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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's not always about the money, Peter but, it is nice to have - especially if it allows you to do something you love - like travel!


Success in real estate, to me, is

  • Owning a business that 75-100% repeat & referral business, making clients' dreams come true over and over again with impeccable customer service.
  • Being able to retire comfortably, selling that successful business
  • The ability to spend more time with family
  • Giving back to my community
  • Being a life-long learner, not only in business but, in life.
Aug 12, 2019 06:45 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I think success is different for every one of us... we are all in business for different reasons. Repeat and referral business from my clients defines my definition of success.

Aug 12, 2019 06:54 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Same as success in all areas of my life. Happiness and satisfaction.

Everyone wins!

Deals make sense, I make raving fans, someone makes celebratory cocktails and lather rinse repeat.

Aug 12, 2019 07:18 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Success in what is a good follow up question...It is not hard to accumulate material wealth in the USA. How about becoming a well-rounded human being in all the roles we play? If done this invests into the next generations. Food shelter, clothing, security and health are common goals/wants but without character, meaning and purpose what remains? Seek the balance

Aug 12, 2019 06:25 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

All my bills are paid and my retirement account continues to grow.

Aug 12, 2019 09:22 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Happy with what you do and make a decent living.

Aug 12, 2019 08:37 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Keeping the pipeline full.

Aug 12, 2019 07:30 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not one definition that fits all.

Aug 12, 2019 06:49 AM
Jason E. Gordon
AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA
Sr. Loan Officer, CMPS, CDLP, CDRE, RCS-D, CDPE

A steady source of business coming from referrals & repeat clients while maintaining a strong reputation in the industry. 

Aug 12, 2019 09:03 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Is it "The One Thing"?

I'd say what I have now would be a pretty good definition for me.  Just the right level of business that supports me, but still allows me to grow and keep my techie side happy (site design, videos, photo editing, SEO).  I have a few opportunities that have come from it, some may materialize, some may be a pipe dream, but all-in-all I'd say I'm very successful.

Aug 12, 2019 08:54 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

How many lives can I change in a positive way.

Aug 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Successfully creating the business one intended to have (or better).

Aug 12, 2019 09:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Happiness in my life and peace and joy in my heart.  The ability to be able to help people and be paid for the level of experience and knowledge I bring to the table. I could write a book about it, Peter!  

Aug 12, 2019 09:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nina Hollander expressed our views beautifully.  There is no need for me to gild the lily!

Aug 12, 2019 08:40 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

A very profitable business.

Aug 12, 2019 07:53 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I agree with Nina Hollander as difining success to different for anyone. Staying in business is my meaning to being successful 



Aug 12, 2019 07:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

success for me in my real estate business is making the phone ring by a homeowner who wants to sell....

Aug 12, 2019 02:39 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Success is different for everyone. I look at how have I changed to accommodate success.

Aug 13, 2019 07:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

John Juarez sums it up well!

Aug 13, 2019 04:31 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Success can be when you no longer have to chase your next sale, they come to you. 

Aug 13, 2019 05:57 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Success for a newbie means having more numbers in the black.

Success for a survivor is having sufficient income to have many choices.

Success for a mature agent means leaving behind a legacy.

Of course making a transformational difference in the lives of others along the way is golden.

Aug 13, 2019 04:16 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Money, Time Off, Vacations and making people happy.


Aug 13, 2019 03:11 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

If it is to be, it is up to me!

Aug 13, 2019 07:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gosh, there are so many - repeat clients, testimonials that make you cry, a great month that made a new record, and of course that closing that was perfect.

Aug 29, 2019 03:56 PM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Achieving my goals and doing my personal best.

Aug 14, 2019 10:25 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Well said, Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Aug 14, 2019 12:51 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

For me success is a happy and well balanced life, the joy of helping people, the funds to pay my bills and save and enjoy life.  I could care less how others might view my level of success... I know I'm successful because I have so much love, happiness and joy.

Aug 13, 2019 12:44 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Another transaction survived!

Aug 13, 2019 08:23 AM