Seattle Residential: I Do That: Ichiro, Newspapers and Real Estate

Ichiro, Newspapers and Real Estate

Ichiro, Newspapers and Real Estate

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Surviving in tough times, or not.

Posts on Active Rain that consistently draw a multitude of comments are posts about quitting the business. This week it was Brittany's turn. She's been an agent for nine months and gets nauseated when the phone rings, yet she describes herself as a problem solver. Perhaps she is, but it doesn't seem to be the kind of problems that confused home sellers and home buyers have that are in her realm of expertise, at least not yet anyway. Should she decide to give this business a few more years, she may learn to handle those problems. 

/image_store/uploads/7/0/6/8/5/ar128303813358607Now newspapers have a problem. As the age of electronic media grows and grows, traditional methods of news distribution are a thing of the past. I do still subscribe to the Seattle Times and read it daily. Four headlines caught my eye today. "Grim state forecast spurs 6% buget cut" and "More in U.S. living in poverty," were in the front page. Then buried in section B, page 3 is a small article "L.A firm will re-open pulp mill" in Grays Harbor. Grays Harbor is a rural county in western Washington and this is fantastic good news for that area and for the state. I can't help but think that news like this on the front page would stir more business to open or expand. Good news doesn't hurt. 

I don't expect the newspapers to be Pollyannas, but they don't need to be Pandora's boxes either. No wonder people go to the Web for their news. The selection is larger and readers see what they want to see, not what is thrust at them in 72 point type. 

What does Ichiro have to do with all of this? In the sports section the headline read, "Bittersweet record within Ichiro's reach." Well, he is on a team with one of baseball's worst records, but he has stuck with this team for 10 years. Each year he has had more than 200 hits, and when he reaches that mark again this year he will be the first player to have done so. Each day he comes to the ball park and does his stretches. He takes his practice swings. He jogs and he sprints. It's been said that he only keeps a pair of baseball shoes for 4 or 5 games. The shoes must be just so. He puts everything he has into each game, each chance in the field and each at bat. It's no wonder he is so continually successful.

I don't have a solution for newspapers. They seem to be digging their own grave. But if you are in real estate, or want to be, it is time to get back to the basics. Go to work everyday. Do the stretches and the sprints. See homes and know statistics. Be the expert in your office, in you neighborhood and in your city. Do everything that the productive agents around you are doing, and then do a little bit more. I got into real estate in the mid eighties because I had two friends who were doing well. Construction was in a downturn. Everything else was slow. I didn't even know that real estate was slow that year, and I've learned since then it is not what the nation or the state is doing; it's not what the industry or your office is doing; it's all about what you do. Just do it. Shooosh.





Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 8 commentsGlenn Roberts • September 17 2010 02:00PM


Glenn:  This is an Excellent Post!!!  Had to push the button.  I do believe this should be a feature as it truly underscores the need for the positive news to be on the front page, to be "out there" for everyone to see, read, hear.  We have to pull together to lift this country to new heights.  Thank you for such a thought-provoking article.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 10 years ago

Ichiro is an amazing player!  On the other hand, my daily newspaper has less and less in it, smaller physical size, and now importing a page or two from USA Today.  Someday people won't even to be able to line their bird cages :(

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 10 years ago

Off to do the stetches and sprints! Thanks for the inspiration-I read Brittany's post and the comments that followed. Suggested!

Posted by Tammy Woodin, Sudden Valley, Washington about 10 years ago

What an interesting comment on our society today! If it doesn't come easy, quit. If you don't want to go to work, stay home and watch 150 different channels on cable. We have to get back on our feet and work for a living, like we always have. Nobody is going to give me the money I need, I have to earn it...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) about 10 years ago

Tish - Thanks. We can save the country by selling one house at a time. 

Liz and Bill - I never thought of the birdcage disaster. That will be front page...well, news anyway.

Tammy -  Pump iron!

Paul - That is for certain. You've got to turn the earth before you plant the seeds.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Just do it...............sums it all up Glenn.............. many in our society today have such a feeling of entitlement............scares me sometimes.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 10 years ago

Roger - I think we all need to pay more attention to what we can do for ourselves.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

I totally agree Glenn.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 10 years ago