Re: ‘The Rookie Realtor: Do you want fries with that?‘ (March 15)

Dear Rookie,

I thought your column was a joke, so I responded in kind. How could I possibly believe your whining was for real!

Now it’s clear to me. You really do need to get out of the business.

Marlow C. Harris
Coldwell Banker Bain Associates
Seattle, Wash.

Dear Rookie,

Your article is very funny and well-written.

I, also, over the years, have dealt with many negative people in our business. When I come across one of them I simply say to myself “this person is very sad and must be having a hard time with life.” I feel that these types of people want to “bring you down to their level,” and most of them are just plain jealous of you for some unknown reason. Maybe your freshness and excitement irritates them. Most of these people aren’t successful people, and their opinions don’t matter anyway. Just check the MLS for their production and that sometimes gives you a clue!

Lisa Bowser-Hanas
Century 21 All Professionals Inc.

Dear Rookie,

Twenty-nine years ago, I, too, was a “rookie,” and I, too, did not sell any property in my first six months…but I sure learned a lot. Six hundred-plus transactions later, I pride myself on “doing it right,” and, while certainly not a “top gun,” I always end each day knowing I told the truth, gave accurate information and was legal, moral and ethical.

My motto is “Experience Counts.” That takes…time! Hang in there! Oh, yes, I grew up in Kentucky.

Steve Downs
Broker Associate
Steamboat Village Brokers Ltd.


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