April 21, 2017

WHY?

Last week our team took a day for what is usually our quarterly offsite training.  It was again this quarter, but we invested that time much differently than normal.  
There was no technical training, but we dug deep on our goals and how we best deliver world class value to our clients.  
 
We asked one question over and over all day.  
 
Why?
Why do I work here?  Why is that important to me?  Why do we want to help 100+ families this year?  Why is that important to us? 

Why, Why, Why?
 
We took four hours and got alone and dug deep on our individual personal and professional goals and gifts.  We wrote lists of what we are grateful for, where God has gifted us and what our "wins" have been previously.  
 
The entire team really appreciated the provided time to get free of distractions and to focus on the important issues in our lives.  We will be better for you because of it.
 
Have you done anything like this recently?  Alone?
 
I strongly suggest it!
 
Your friend in real estate,
 
Todd Tramonte
 
P.S. My major goal this year is to bring three more really fun, really smart and really disciplined people onto our team between Dallas and Fort Worth.  My reason WHY is so that we can invest in the future of a few more team members so they can invest in the future of dozens more families.  Who do I need to know that you know? 
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April 10, 2017

This Weekend, I Built A House...

...OK, it was a tree house.  

Still though, it was a project for sure.  I drove a Phillips head bit at full spin into the inside of my hand right at the top knuckle of my middle finger. Then, I thought, "well, I'll only do that once" right before I switched bits and did it again in the middle of my palm.
 
I'm relatively handy.  Relative to people who are completely incompetent, I'm like a 7.   

Anyway, I thought about you while I was in the tree trying to wedge my drill in between tree limbs and marginally well measured 2x4s.   

I was actually thinking about how most of us build our lives.   

I had a picture in mind when I started this project, but things changed at nearly every task.  
 
The screws were too long for one use, so I had a choice.  Do I do this the lazy way and drill the screw only partially into the wood?  Do I go all the way back to the store for a perfect match to the screws I had but at the right length?   

I opted for using some screws I already had that were ideal in size and type, but didn't match in color. (It is a tree house.)   

As I was adjusting my plan at every obstacle yet hoping to end with the same design as I had originally envisioned, I thought about how life is the exact same way.   

Is your life turning out the way you had envisioned?
 
Is it better?
 
Have you had to make some really tough choices?
 
What values or principles do you use to help you make those choices? 

My filter for tree house choices was pretty basic.
1. Is it safe for my kids?
2. Is it in the budget?
3. Am I capable of pulling this off?
 
In life, this is much tougher.  I try to follow something more like this:
1. Does it glorify God?
2. Does it serve my wife and children?
3. Does everyone involved benefit?
4. Is this wise in both the short and long term?
5. Will this contribute to the legacy I want to leave? 

So, I didn't build an entire house this weekend.  I haven't built my entire life yet either.  I do make adjustments along the way as we all do.  I also don't want to compromise on the original vision.  
 
If you too want to live a life of purpose, meaning, and impact please don't ever give up.  Make the hard choices along the way based on your values and keep working at it.   

Have an incredible week,
 
Your friend in the real estate business,
Todd Tramonte
214.216.2161 

P.S. I'm adding the oxford comma for a friend (MP) and am still not sure about it.  
 
P.P.S. Our team is breaking all sorts of records for home sellers and buyers in this insane market. Next time you are in a conversation and the topic of selling or buying a home comes up, would you get out your phone and call us?  We'll always be glad to help you!
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April 4, 2017

40

That thing you really believe in, the thing you want so badly to do, but aren't sure you should swing that bat, aim that high or even try so hard.  Do that thing. 
There are only 40 weeks left in 2017.  
 
The previous 12 weeks have come and gone and can not be changed.  Forget em.  
 
Use the next 40 to change your life forever.  
 
Increase your knowledge, your fitness, your connection with people you love or those who need you.  
 
40 weeks.  What are you after?
 
I'd like to help if you'll let me,
 
Todd Tramonte
 
P.S. I plan to spend the bulk of the next 40 weeks meeting with and evaluating A+ talented and driven people to select 3 total to join our company.  Who do you know from work, church, softball or your neighborhood who is likely to be a fit for us?  Reply here to connect us and I'll buy lunch for all of us.
 
THANK YOU!!!
March 22, 2017

Be Inspired

https://youtu.be/CzEmv0sVE5M

March 20, 2017

Down By The River...

This past week we took our kiddos to the sprawling metropolis of Bandera, TX for a little getaway in the country.  We ate locally grown apples, apple pie, apple ice cream and some of the best hamburgers we've ever head. (I know we always talk about food around here.)  
 
We went in to San Antonio for a day at Fiesta Texas, including my son and I riding the insane reverse slingshot thing 200 feet in the air, we watched a bunch of movies in the condo and we read a lot.  
 
But, the single most memorable part of our trip was walking along the river bed and finding rocks and fossils.  We skipped rocks across the river and we threw hundreds at random targets in the water. 
 
Here's your $2.00 takeaway.  
 
It is almost never the "big things" that make the most impact.  
 
It is almost always the "little things" that happen in between that make life exciting and rich and meaningful.  
 
What are the "little things" you're overlooking, forgetting, or speeding by in life that you could celebrate, slow down in, and create to find more joy and purpose?
 
That's a thinker, I know.  Let me know what you come up with right here by replying.
 
Have a great week in the "little things,"
 
Todd Tramonte
 
P.S. Next time you are in a conversation and the topic of buying or selling a home comes up, would you feel comfortable introducing me and our team? If so, please put my number in your cell phone under Todd Tramonte - Broker or Realtor and call me ANYTIME!
March 9, 2017

Be comfortable, being uncomfortable!

Be comfortable, being uncomfortable!

Ask for a special discount when you buy something today. 
Use this dialogue: 

I would like a $1 discount on my drink today – 
because I really love your coffee and I want to 
save an extra dollar, please.

Then leave the savings as a tip! The action can help  
you get out of your comfort zone. The intention is so 
that when something occurs in your life to create 
discomfort, you are familiar with the feeling 
and can teach yourself to be comfortable being 
uncomfortable.

 

Have fun and stay inspired.

Courtesy of Joe Stumpf 

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March 6, 2017

Your Real Estate Questions Answered LIVE

Do you, your friends, neighbors, co-workers or family ever have a real estate question?  I'd like to invite you to connect with me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/richardsonrealtor or just search for my name, Todd Tramonte, so you can be a part of our Friday morning Broker Q & A.  
 
Each Friday at 8:30 AM CST I field questions live on Facebook and from throughout the previous week about everything from buying, selling and investing to crazy neighbors to the future of our market in Texas as well as other markets in the USA.   

Of course, if you don't do Facebook or don't want to wait for Fridays, you can always call our office at 214.216.2161.
 
Last week you would have seen great questions about the "Spring market" and my daughter telling everyone what she wants to do when she grows up.
 
Let me know if I can help in any way!
 
I'm here to help,
 
Todd Tramonte
 
P.S. Even if you are not buying or selling soon, please take me up on my offer to help.  We want to be a valuable resource for you!
Feb. 28, 2017

Think About Such Things

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.

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Feb. 27, 2017

How May I Help?

 

Is there anything I can do to help you this week?
 
Do you need an introduction to someone?  A service provider?  A second set of ears on a challenge you are facing?
 
I'm here to help,
 
Todd Tramonte
 
P.S. Of course I'm optimistic that if you are ever in a conversation and buying or selling a home comes up you'll get out your cell phone, dial my number and introduce me right then.  BUT, that's not what I'm talking about above.  How can I help you make the sale, find the right guy/gal for a job, fix a problem or find the right resource.  I am pretty good at helping solve challenging problems, so take me up on this.
 
P.P.S. You really are never interrupting me.  I always make time for friends and past clients. 214.216.2161
Feb. 20, 2017

Quick Tip: Be Consistent

 

When you say you'll do something... do it.
When you say you'll stop doing something... stop.
 

Image result for bob newhart stop it 

Now, if you must email me saying how insensitive that video is, go ahead, but first realize that life has too many real problems to make that one.  Laugh!  

As I all too frequently tell my children, we get to choose.  This is America.  

Choose to be joyful, choose to be generous, choose to be healthy, choose to be free, choose to be respectful, choose to be obedient to wise leadership / teaching / council, choose to serve others and reap the dirty little secret of self gain from it. 

1. Be consistent

2. Choose Joy

3. Model #1 & Share #2 with as many people as you can and at the risk of your own exhaustion.

--You'll be glad you did.

Have a great week!

Your real estate guy,

Todd Tramonte

P.S. If you ever need me, DO NOT HESITATE to pick up your phone, dial 214.216.2161 and simply let me know how I can help.  I want to help.  Really. 

Save that number in your phone under Todd Tramonte / real estate guy or / real estate broker / or Realtor or whatever you call me (be nice!)

Todd Tramonte