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Story Time for Land and Horse Farm Lovers

Grandma was a teacher. As a young woman she and Grandpa invested in property (land) on a tropical island where they began their life as husband and wife.  Grandma's place of employment was a one-room schoolhouse in the middle of the island.

 Each morning Grandma took off for school via mule. Well, she tried to, anyway. Only problem was the beast totally refused to let her ride through the palmettos to her destination. So Grandma followed along on foot, ...at least she would end up where she wanted to be and not get lost..(a good-thing I learned from her and that my real estate clients sure appreciate.) 

 Grandma used to laugh out loud when she told me how "Old Clyde" that ornery mule repeatedly looked back over his shoulder the entire half-mile down the sandy path to the schoolhouse, as if to bate her. It never failed, too  an odd assortment of kids and islanders joyfully waited for the day's entertainment... the sight of a lady in a long dress, hat askew, arriving slightly miffed, yet obviously ready for that next attempt.  This is the kind of tale that is passed down in a sustainable community.

 

Now I am thinking that this tale sort of parallels a few of my experiences as a land and horse farm specialist of late...

 Yesterday, for example, my 1031 investor client and I piled in the car  and headed out to a remote 500+ AC parcel that he was really excited to see. It was farther out than I remembered. I had forgotten to gas up. I was really holding my breath especially when we took an unplanned ten-mile detour because a road sign playfully been "adjusted" by a local.

It pointed in the opposite direction of where it should have been pointed. The road was tortuous. I mean if there had been road signs out there, they would have looked like a pig's tail.  When we finally got to our destination, despite the obstacles, my investor was car sick beyond belief , but managed to find the horse property of his dreams despite the challenges.

Experiences  like this are totally about good will, determination, and a sense of humor ...

I call them "Old Cydes." There are a hundred "Old Clydes" each of us have, I am sure. I look at them in the same way Grandma did...as a kind of remedy...a way to keep a wholesome perspective in the very challenging business of real estate....  I like to think that we have the option, through our stories, to discover more of what we and our clients are made, and what is most important to us and to them.

Our stories are treasures that help us to do well in our transactions. And when we tell them to each other, as Grandma did, they take on a new life. They become an avenue to positive outcomes for the benefit of all who hear them now, and a hundred years from now.

SO I would love to read yours!

 

 

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Comments

janeAnne, Sounds like you had quite the day yesterday. I love stories like this. I'm going to have to rack my brain to see if I can come up with one for you.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago

Your Grandma sure sounds like a real gem!

I wote a song called Grandma was my Hero, kind of based on a grandma like this... not mine, They both died when I was a little tike.

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 12 years ago
 Great story Jane Anne, a very nice diversion just when I needed one. Thx...
Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 12 years ago
Stories are part of the glue that holds families together. All the generations love to retell the stories, whether age 90 or 9. And retelling stories of past generations helps to keep them alive in our current family - along with creating gales of laughter, which is healthy for everyone.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 12 years ago
i'll have to think on a story-most of the ones my grandfather told aren't fit for print. )  but i use my Grandma's saying often, especially when talking to transplant clients: "Bloom where you're planted!"
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) over 12 years ago
Bryant....indeed...Our stories are treasures that help us to do well in our transactions. That's one of the reasons I always try to read what you have written...stories and something to learn, combined.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Ginger...I wonder if you would share the lyrics to Grandma was my Hero
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Marti...Hi..glad it helped...I have plenty of them...large family, ya' know :-)
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Sharon...you wrote..in your typical wise way..."Stories are part of the glue that holds families together.." and I agree wholeheartedly. Even my students (when I taught school many years ago) LOVED to hear stories about how they were in the beginning of the year...seems storytelling is a gift we can give to one another...
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Leigh...I am reading through posts I wrote a month ago...finding treasures including this one  from your Grandma..."Bloom where you're planted!"
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago

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