SWDesertHomes in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Vail & More!: We All Have Something to Offer

We All Have Something to Offer

We all have something to offerI enjoy going to REALTOR gatherings - big expos, big meetings, big events, and at them, my favorite thing to do is people watching.  You see, there isn't a formula for what makes a good real estate agent.  There isn't a blueprint, or a body type, or an aptitude.  What makes a good real estate agent - well that's subjective to our clients, isn't it?  What do they need?  Whom do they identify with? Where is the connection?

I've been taking some management classes through my company, Long Realty.  They've been very interesting and thought-provoking, and even...revealing.  In the first couple of meetings I was, well let me say, I AM intimidated a bit.  The room has quite a few of those 'big wigs' which is what I've always called the agents that turn a lot of transactions a year.  The room has quite a few teachers.  Also mixed in are those that are community minded, or civic minded, and are doing great things within the Real Estate field. And then there's me - and I don't consider myself a big wig, or any of those other things.

Last session, our guest speaker was going to show an example within his speech about typical behavior. He asked for a volunteer.  Well, wanting to learn, I raised my hand immediately, knowing folks rarely do.

He looked at me and said, "Why did you volunteer?  You weren't supposed to volunteer!  NOBODY volunteers immediately."  

He was saying this light-hearted, but went on to share his case in point, on how folks tend to hang back when asked, until pity sets in, and then eventually a few hands will raise.  

He said to me, "You're fearless!"  

And I replied, "No, I just want to learn".  I wanted to see what he had to show us. without delay...and so I volunteered. It's a little bit of what I bring that's different, to a "management" table, so to speak.

And so, to my title of this little expose.  

Our clients' needs are subjective, and as unique professionals, we're here to help.  It's a competitive business, for sure, but it's also all about those relationships and connections.

We all have something to offer.

This rings true for our family life, our spiritual life, our personal life, ...everything.  We all have something to offer.  We all have value.  All of us.

All of us.


If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Comment balloon 31 commentsCara Marcelle Mancuso • August 15 2016 06:51PM


Hi Cara, I love that you volunteered because you wanted to learn, even if you didn't prove the presenters point!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 2 years ago

Very nice.  We do all have something to offer in life and any setting for that matter.  

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Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 2 years ago

There are all kinds of personalities in this industry and I have to agree with the instructor, you are fearless.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

Cara, you sound like someone on the fast track to success, following and learning from the best, and raising your hand to volunteer for greatness!

Thanks for the inspiration.


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 2 years ago

Cara, how'd I miss this one?  I love that you were gutsy enough to volunteer, and by the way, I have rarely been impressed with the "big wigs".  We should all be focusing on the quality of the service we offer, and real estate professionals would get a much better reputation!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

What a nice blog about proactively wanting to participate and wanting to hone your skills.


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Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Cara, nice to see you got that well deserved gold star!!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 2 years ago

Found this post through Bob Crane . Great post and management skills adds a whole new perspective to business. I agree that you're fearless as you took the initiative to raise hand immediately fast track to learning. I've done the same as I'm always eager to learn immediately, lol. Yes, we all have value.

Posted by Jeremy G, Advanced SEO Expert. I give free Expert SEO advice (ZrysMedia) over 2 years ago

Cara Marcelle Mancuso - indeed there are few who want to 'come forward' to help/volunteer!

Being fearless is the quality of people who are more likely to be successful. And you have that quality.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

Cara I am sorry I missed this wonderful post thanks to our friend Bob Crane reblog I found it, this is so powerful why it did not get featured....well that is another story... do not give up hope I just had one of mine featured two months later:)) Loved this message:

We all have something to offer.

This rings true for our family life, our spiritual life, our personal life, ...everything.  We all have something to offer.  We all have value.  All of us.

All of us.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

You really do have something to offer all of us no matter who you are. All the best to everyone

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 2 years ago

Bob is another person that inspires me greatly and I wish him all the best as well. He always has something good to say!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 2 years ago

That was excellent that you volunteered, and you are right, we all have something to offer.

By the way, I agree with Pat #5 about the "big wigs" - I haven't been impressed either (at least not yet).

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 2 years ago

Great post, Cara Marcelle Mancuso .  You're right, we do ALL have something to offer!

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) over 2 years ago

Love this, Cara.  We do all have something to offer and we are all unique.  Are we going to hear the rest of the story?  

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 2 years ago

Fantastic story Cara Marcelle Mancuso. I love that you were not only able to shock the speaker, but your willingness to learn by being proactive, speaks volumes about your work ethic and dedication to honing your skills.  Congrats on the feature!

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) over 2 years ago

I'm here from Bob Crane 's reblog. So glad he shared this and I didn't miss it.

You, Miss Fearless, are an inspiration!

Great post and great example for the rest of us. Congrats on the Feature!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 2 years ago

Hi Cara -- I hadn't seen your post until Bob Crane reblogged it. Being fearless, wanting to learn has me sitting in the front row of events. Congratulations to you on your attitude, as well as the gold star!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 2 years ago

Hello Cara,  Fearless  love it and such a great post.  It is great to go to these events and learn as much as you can.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 2 years ago

Good for you for not being typical! You thwarted the speaker's plan to make his point but made a different one: "Don't assume that everyone fits the mold, because some of us don't."

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 2 years ago

Hi Cara, You are so right. We all have something to offer. 

I disagree about the volunteering thing. There are people, like you, who will be the first to raise their hand, step up, and volunteer.

Congratulations on this Feature Post! 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 2 years ago

Being fearless is huge!  It means you're willing to take risks, and learn as you go.  BTW sometimes the "big wigs" are OK if they're not overly impressed with themselves. 

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 2 years ago

This is a great post Cara, and you were fearless to raise your hand.  The speaker is correct, not many people do that! Congrats on the feature!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Good post, Cara. Showing up AND stepping up has always been my key to success.

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) over 2 years ago

Great post!  We all do have something to offer!  Your post reminded me of a song I used to sing when I was a little girl and also sang to my children when they were little called I'm Something Special.  😊

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) over 2 years ago

Being fearless is an attribute of attitude and confidence. Knowledge, when used effectively is powerful and with it,  success is sure to follow with discipline and perseverance. Great post.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 2 years ago

I can see why Patricia chose to high light your post this week!  Well done!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 2 years ago

Hi, Cara!  This post is included in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Cara - Being just a little fearless is what makes us open to learning.  Push out of the safe place and it's amazing what happens ... the key ... hold everyone in the sphere of respect ... and then we truly see "we all have something to offer" .. indeed, all of us!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi, The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi) over 2 years ago

Congrats for this well deserved feature!  You are so right.  Not everyone is a big producer, has a big team, or any of those titles. But we all have value.  We all bring something to the table! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 2 years ago

So true!  Congrats on a wonderful feature!  Before my RE career, I thought there was only one type of personality that becomes a lasting agent, but I couldn't have been more wrong.  I see so many different personalities but they all have a passion for helping others.  What an eye opener this journey has been.  Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! 

Posted by BARB KELLEY, The 'Golden' Experience Team! (NextHome Realty Center) over 2 years ago