no commission. 

Shouldn't less commission be less work than full commission? Rhetorical question, as I know it's NOT, BTW.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 7 years ago

I accept those changes I have to, but I find my zen in calm sameness. LOL  And I love to see your sassy self too... Congrats on the feature.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

I would much rather have another agent sell our listings. We like to double end our listings but it is not the reason we market. We market to other agents to get them interested in showing our listings to their buyers. 

Humans are creatures of habit and don't like change much. But I do, it is exciting. That is why I love to travel and do fun things with my kids. That is why I am an entepreneur, always creating new programs and considering new avenues of income for our businesses. Katerina 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 7 years ago

Frank and Sharon, yes we will be in a world of hurt! I'm feeling myself fighting to stay above water! Even though we are in a drought! LOL

Joan, you have evolved more than I. I still resist least I have. I am attempting a mind change on this one. I admire your ability!

William, you know I have to agree. Much of the changes are negative and we simply cannot change. We do not have to like them but still we have to go with the flow or turn our backs on the change. At that point we are left behind. That is why I am trying so very hard to accept what is. I cannot change the world although my preference would be to do so! I'm certain I agree with most all your opinions on the world today. sigh...wish I could change it. I can't so I am just learning to accept.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

Deb--Great ***FEATURE****I was not surprised. Adaptability, going with the flow, creates a much happier, less stressful being to "be" and to "be around"!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 7 years ago

Gary, thank you. It doesn't do anyone any good to get stuck in the muck!

Jon, you just spoke a mouthful! Yep, it should be less work! Ha! That's a part of our change don't ya know? More work, less dollars! And, the dollars are worthless too! ;-)

Tammy, let's you and I climb into some zen calm together my friend! Let's let our minds take us back to easier times? Or, we could take a puts reality off for a while! lol.

Kat, I know you are and you do! This is a part of why I admire you so much! You are always there for us to let us know which direction to go and what to do! You are awesome. Keep talking my friend! I'm listening.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

I have so much change in my life that it is really freaking me out lately! I am trying to go with the ebb and flow of it but it seems like the tide is trying to take me out sometimes! I will survive it but with my sanity intact?!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 7 years ago
Deb, my oldest just started college two months ago. Lots of change going on here but it's good change. Even so, some days I really miss her.
Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

I think as realtors we will not survive unless we go with that flow.  Resist new technology and you will not survive.  

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago

Deb, great post. It is amazing how much humanity resists change. It requires energy, but I have found it to be so worthwhile. Thanks for your post.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 7 years ago

Absolutely agree with you. . . nothing gets you closer to a more fulfilled life. . .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 7 years ago

Good advice and should always be kept top-of-mind since the landscape is changing so rapidly these days. It's easy to get frustrated with it, but you'll find yourself left behind if you're wasting energy digging your heels in and staying the on the same course.

Posted by Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro (Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

People resist change -- that doesn't change!  And maybe that's a good thing.  It creates an inertia in our lives, so we're not always spinning around,  like the dog in "Up!" distracted by squirrels!  The downside of course is that we are slow to embrace change even when it's beneficial.  For example, it took me twenty years to switch to a Mac  : )

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 7 years ago

Good stuff, Deb.  Change is the once constant we all face throughout life.  It's something we can either flow with, as you say, or it can run us over.  I think I'd rather flow!!  Have a great day!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 7 years ago

Deb, going with the flow makes sense. However, people resist change every day. Change is good if it means something positive will come out of it.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 7 years ago

You find change in your pockets??

While I agree that change is the only constant, and we need to learn to accept and embrace change... there are times when 50% of a commission is simply not an acceptable answer.  Morals and ethics and dagnabit-ness, require me to say "no thank you".

Clearly, you have to be in a position to be able to say "no thank you"... but I sleep better at night.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 7 years ago
Real estate itself may still be real estate.... But the way we sell it has certainly changed. Every year there are new ways, new things to learn, new things to DO. For some, this can be too much. It has become less time consuming in the car and more time consuming on the web. One thing remains the same... It's not easy! If it were, everyone would do it! Congratulations on the Well deserved feature!! XO
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

Great advice Deb. :-)  It was great seeing you last week at XPlode. Im hoping that you do come out this way again soon so that you, Steve, and I can meet up for lunch or something.  Congrats on the Feature. Many do not accept change. I sometimes even have an issue with it. But I come around eventually.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 7 years ago

Great advice, especially considering that we are all operating in a whirlwind of change in the real estate industry. For some reason, real estate is an industry that seems to especially resist innovation.

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) over 7 years ago

Dancing with Deb...good post and ride on point....The seasons do it all year long setting a fine example of change and how it works and keeps things moving along....thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 7 years ago

We should accept change as a way of life. There would not be much progress if we resisted change. Our listings get a lot more exposure because of Broker reciprocity. Great post. Congratulations on the feature.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 7 years ago

Change is a good thing...great post!

Posted by Sheryll White, Denver Real Estate Guide (Exit Realty Denver Tech Center) over 7 years ago

Adapt and change ~ that's what got civilization to this point and what we must do to keep on keeping on, even in real estate.                 

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb,  I tend to embrace change when it leads to better things.  Some folks fight it tooth and nail.  I love the definition of insanity that you quoted.  It is so true.  Great post and congrats on the feature!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 7 years ago

A lovely feature Deb!  I know I'm a strange bird... but I like change and the variety that it offers.  Life would be so dull if everything was as it was... and as it always will be.  I'm big on change and I say... bring it!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb - I like your attitude - exactly the kind of thinking you're going to need to be a survivor. We live in interesting times, as the Chinese say.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 7 years ago

Change....will do ya good... :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 7 years ago

Some people resist going with the flow, but I find peace when I let go and move in whatever direction I'm meant to be in. Good commonsense advice at the end.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 7 years ago

Gayle! So good to see your smiling face. Yes, I have to become even more adaptable in the future. I'm working on it.

Rosalie, sanity is optional! LOL...

Tammie, that's a tough one. Empty Nesting is no fun at first yet you will find a new you!

Jane, I agree. We have to keep or or get lost in the flurry.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

Cal, it hurts the people that resist in so many ways. It is easier to just go with it!

Fernando, that is so true! Think of it like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs. You still get off the ride safely!

Charlie, you bet. In so many ways too! I'm finding the technology my greatest challenge. Ideas are easy to adapt to with an open mind but which button to push just baffles me!

Dianne, I have not gotten there yet. Do you love your Mac? I'm an old dog and it's tough to learn that much of a trick!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

Heck if I were anti-change I would NO LONGER be in the real estate business!  Our market changes here more than Nebraska weather!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 7 years ago

Deb - Change is our greatest challenge and yet it is also how we grow and find new business.  I think you are right, I would rather have something than nothing.  My kids and I call one day a month opposite day.  We try to do things opposite of what we might do.  We sit in different spots, eat breakfast for dinner, wear something we never wear.  But it is a great way for them to learn that change can mix up our mind so that we can grasp new ideas and get really creative.

Posted by Kym Wright (Prudential California Realty) over 7 years ago

DEb  My problem is just when I get confortable with a change along comes "new and improved"  I was veryhappy with my IBM Selectric - didn't need the internet :)  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 7 years ago

Dear Deb - Yes, change is constant! We have to flex with the wind for sure...  Hugs & love this heart.... ah & "if" we decide to doubt change then mother nature may just show us....  from one coast to the other...beautiful CA to big fat snow flakes today to may be getting back to rainy Florida tomorrow....  It was cool to see the 'change' to big fluffy flakes :)  I am not sure everyone feels that way...  These were smaller than some, but still big for October.  You have to look at the top by the brick to see the flakes... snow in alexandria

(an example of change :)...this is easier than the weather further north though!

Posted by Pam Hills, ASP/IAHSP- Stager Miami, FL, Creative Minds Innovatively At Work (Innovative Artistry) over 7 years ago

Sent it out again also as a re-blog...

Posted by Pam Hills, ASP/IAHSP- Stager Miami, FL, Creative Minds Innovatively At Work (Innovative Artistry) over 7 years ago