Dear Clients, Friends and Fellow Associates~

Real estate is like hockey.  I started thinking about this the other day when I was watching my son play ice hockey in Charleston. My son’s coaches tell the players to “keep their heads up” as they skate with the puck down the ice.  Hockey players keep their heads up or become easy targets by the other team members!  As I thought about this advice, I realized that this was smart advice for hockey or in business.  By keeping our heads up our attitudes are better and we are less likely to get knocked down as we head towards our goal.

You cannot play hockey or real estate sitting on your butt. 

My dad told me this when I first started my career in real estate.  Realtors and Hockey players may get knocked down from time to time if they are in pursuit of achieving their goals.  It is that simple.  If you have not been knocked on your butt it means you are not in the game.  The key is to get off your butt and skate or sell.

Real Estate and Hockey both require contact. 

My mom taught me that real estate is a contact sport.  As in hockey, real estate agents need to be shoulder to shoulder with their client in order to close a sale.   In fact, my mom had a buyer and seller in a stalemate and rather than trying to fight it out, she invited both of them to breakfast together.  She believes in contact and she closed the deal. 

Real Estate agents and Hockey players must stay focused on the goal. 

As you head towards your goal it is very likely you will have outside pressures that can take you further from achieving them.  The key is to stay focused and never give up.  As a realtor or hockey player it is important to know what your goals are and work towards achieving them.

Real Estate agents and Hockey players need coaches. 

A good coach helps agents and hockey players achieve and see things differently.  My coach has pulled me forward in business strategy.   Not only does he make me focus on my daily game, he is alway improving my skills and planning the next game.  Hockey coaches work the same way, the only difference is as an agent I appreciate not having to do suicides after losing my last sale.

So if you are a hockey player(like my son) or a real estate agent(like me) the key to making a goal or making a sale is to keep your head up, listen to your coach, focus on the goal and don’t ever give up.  I look forward to working with you in the future as we head towards our goals together.

From an Island without Ice,

Robbie Bunting & Jane Hyers