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“Think outside the box before you are put in to one.”

I was talking to a client today and she said, "When I think of you, this is what comes to mind." I had to laugh. She said, "So many people are never willing to think out of the box and when they die, you have to wonder if they regret it. With you I'm never worried about that, you are always thinking outside the box."

This thought has now been stuck in my head, and that brings up the question, am I truly thinking outside the box enough? I always have new ideas, but am I willing to implement them? When I started for my present brokerage, my principle broker said "you have more original ideas that I have every seen!"

She then gave me an empty book to put all my ideas in and told me, "When this book is full of you ideas, and I am expecting that to be within 2-3 years, I want you to publish this book."

So are you going with the flow, or are you thinking outside the box before they put you in one?


Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)


At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


Reach out today, we look forward to talking with you!


Todd Clark and Seraina Aguayo (Owners of Respect Realty)

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Comment balloon 15 commentsRespect Realty LLC • November 24 2007 12:38AM


Todd, I try to think outside the box, but I am not very good at it.  I am going to keep working on it, though!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Hi Todd:  A few days ago you had a chainsaw in your hands.  Today you are into caskets.  Ummmm... just what kind of mushrooms have you been eating, anyway ? <grin>
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 12 years ago

Roberta - If you think of something, just do it instead of thinking about it that is the key!

Karen - This picture was taken last month on our nature walk - lol


Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 12 years ago
lol ... sorry that's all i have
Posted by Michael La Fay (Meadow Lakes Supply Co.) over 12 years ago

Hi Todd:  Why am I not surprised you have pictures of wild mushrooms.  Such a silly goose.  Thanks for sharing... and once again, thanks so much for all your kind thoughts and prayers for my daughter Robin and her puppy Lady in their time of need.    Karen Anne

By the way, Todd... seeing that you are in Beaverton... the last time I was there... December of 1999... I had dinner at an Appleby's on NW 185th Ave south of 26, and almost rented an apartment on NW Rock Creek Blvd just north of 26 and west of 185th.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 12 years ago
Good thought (No pun intended) provoking post, Todd. Traditional methods and techniques still work in our business, but I do like to think out of the box as well. I believe creative thinking and diversity helps to separate us from the field and causes us to stand out with clients.
Posted by DDR Realty, Orange County NY (DDR Realty) over 12 years ago
Todd, I don't think anyone can ever accuse you of not thinking outside the box!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 12 years ago
Thinking outside the box is usually a good idea. I was worried you were expanding your business, by the photo!
Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 12 years ago


This is definitely an outside the box way to get our attention and make us

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) over 12 years ago

To me, thinking outside the box often means going against conventional wisdom, and I love it. Imagine if Mr. Columbus had stuck with the status quo................

Posted by Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies (Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania) over 12 years ago

Hi Todd,

Excellent post!

How right you are. People have the opprtunity all the time, but like you say, they cannot think out of the box.

Sometimes, I believe, you have to force yourself to take a step back and look at the "Big Picture"

Hope you had a great ThanksGiving.


Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 12 years ago

Amen to thinking outside of the box Todd. 

Our clients expect us to tell them something that they don't already know and that is where thinking outside of the box comes in--original ideas that is tailored to their needs. 

Posted by Wayne Miller over 12 years ago
Hey Todd, hopefully I have a while before I end up in the second box!  That is a funny way to remember to be creative though.  Excellent post!
Posted by Jon Mitchell (Classic Property Management) over 12 years ago
Good greif, Todd!  This post deserves a gold star for the title alone!  And I think you have it right!  
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 12 years ago

Sara - It wasn't funny! It is a good thing, right?

Karen - You were about a 1/2 mile from my house at that time.

Derrick - In this market we need to think outside the box on everything from financing to advertising.

Linda - Thank you for that!

Charles - What a great idea, thanks!

Julie - I've done my job here then.

Kevin - My Thanksgiving really would have sucked!

Tom - I was worried when you said big picture you were talking about my weight gain from Thanksgiving - lol

Wayne - Clients love it when we can say something different than everyone else.

Jonathan - I hope you are not in the second box for a very long time either!

Patricia - You like the title do ya? - lol (Now that tells me that you have been hanging with to many politicians there in DC)


Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 12 years ago

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