As I get to the end of 2007 I felt I needed to reflect on this past year and get ready to hit the ground hard for 2008.
For 2007 it was a year with some highs and some lows. I will be finishing the year below the aggressive goals I set for sales and personal.
The year started a little on the slow side. I spent much of December in and out of the hospital at the end of 2006 and most of January and part of February recovering from a surgery and then some complications. As you know what you work on today comes in later in real estate. Even with the set back, I think I had a decent year compared to what I am hearing from others. I have no complaints.
I made some changes to the processes I use for my business with mixed results. After scrapping Top Producer® I brought in Relay® for my transaction management. I have now temporarily gone back to using Excel spread sheets, which seem to be faster and easier. It just keeps me from easily sharing documents with others. In 2008 I am planning to try another product. I am determined to build the systems so as to be able to build a quality team with proper support.
On the team front, Donna Shefcheck got her license and has begun to work with me. We are going through a little trial and error to get our systems in place. We closed our first transaction together and she has a lot of energy. I am working with a couple of other new agents on a transactional basis. It is too early to tell if they will be team members in the future.
This year I helped several folks in their first homes and received referrals from friends and past clients. I also received some referrals through Active Rain and a some new clients found me through my blog posts and Active Rain.
On a personal level I finished the diet I was one since mid 2006. I lost about 185lbs. and have maintained my weight since August or September, which I am quite proud of. My oldest son's high school varsity football team won their division and I was able to attend all but one scrimmage game. My youngest son played soccer in two leagues, one which I coached and I attended almost every game. Both were significant improvements from years past and a goal I have made for the future. It is so easy to get lost in your work and neglect your family. My wife and I have seen more of each other than years past, but we still need to work on that a lot more.
We all need to remember why we work so hard. It is for our family.
During this year I have continued to be involved heavily in the community and with the Board of REALTORS®. I love doing community activities and they are also good for business.
So looking back on 2007 I have to ask the question: Are we having fun yet? For me the answer was yes.
Good luck in your 2008 planning. May you and your family have a Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) and a Haoule Makiki Hou (Happy New Years in Hawaiian)
Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®
Principal Broker, ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR
Island Style Realty Inc.
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.
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.