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Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate with Leigh Brown

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Sep 22, 2017

Tune-in and listen to an enthusiastic George Wonica share the best and most entertaining stories from his 26 years as a realtor. Being the son of a realtor, George started off in this business at a young age, and has a wide arsenal of interesting stories to tell. George offers his advice for those wanting to buy or sell a house and he urges everyone to get better at what they do, but at the same time, to NEVER forget to have FUN along the way. 

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or in the Podcasts App on your phone. Never miss a beat from Leigh by visiting The Leigh Brown Experience.                                                               

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:32 – Leigh welcomes George
  • 01:23 – From Staten Island, New York, George is a broker associate, certified residential appraiser and mortgage broker
    • 01:33 – George has held a broker license for 25-26 years now
  • 02:13 – Being the son of a realtor and in this business for so long, George has a wide repertoire of stories
  • 02:37 – Story #1: “Sorting out marital issues”
    • 02:43 – Happened 15-16 years ago while doing an appraisal
    • 03:04 – Had to inspect the house with only the wife present
    • 03:25 – When George entered the house to inspect, the woman sent her kid outside to play with her friends
    • 03:43 – Dressed provocatively in a robe, the lady started talking about her marital issues
    • 04:22 – The woman asked George to come up with a really low price so that she could buy out her husband
    • 04:28 – George firmly stated that he was appointed by the court to appraise a fair value
    • 04:37 – Expressing that she was ready to do anything, the lady opened up her robe
    • 05:20 – Based on what happened, George’s father could not wait to go to the property himself!
    • 05:40 – When George’s father finally got the chance to inspect the house, the kid stayed in the house the whole time and nothing out of the ordinary happened
  • 06:27 – Story #2: “Love knows no boundaries”
    • 06:43 – While working on a foreclosed property, George came across a property that had a lockbox on it
    • 06:56 – When he tried to do walk-in, he found out that somebody was actually living in that foreclosed, vacant house
    • 07:21 – Often squatters break into a foreclosed house; however, squatters do not tend to respond, and simply run away when confronted
    • 07:51 – He was surprised to find out that the intruders were not squatters, but a couple of real estate agents
    • 08:06 – He found out that the agents decided to make the house their “love shack”
    • 08:43 – Even today when he runs into these agents, he can’t help but smile
  • 09:58 – “Always have a lot of fun in this business. You never know who you are going to find, whom you are going to meet, or what you are going to walk into!”
  • 11:25 – Getting mentored by his father has contributed to George’s success
    • 12:44 – He’s learned a lot about owning property and purchasing property from his father; he bought his first property before he even started drinking
    • 13:05 – Got an early start since he could build upon what he learnt from his dad
  • 13:30 – In spite of his old age, George’s father does not shy away from using the latest technologies and gadgets
  • 15:43 – “You have to smile and you have to have fun. Don’t take anything too seriously”; outlook has changed after having 3 kids
  • 16:38 – Try to have fun every single day, try to get better at what you do every single day, and try to be a better person every single day
  • 17:03 – Buyers and sellers do not want you to be serious all the time; they want you to give real opinions, have real falls and live life with them
    • 17:36 – George believes in wearing his heart on his sleeve and calling a spade, a spade
  • 18:54 – Contact George through his website; though George works primarily in Staten Island and Brooklyn, he can connect you with realtors anywhere in the New York State
  • 19:34 – Alternatively, you can connect with George via Instagram or Facebook; gswonicasells is George’s Snapchat id
  • 19:44 – Call George on 718-442-2880 (Ext. 105)
  • 21:24 – Takes time off to play with and coach his kids
  • 22:28 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate
  • 22:43 – Visit Crazyshitinrealestate to access shownotes for this episode

3 Key Points

  1. Wear your heart on your sleeve and call a spade a spade; buyers and sellers want your real, honest opinion.
  2. Try to have fun every single day, try to get better at what you do every single day, and try to be a better person every single day.
  3. Find a good mentor who can help you find success early on in your career.

Credits

Sep 19, 2017

In this episode, Leigh’s guest, Tim Morgan whose story is enough to scare off any new realtor away from the profession. Tune in as Tim explains his “hairy” situation. He delves into what he would’ve done differently given this crazy event were to happen again and opens the discussion with Leigh about KEY safety precautions EVERY realtor should take at showings. 

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or in the Podcasts App on your phone. Never miss a beat from Leigh by visiting The Leigh Brown Experience.

Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:38 – Leigh welcomes Tim Morgan
  • 01:08 – Tim has been in real estate for 3 years and he works in the area of Nashwood, New Hampshire; he is 21 years old but looks like he’s 12
  • 02:49 – Tim was looking at houses with a client
    • 02:52 – Every time he showed a house, it always ended with an awkward goodbye
    • 03:23 – The looked at a vacant property, and as they finished the downstairs, they made their way to the top
    • 03:48 – As Tim stepped into the master bath, his client had dropped his plants
    • 03:59 – Tim was stuck in a “hairy situation”
    • 04:08 – As a new agent, it was scary
    • 04:23 – Tim was trapped, there were no exits
    • 04:40 – Tim was standing there not knowing what to say or do
    • 04:53 – Tim said to the client, “Real estate services are the only things I provide”
    • 04:58 – THe client zipped up his pants and parted ways with Tim
    • 05:03 – Tim followed up, and the client ended up buying the condo they had the incident in
    • 05:48 – This has never happened since with any other client
    • 06:03 – Tim sent him the typical gifts he’d send his previous clients to maintain contact, but didn’t receive any further business for him
  • 06:44 – Leigh wants to highlight the need for safety for realtors
    • 07:02 – “You put yourself into a dangerous situation”
    • 07:08 – What would you do differently?
    • 07:15 – Tim says that he’d advise another agent or someone from the office where he was going to be
    • 07:38 – Tell your client to venture the property by themselves first
  • 07:46 – Sometimes new realtors put themselves at unnecessary risk to make that first sale
  • 08:03 – Make sure you have access to your phone
  • 08:12 – Ensure you have an exit strategy
  • 08:53 – Make sure you have an unlocked back door
  • 09:00 – Don’t put yourself in the driveway first, so that you can be blocked in
  • 09:38 – Tim showed the utmost professionalism by focusing on the real estate
  • 10:00 – He followed up on the sale and followed through on his real estate services—Leigh commends Tim
  • 11:22 – Tim meets clients at a Starbucks first; then moves on to the actual listings as a safety measure
  • 11:37 – Tim has an agent-partner that has full access to his schedule for accountability and safety reasons
  • 11:55 – There are great agents out there that aren’t always competing with you and can partner with you in this way
  • 12:30 – Email Tim at tim@morganmoves.com or call him 603-769-1571
  • 13:03 – Leigh is glad that Tim persevered past that unsavoury early real estate experience
  • 13:15 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Realtors should build each other up and watch out for each other—not solely just compete with one another.
  2. As a realtor, do what you need to ensure your safety at viewings.
  3. Whatever situation you run into, it pays to maintain your professionalism.

Credits

Sep 15, 2017

Listeners will instantly establish an instant connection with Stanley Babinski who lost his only son to cancer. In this extremely emotional episode, Stanley talks about how he carry on the legacy of his son. Losing his son made him realize the futility of chasing materialistic pleasures. He urges everyone to treasure every moment with your near and dear ones. Tune-in and learn more about how Stanley is fighting hard to cope the best way he can from his tragic loss.

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or in the Podcasts App on your phone. Never miss a beat from Leigh by visiting The Leigh Brown Experience.

Time Stamped Show Notes 

  • 00:35 – Leigh welcomes Stanley
  • 00:54 – Stanley lives in Washington, Michigan, a suburb twenty miles north of Detroit
  • 01:52 – Goal Number 7: “Enjoy Life”
    • 02:00 – Story is about Stanley’s son who tragically passed away from cancer 7 years back just after his 20th birthday
    • 02:16 – Started a foundation in the memory of his son which provides benefits for football players
    • 02:40 – Criteria for picking beneficiaries is perseverance, responsibility, integrity, dignity and educational excellence
    • 03:00 – Reached out to Boys and Girls Club in Royal Oak, Michigan to see if he could start something in this area; Stanley was able to establish a club in 18 months
    • 03:25 – Stanley’s son had written down Goal #7: “Enjoy life” while bravely putting up a fight against cancer
    • 03:33 – Stanley’s son wanted to beat the disease, be responsible, move out of the house, get a good paying job and lastly, to enjoy life to the fullest
    • 03:46 – Developed strength to start working on his mission 7 years after his son passed away; started fundraising for the local Boys and Girls Club and his foundation 7-7-17
  • 04:23 – Stanley’s son was a football player as well; A 6’2” gentle giant who could destroy you if he wanted to, but he chose to play instead
  • 05:15 – Chose to push forward, remember him and let other people know that we are here only for a short time, and we have to enjoy what’s happening
  • 05:47 – Stanley says that community support has helped him move forward – Stanley is grateful that the community has been receptive to his ideas
  • 06:01 – There is more to life than chasing materialistic pleasures
  • 06:31 – Treasure every moment and understand that it can be taken away tomorrow
  • 07:01 – Serves as unit director of the Stanley Ian Babinski Unit
    • 07:13 – Is available M-F during the school year from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
    • 07:18 – Facilitates programs on academic success, character, leadership, citizenship and healthy lifestyle, recreational activities as well as cooking classes
    • 08:00 – Personally conducts the cooking classes; the small mishaps make the classes all the more heartwarming for Ian
  • 08:41 – Stanley helps other families cope with the loss of their children; you might feel guilty about experiencing pleasure, but you need to remember that your child wants you to be happy
  • 09:09 – To mourn forever would not make them happy in their afterlife
  • 09:36 – Places no importance on the materialistic aspect of business; gets pleasure out of the fact that he is in a business where he can bring joy to people
  • 10:48 – At the Boys and Girls Club, kids learn how to be practical and serve others
  • 10:57 – Business associates are sliding back to their old ways as the economy grows stronger
  • 11:28 – If you can mentor kids to give, they will see the joy that others get out of it and you will get just as much out of life (or more) than from material things
  • 12:34 – Listen to people, let them talk, let them vent, don’t judge and be a gentleman
  • 13:35 – Call Stanley at 586-362-3310
  • 13:45 – If you wish to donate, be a sponsor or purchase an “Enjoy Life” T-shirt please log on to The Boys and Girls Clubs Alternatively you can also contact Ian via Facebook
  • 14:28 – Let us show Stanley our love by having #EnjoyLife trending on Twitter
  • 15:16 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points

  1. Treasure every moment and remember that it can be taken away.
  2. While moving on with life is hard for parents who lose a child, it is important to remember that mourning forever would not make our children happy in their afterlives.
  3. Listen to people, let them talk, let them vent, don’t judge and be polite.

Credits

Sep 8, 2017

Listeners get a heartfelt invitation into the love story of Sid and Rhonda Pugh. This lovely, real estate couple share how they found each other in a GRI course and discuss why persistence is KEY when it comes to pursuing that “YES” that can change the entire course of your life. Tune-in to find out why anything is possible in real estate.  

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or in the Podcasts App on your phone. Never miss a beat from Leigh by visiting The Leigh Brown Experience  

Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:39 – Today’s episode is not just about real estate, but relationships 
  • 00:45 – Leigh welcomes Sid and Rhonda 
  • 01:08 – Sid and Rhonda are in Huntsville and they work in North Alabama and lower Tennessee areas 
  • 01:37 – Sid started real estate in Colorado Springs back in 1979, before he moved to Huntsville 
  • 02:07 – Rhonda got her real estate license in 1975 
  • 02:51 – Sid moved to Alabama in 1981 because the real estate market in Colorado Springs was going downhill  
  • 03:09 – Sid was recently divorced then and he went to a week-long GRI class, where he met Rhonda 
  • 03:56 – They went to lunch and Rhonda asked him a hundred questions while Sid asked only one (if they could go out) which she declined 
  • 04:16 – Being a realtor, Sid knew that “sales” are made after the 5th or 6th “NO” 
  • 04:22 – After 3 months of Sid’s persistence, Rhonda finally said “yes” 
  • 06:51 – They’re celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary this November 
  • 07:01 – Their real estate businesses stayed separate for a while 
  • 07:11 – Rhonda was working with her mom when her dad passed away 
  • 07:59 – Training today in real estate is so good compared to what realtors had back then 
  • 09:03 – Sid and Rhonda are living proof of the training you can receive from GRI courses 
  • 09:34 – Rhonda didn’t really have any desire to date back then as she already had 2 sons and had been by herself for 5 years 
  • 09:56 – Sid kept asking her why she kept resisting – Rhonda really didn’t want to get involved 
  • 10:30 – Sid proposed 
  • 11:23 – “It was a long 2-day discussion” 
  • 11:37 – Rhonda’s friends helped them talk and think it over 
  • 11:57 – They both knew they were right for each other, but they were both scared to get hurt as well 
  • 12:10 – Within the first 3 weeks of marriage, they were already talking about annulment—they sat down, talked, and realized both of them were feeling vulnerable 
  • 13:17 – The key to Sid and Rhonda’s relationship is keeping Christ the center of it 
  • 14:41 – Sid and Rhonda work together every day 
  • 14:51 – They had 2 girls after they got married; now they have 8 grandchildren 
  • 15:24 – RE/MAX ALLIANCE is Sid and Rhonda’s company 
  • 15:29 – Call their team at 256-533-7653 or call RE/MAX ALLIANCE 256-799-2999 
  • 15:51 – They have 3 divisions within their team – residential resale, new home, and property management 
  • 16:37 – Call Sid directly at 256-337-7653 or email him at sid@pughgroup.com 
  • 17:36 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points 

  1. Real estate can open up a whole host of opportunities you’ve never thought of—professional and personal.  
  2. Persistence is KEY when it comes to making that “sale”. 
  3. Keep your values at the center of your relationship to sustain all things.  

Credits 

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