Life After Two Years In Print

Kristin was one of the first seven Area Directors for Real Producers. For most people this would’ve been a pretty daunting endeavor, but the main task of the role was to build relationships with real estate agents and local businesses – and this she knew she could do.

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The Defintion of Success: Tina Caul's Story

Tina Caul’s first day in real estate was September 11th, 2001. She was driving to the office when the towers were hit. “I was so excited to begin my new life at the exact moment when so many had lost theirs. It was a very, very emotional start,” she says.

Tina was 21 years old, studying psychology and social work at Oakland University in Michigan, and had just purchased her first home with her husband when their real estate agent convinced her to get her real estate license. “She was impressed with my knowledge of the area and my ability to find houses before she could,” says Tina. “She even paid for the classes, so I could join her brokerage.”

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The Revenge Game

In sports, when a player is traded, there is a phrase used to label the game in which that player is up against his former team. That phrase is, “The Revenge Game”. The concept is that an ordinary player gets extra inspiration and vigor to play against his former team. He wants to show them that they made a mistake in trading him, almost to say, “I could have put up these stats for you!”

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Suzanne Cowden is Embracing Life and Finding Joy

Novelist E. M. Forster once wrote, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

This simple quote perfectly reflects Allen Tate real estate agent Suzanne Cowden’s personal story. Cowden, a Charlotte native, was first introduced to real estate at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she enrolled in a real estate elective course on a whim. This last-minute decision not only allowed her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business but also a North Carolina real estate license.

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Are You The Greater Fool?

“The greater fool is actually an economic term. It’s a patsy. For the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool— someone who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their life trying not to be the greater fool; we toss him the hot potato, we dive for his seat when the music stops. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where others have failed. This whole country was made by greater fools.

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Grace Sanderson
Service With A Steill

Service with a smile ... uh, er – Steill. Sure, it is a play on words (made you grin just a little, right?), but really it is the only way to capture the heartbeat and worldview of Justin Steill. Even a casual conversation with him reveals his commitment to making things happen for others, and along the way, great things happen – even selling houses.

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Presence Without Sacrifice

A wood carver, a musician, a father of six, and a successful Real Producers Publisher: Mark Menezes can’t remember the last day he woke up dreading work.

A Publisher going on two years, Mark has learned a lot along the way. With a large family, he wanted a career that would allow flexibility without sacrificing success, and Real Producers allowed him to do exactly that.

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Colonel Sanders

One of the most popular tales of perseverance is that of Colonel Sanders. You may have heard it. At the age of 65, Colonel Sanders found himself broke and living on social security checks. He decided to hit the road and sell his recipe for chicken to restaurants. Legend has it that he was turned down 1009 times before he sold anything. The 1010th became KFC.

Yes, you did read that correctly… one thousand and nine “no’s” before a “yes”.

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Play-Doh and Property Management

This article is one of those that is not fun to write or read, for that matter, unless you've been there and done that. Then you'll immediately appreciate it. If you play the landlord / rental / property manager game long enough, it will happen -- a tenant trashes your property. You have a flooded basement. You have a fire. It's easy to panic. It's easy to lose sleep or to not think clearly. It is tough to regain your sense of control in situations like these, but it can be done. With some advanced thinking and planning, you can and will survive. 

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Grace Sanderson
The Value of Time: Kristin Brindley's Story

Within the first two minutes of talking with Kristin Brindley, her gregarious attitude and love for life is infectious. After hearing her story, those attributes seem miraculous.

Kristin is a Real Producers Publisher in the D.C., metro area. Her first publication, D.C. Metro Real Producers, recently launched in April, but her determination and people-skills have driven her business to the level she has achieved today.

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Grace Sanderson
Thank God It's Monday

There’s an epidemic in our country today-- a sadness that affects more than half of our citizens. Four letters that capture how the average person feels in the American workplace: TGIF or “Thank God It’s Friday.” I get it. I just strongly disagree with living that way. Why would I only cherish 2 out of the 7 of the days I’m blessed with each week? A recent study by Forbes stated, “70% of American employees hate their jobs. Don’t believe that sat? I would simply challenge you to ask ten of your friends how they feel about their current job.

As I write this, I know that even with the most carefully managed teams there will always be tough days in the horizon. But as a rule, through persistence, determination and honesty; you can see each day as an opportunity. This is what sets you apart as a Real Producer.

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Grace Sanderson