The Seasons of Real Estate

September 12, 2006

The Seasons of Real Estate – How do you know?

A man and his son bought a new horse.  It was one of the prettiest horses you will ever see. All the townspeople said, “Oh, that’s good!” A wise old man said, “How do you know that it’s good?”

They worked and put all their resources into making a corral for the horse.  The day they finished the corral, the horse ran away.

All the townspeople said, “Oh, that’s bad!” The wise old man said, “How do you know that it’s bad?”

A week or two later the horse came back and behind it was a herd of wild horses and led them all into the new corral.

All the townspeople said, “Oh, that’s good!” And the wise old man said, “How do you know that it’s good?”

One day while the son was out breaking in the new horses, he fell and broke his leg.All the townspeople said, “Oh, that’s bad!” The wise old man said, “How do you know that it’s bad?”

Well, about that time trouble came to the small nation and all the able-bodied men were called off to war.

To make it relevant, there was a likeable young adult who wanted to go into real estate, known to be a lucrative career for almost everyone.

The friends said, “On that’s good”! The wise old agent in the office said, “How do you know that it’s good?”

The young person started to work and put all resources into the business, held open houses, mailed postcards and flyers, remained optimistic, and purchased a new car.

The friends said, “Oh, that’s good”!  The wise old agent in the office said, “How do you know it’s good?”

The day the car was delivered, the agent’s first escrow cancelled. There was no money for car payments.

All the friends said, “Oh, that’s bad!” The wise old agent in the office said, “How do you know it’s bad?”

In trying to keep everything together, the young agent decided to take on a unique but tedious business practice that few agents wanted to do. The agent stopped spending money on most everything and worked many hours each day in the new endeavor. Sleep was more peaceful and acceptance of the changing environment was easier.

The friends said, “On that’s good”!  The wise old agent in the office said, “How do you know it’s good?”

Even though the agent’s meager business practice was gaining momentum, the sales income had dropped and the agent was spending his time on a project that returned little money.

All the friends said, “Oh, that’s bad!” The wise old agent said, “How do you know that it’s bad?”

So, the time came when the only source of income was the unique business practice.. The agent stayed with the task because it provided a regular check and the agent was becoming quite skilled.

As everyone knows, the market changed and there were very few sales. But, the agent was busy and bringing in income from work that no one else wanted to do.

And finally, everyone agreed that was good.

God blessed the agent’s work and the agent’s family for the faithfulness and willingness to stand steady, for as we know, the seasons of real estate change much like the seasons of our lives and these things shall also pass.

Some things that happen to us seem bad at the time but reveal to be valuable lessons and ones that serve us well for the rest of our lives.

God can take even the bad experiences and turn them into good if we will let Him.

You see its all about perspective.

 

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. As a result of my work with the homeless population in my community, I received the Good Neighbor Award 2017 from the National Association of Realtors and named as a Champion of Homes in 2015 by the California Association of Realtors. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and a cat named Tony Diane at home.

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