The wonderful thing about blogging is the connection you develop with people. I love my Realtor friends because of the tenacity they have for overcoming difficult obstacles and sticking it out in a market which is both volatile yet strangely consistent. People will always need a roof over their heads. It doesn't matter whether the market is good or bad, people will always seek shelter.
Blogging lets a potential customer or client find out tid bits about you that may later influence their decision to initiate contact. It's not always about business transactions, by the way... Sometimes, people contact a blogger because they just want to talk...
Real estate is a revolving door of stories. It is a collection of brief interludes where you meet a client or customer who begins to engage Realtors in a conversation about what they want and what they need. You may find out some very interesting facts about people as a Realtor. Once in a while you may even get to make a very good friend. However, the fact of the matter is most contact is transient. Realtors are constantly passing through other people lives. If you are observant, you may learn a lot and become enriched by the gifts these families unwittingly bring to you. The highest compliment a Realtor may receive is when someone thinks enough of them to give them a referral. Better yet, the greatest gift is when a child is positively influenced by your work that they are inspired to pick a profession.
Today, my gift was from a little boy who just turned 13 who reads my blog because he loves baseball. He discovered me because I like to turtle run and did a few posts on Shea Stadium and Citi Field... He likes my pictures. I love when teenagers talk to me about their interest in photography. He wants to be a photo-journalist and e-mailed me with a request to see how Shea Stadium is coming along. It appears my young friend has been keeping up with me just waiting for my next Citi Field post.
How can I resist such a lovely little boy? Today was an excellent day to engage in a turtle run. It's sunny, clear and 46 degrees in Queens County, New York. Being a Mets fan, I also wanted to see how construction was coming along on one of my favorite spots to hang out and jog. The workers are beginning to dismantle Shea Stadium and I guess I will always feel a little sad about that. It was surreal to see some of the lettering removed... Those giant figures of sports stars that I love are now gone from street view. Every time I visit the area I feel as if a little bit of history is escaping the world while new history is being created for a new generation of fans. Citi Field will truly be a spanking place to hang out and enjoy some family time. However, I will miss Shea Stadium.
I've been a bit melancholy all morning, yet as I watched the leaves fall from the trees I found myself enjoying the view because Autumn is truly a magnificent time of the year. Flushing Meadows Park is bursting with color. I managed to get a lot of interesting shots today. It was hard to choose so I let Stephen take over. While my 2.7 year old poked around arbitrarily clicking the mouse I did a little recreational reading on my friend's blogs. If you haven't read Elizabeth Weintraub's bog, I suggest you take a peek. My girlfriend Elizabeth has some very interesting views to share with you today. I was tickled pink by "Anybody Can Be An Expert On Anything." In addition, Josef Katz shares, "9 Reasons Why I Spend Time In ActiveRain." while Nicole Nicolay reveals some very interesting views in "The Real Estate Tweet Plan That Wont Cramp Your Style."
Here's a little construction eye candy selected by the Minion Blur. Enjoy!
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