Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Why Am I so Lucky?

Why Am I so Lucky?

Luck or Hard Work?A few months back a friend of the family who I was considering hiring as my assistant, made reference to the amount of time I spend on community boards and volunteering with different groups.  He told me he thought it was not a wise idea for someone as busy as I am to give that much time to my community.  Why do you do it he asked?  The answer was because I live in the community.

The second thing he said made me chuckle, "you are so lucky that you keep finding customers".  I have heard the second comment from other agents in the past, not just in reference to me but towards any agent who is busy.

Luck has nothing to do with it.  Hard work does. 

  • If you are working open houses and doing floor duty regularly you will meet potential clients and pick up a percentage of them.
  • If you advertise regularly and effectively you will pick up more clients.
  • If you do a great job for you clients they will give you referrals and you will pick up more clients.
  • If you are involved in community groups and where your real estate shirts have signs on your vehicles and are well known in the community you will pick up clients and referrals.

If you do all of those things, the inexperienced, the lazy and the slow agents will all call you lucky.  You may be in some way lucky.  You may be lucky that they are envious and not doing the things on the list to pick up those clients.

Aloha and have a good day.

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Comment balloon 45 commentsRandy Prothero • August 30 2007 08:49PM

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Hi, Randy.  I was never insulted by the "lucky" thing (but my favorite cereal is Lucky Charms).  I recall an associate of mine suggesting that "people just come out of nowhere for her."  Nowhere?  Nah, but I was "lucky" to discover the right place and the right time- AND MAKE SURE THAT I WAS THERE.

Posted by Laurie Mindnich almost 11 years ago
Randy- Isn't it amazing how lucky you are after you work your rear end off... LOL
Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) almost 11 years ago

The harder we work, the luckier we get. It really is that simple!

This woman was almost certainly ...

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Posted by Sunny Isles Beach | Waterway Realty | 305.935.3533 (Waterway Realty, Ltd. Co.) almost 11 years ago

Randy,

You are sooo lucky to have such a great personality and that hard work pays off! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Right on!  Hard work is the name of the game!
Posted by Beth Young (PropertyInfo Corp. - SureClose) almost 11 years ago
It it is always hard work that pays off!  Everyone once and a while something will fall into your lap -- but those are the rare exceptions.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago
Hey, everyone. I don't work hard -except in the bookkeeping function-- because I really don't like that. Most other functions in REal Estate turn me on, so its not work. However, I can make a very long and packed day out of "Not" working:-) . I don't think I do enoughI just baked 75 cupcakes for a church function and I am wore out. I admire those of you who can work in more, and more, and more.
Posted by M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk), Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS (NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time) almost 11 years ago

RandyL - lots of hard work

             U - unsurpassed customer service

             C- commitment

             K - keen market insight

             Y - yes, I can do this

I guess there's more to being lucky than work!  Randy, I think it's your clients who are lucky!   

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 11 years ago

Laurie - You are so lucky :)

Kaye - There are many starving agents who can not understand that.

Mott - Every time it is tried

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Suzanne - Thank you

Beth - Absolutely

Joan - Even the ones that fall in your lap, many are because you were out there working.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Suzi - I tend to work until I drop some days.  I am trying to learn to work smarter.  One day maybe.

Linda- Thank you for those kind words.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Well, it's good that some people consider it luck...that way they won't ask you for your "secrets".
Posted by Kristin Small, REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) almost 11 years ago
Randy - You're welcome!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 11 years ago

Randy,

This is like some people who say that a person is a good test taker when that person does well in a test, always.  LOL

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) almost 11 years ago
Randy,

work it says that everything right ? that's the reason that I am working so hard these days to live well ! :)  great blog and great advises for our fellows ! :)

Ray Saenz
Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 11 years ago

I'm old (didn't you tell me that this afternoon?) so I get to not work as hard (besides, you have a family to take care of) but work steady. I have had "luck" ....hmmm....all mine were referrals this year. I think it was my work and performance that got me those. I just got another one from current client in Iraq who is in contract and referred her pilot buddy. They both will be here the first week of October. Work. Work. Work.

No such thing as luck. You taught me that.

 

Okay...so we get to have another party I can post ....woohoo..  muuuuuahhhh haaahaaaa.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

David and Kristin - Even if they ask, they will not follow your advice.

Linda - :)

Yolanda - I am a good test taker.  LOL

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Ray - Thank you, the good ones always get it.

Sally - For sure you earned those.  No luck there!

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lucky?  Yes.  I think you are getting by on your looks.

LOL

Think I'll take a nap now and check voicemails later...  See if I'm lucky.

Seriously...Isn't it amazing how the lucky seem to typically outwork the unlucky?

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) almost 11 years ago
Good for you to be so involved in your community and that you are doing it for the right reasons...because you care!  I spend a good part of my time working in the community and on non-profit boards and would do more if I had the time.  No, there is very little luck involved in being a successful Realtor and making a difference in your community. It's called passion! Congratulations!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago
Randy - Amazing how being a good community member will bring business! Excellent post, sir.
Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Ah...it is so nice to be lucky!!! I'm glad your hard work is paying off!
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

Randy,

As we know when people give unselfishly, we build relationships.....and relationships build trust.  Trust will bring business and referrals.  Luck is just the easy word for you did the right things, at the right time, and worked hard.  I LOVE your answer about volunteering "because I live in the community."

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) almost 11 years ago
Randy, you and I are good test takers--soon I will be lucky, too.  :)
Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) almost 11 years ago

Someone wise once said :" Luck is the Intersection where Opportunity Meets Preparedness - Great post Randy!

Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Randy, The only thing you are lucky about is the fact that Sally didn't give you a black eye when you called her old! :) That is LUCK!
Posted by Lysa Napolitano almost 11 years ago
I had an agent tell me that I was lucky to have buyers - my response was - luck has nothing to do with it - hard work keeps my buyers loyal and brings me more buyers - Randy I am fairly sure you work hard to be as successful as you are.
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago
I just love Lysa's comment......and you're lucky she didn't blacken the other eye for telling her that walking wouldn't hurt her any (when she was talking about Shadow losing weight)....That is a no-no :) :)
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) almost 11 years ago
AMEN Randy!  Especially in this market we always have to be out there in the community.
Posted by Pete C, Hawaii Mortgage Loan and Refinance (TBA) almost 11 years ago

Mike - I noticed that to.  The lucky ones do seem to out work the unlucky ones.

Diane - Thank you for those kind words.

Gary - We are in a people and community based business.  Being part of the community is a key component we should never overlook.  We should always give back.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Monika - Thank you, hard work usually pays off.

Kathy - Thank you.  If people don't volunteer than it is not a community, it is just a bunch of houses.

Yolanda - I find that studying makes everyone a good test taker.  :)

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jeff and Grace - That sounds like someone who was wise.

Lysa - LOL

Thesa - I am not sure how successful I am.  I love what I do and keep busy.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Kathy - Did I say that?  I think I was misquoted.  LOL

Pete - In any market, but for sure in a tougher market.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Randy, you are lucky that you decided not to put all your eggs in one basket.  Oops I don't think luck has anything to do with that, you made the decision to work hard and expand your horizons.  I have also always tried to have my business come from a lot of different avenues.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Marchel - The market will always be changing.  You need to have the ability to get business from different directions, if you plan to be in the business long.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Yeah...Randy...you better watch it...got my gal pals watching my back here...lol!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago
Sally - No fair teaming up
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

You are lucky -but like you said, you have to service your clients well also -which you must do because you are so lucky:-)

I have a question for you as you have just become an epro.  I can never post pictures in my blog without affecting my text and somehow moving it down as opposed to the pictures being placed next to or around the text.  I noticed in this post your picture is next to your text.  Is there a special trick I need to do in order to fix that in my blogs?  Any advice is truly appreciated!!

 

Posted by Jeannette Morrison, Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Round Rock (Cedar Park,Leander,Georgetown & Lake Travis Areas.) almost 11 years ago
That's too logical to be luck!!
Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 11 years ago

Jeannette - You can move teh curser around to the level you want the picture and then in the dialog box that pops up when you insert the picture you can size and make placement decisions if you hit the appearance tab.  Good Luck and good blogging!

Karen - There are those who will continue to believe it is luck. They will be finding another line of work.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
It was probably said earlier, but luck is where opportunity and preparation meet.  To be lucky, one must first be prepared. 
Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Its always amazing how success is equated to luck.  Sure you spend endless hours on the internt "wasting" time.  Sure you volunteer alot of time which is "wasting" time when you could be out meeting future clients, instead of doing good, and talking to possible future clients who trust you. 

I'm called lucky alot as well, and I guess I am.  Trying to explain that luck is actually the result of hard work, and dedication falls on deaf ears. 

Hopefully my doubters continue to stay in their office and talk about my "Luck" !  In the meantime I will continue to snag up the clients they should have been talking to. 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) almost 11 years ago

Lane - Being prepared keeps the boy scouts lucky also.

Chad - You are lucky, that they are not out talking to those clients.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

When I was a Boy Scout, I was usually prepared to get lucky...

;^ ) 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Lane: That is their motto, less the lucky part.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

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