JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: I Can be so Much More Than I am

I Can be so Much More Than I am

Columbia, SC


 As I stand up from the closing table at the end of each transaction, I always have two very distinct feelings.

1- I am always happy for a job well done and a successful transaction. There are few things that you can do in this business that feel better than helping everyone get to where they need to be.

2- I always feel as if there was more that I could have done for my clients. I spend a lot of time educating them, preparing them, and protecting them from themselves and outside forces. But when I reach the end of the road, I always feel as if I could have done more. I could have sold the house faster, I could have found the right new home sooner, or I could have taught them a few more tricks of the trade.

Columbia, SC


 Maybe you think this shows a lack of self confidence, I can assure that's not the case. I am confident in my ability to provide my clients with competent service, but I am a perfectionist of sorts. If everything goes right except one little thing, that one little thing will be my immediate focus and I will try my best to be sure that it never happens again. Most of them are completely out of the control of myself or my clients, but I still want to cure the cause.

 Maybe I should just shake the feeling and learn to relax, but then how would I get better? It's just part of my process to improve my ability to represent my clients and after all, the devil is in the details so you better pay attention. I like to think that this feeling will never go away, because the second you stop attempting to improve your service, you never will again. And my clients deserve better.


JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsJL Boney, III • December 29 2009 02:13PM


Sounds like you are one of the good ones and it will reflect in your business.  If you are getting referrals from former clients then you know you helped that customer the best you could in their minds.

Posted by Sajy Mathew, Making your real estate dreams become a reality! (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

I guess we can all improve ourselves and I think it is ok to know you can strive to be a better person. Just remember that you are a great person and that our little faults make us unique. Who would want to be around a perfect person???

Posted by Susan Sawyer, Real Estate Expert - Hudson Ohio (Keller Williams Chervenic Realty) about 9 years ago


Outstanding post, we can always learn from our experiences, and build from our strengths.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

JL: Why are you attending closings? That's an administrative function. :)

Go prospect and find some new clients to service!

Keep up the good work!

-- Danny

Posted by Danny Batsalkin, Los Angeles Real Estate | 310.432.5706 (Keller Williams Realty - Beverly Hills) about 9 years ago

Nice post!!!

I think you have a great attitude.

I hate to think of your actions as those of a "perfectionist" but more of someone stiving for excellence.

Posted by Brian Kelly (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) about 9 years ago


I thing we all wonder the same thing during a transaction. All we can give is our best, and if we make a mistake, we need to learn from it!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

JL - "What if" remains the motivator. Our reputation is gaged by our last transaction.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) about 9 years ago

JL...learning to relax  is a good thing, but, the nagging feeling of underperforming is a sign of someone who cares for their clients and also the agents professionalism!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 9 years ago

JL, I think it is a very good character trait wanting to always improve. That is like me striving to get the 100 on the test. Not perfection, but excellence. Keep being that JL. I think it is a good one. Happy New Year.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Of course the rub is that you can likewise be so much less.  Improvement is critical, but acceptance of strength is equally vital.  Focusing too much on perceived weakness can temper those parts of the service that are beyond reproach if the full accounting of one's service is not a fair and impartial analysis across the full spectrum.  Been there, done that.

Seriously hoping comment #4 is playful sarcasm.  There is nothing "administrative" to the assurance that closing figures are correct and all questions that arise are answered properly.  Even if attendance merely serves to reassure an anxious client with one's presence, skipping a closing to focus on the next wave of prospects is unconscionable to my way of thinking.

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) about 9 years ago

JL, I think you are a fantastic individual and that shows in this post. The fact that you want to be a better person/agent/etc shows how great you are. Always striving to be better and grow is an admirable trait. Keep it up!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 9 years ago

JL, you serve your clients well and wanting to make sure you do all for them is praiseworthy.  I'm with Paul... not being at a closing is like not being at the birth of something.  They are at the beginning of a journey and also at an end.  At the end of the struggle to get there and at the beginning of what is hopefully, a happy chapter in their lives.  Good for you for caring so much.  Happy 2010.  Wishing you all good things.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 9 years ago

JL:  I can relate to that feeling of thinking that you could have done more.  It is how we evolve our business and services one transaction at a time.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 9 years ago

With a great attitude like that JL, you improve with every transaction!  It is nice get a pat on the back, but examining every aspect of a transaction just makes us better!  Have a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!  

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 9 years ago

I particpated in a REBar webinar today.  And, I learned from one speaker that the person had a whole team working for him or her...buyer's agents and showing agents and this and that.   Whatever...

I like knowing that the client has my FULL attention...the details can get lost in translation so I have every confidence that if I were ever so privileged to give you a referral that you would be able to take my client and give them YOUR very best.  And, that would definitely being saying something.  Congratulations on your wanting to be the best and continuing to strive for improvement.  But, at some point, you might be so perfect, the rest of us mortals won't be able to take it!!!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 9 years ago