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Big Island Real Estate – Doing What We Have To Do

During these difficult times, I’ve heard many people say they are just doing what they have to do.

Through the years of living in Alaska, at one time or another, my friends and I would talk story about if times ever got really bad, “We can always get a job being a greeter at WalMart!” Well, for many realtors on the Big Island, in 2008 and early 2009, things got really bad. Sales and buyers went away. In early 2009, I found my self realizing that times had gotten really bad—greeter at Walmart—bad.

So, in early 2009, I started looking for a job on the Big Island. I had 20+ years in various positions in Anchorage network TV stations…hmmm…network TV stations on the Big Island…zero. “Okay, time for something new. Look in the classified ads. Oh my, this can’t be…there’s really only 2 columns of ads for the whole island?” This was the reality of what was available for jobs on the BigIsland in 2009. So, when I was offered a job in the Deli at the Waimea Foodland, I felt like I had won the lottery. I was told that the manager had 50 or 60 applicants a week looking for a job. I had scored to get this job!

It turned out to be just about the hardest job I had ever held for the lowest wage I’d ever made. The first few days after work I was so exhausted I could barely walk in the door when I got home. But I worked with some of the greatest, hardest working people you’ll find on this island, and they all helped me. No question about it, this was nothing but good old-fashioned hard work. During this time of working in the deli I lost 40 pounds—my paid exercise program!

Around this time, I was also looking for a better way to run my real estate business. I had several talks with Katie Minkus about a new company that was just starting up on the Big Island—Hawaii Life Real Estate Services. I liked what Katie had to say, and so I became one of the early Lifers here on the Big Island.

I later changed over to a cashier position at Foodland, and had the opportunity to meet many residents and visitors of the Big Island. I came to have my regulars and favorites that I would look forward to hearing quick updates on their lives. I learned alot about the people of the Big Island, and was able to meet and talk with people I would never have known otherwise. People, like a woman I met one night, when a man with two small children didn’t have enough money to pay for all his groceries. As he was sorting out what food he would have to leave behind, she quietly came forward and said, “Brother, you have children to feed, let me help you out.”

I feel truly blessed to have made so many new friends on the Big Island. But, a few weeks ago, I realized that it was time for me to go back into real estate full time. Hawaii Life’s business model has taken off on the Big Island, and I think I have promising years ahead with them. So, I’ve left Foodland, and all my friends there. I thank everyone there that helped me so much during my time there…I miss all of you.

But, now I know, that if times ever do get bad, I’ll hope I can get that Wal-Mart job. Because I also know it’ll be hard work, but I’ll probably meet some great people and just love it!

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Diane Chavez, RS

October 22, 2010

Pat I love hearing your blog stories. You are always positive!

Diane Chavez, RS

October 22, 2010

Pat I love hearing your blog stories. You are always positive!

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

October 23, 2010

Aloha Pat. Your blog made me cry! I am touched by your story and how it’s really the untold story of thousands of our Big Island family and friends and what we’ve been through here in “paradise” while the rest of the world economy has been in turmoil. I am humbled by your honesty, transparency and tenacity to improve your life circumstances. And I’m thrilled that you’ve chosen the Hawaii Life ‘ohana with whom to walk forward into what looks to me like your VERY bright future! Congratulations – and mahalo.

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

October 23, 2010

Aloha Pat. Your blog made me cry! I am touched by your story and how it’s really the untold story of thousands of our Big Island family and friends and what we’ve been through here in “paradise” while the rest of the world economy has been in turmoil. I am humbled by your honesty, transparency and tenacity to improve your life circumstances. And I’m thrilled that you’ve chosen the Hawaii Life ‘ohana with whom to walk forward into what looks to me like your VERY bright future! Congratulations – and mahalo.

Pat Strausse, RB

October 24, 2010

Katie,
Thank you for your post and for being such an awesome BIC! I love my ohana at HI Life and so am excited about my future with Hawaii Life. And, every time I go to town I seen to run into some of my new Foodland friends..so it’s all good!

Pat Strausse, RB

October 24, 2010

Katie,
Thank you for your post and for being such an awesome BIC! I love my ohana at HI Life and so am excited about my future with Hawaii Life. And, every time I go to town I seen to run into some of my new Foodland friends..so it’s all good!

Kristine

November 15, 2010

Aloha Pat,
I’ve been searching for an agent with heart! I think I just found one…please email me so we can discuss buying me a Hawaiian home!!

Kristine

November 15, 2010

Aloha Pat,
I’ve been searching for an agent with heart! I think I just found one…please email me so we can discuss buying me a Hawaiian home!!

Pat Strausse, RB

November 16, 2010

Kristine, what a wonderful blog! I’d be delighted to send you an email about finding a home in Hawaii. My email is on its way to you!

Pat Strausse, RB

November 16, 2010

Kristine, what a wonderful blog! I’d be delighted to send you an email about finding a home in Hawaii. My email is on its way to you!

Kathy E Awai, R(S)

November 18, 2010

Pat, I’ve know you for a long time and you’re still one of the best people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have seen other agents working at various jobs and it does boil down to doing what you have to do in this economic climate. I admire your honesty but most of all, I value your friendship.

Kathy E Awai, R(S)

November 18, 2010

Pat, I’ve know you for a long time and you’re still one of the best people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have seen other agents working at various jobs and it does boil down to doing what you have to do in this economic climate. I admire your honesty but most of all, I value your friendship.

Pat Strausse, RB

November 20, 2010

Kathy, thank you for kind remarks and friendship through these
years. I’m so happy you’re a HI Lifer now – its an incredible gathering of agents that are all committed to doing the right thing all the time, every time. And you fit right in!

Pat Strausse, RB

November 20, 2010

Kathy, thank you for kind remarks and friendship through these
years. I’m so happy you’re a HI Lifer now – its an incredible gathering of agents that are all committed to doing the right thing all the time, every time. And you fit right in!

Heidi White, R(S)

November 22, 2010

Pat, you are a wonderful role model and all of us had to do what it took (especially if your main job was selling Real Estate). You are honorable and I admire your brave spirit because it was you and only you who had the courage to Blog about your second job. I am sure those friends you made at Foodland will be lasting friendships! Thanks for sharing!

Heidi White, R(S)

November 22, 2010

Pat, you are a wonderful role model and all of us had to do what it took (especially if your main job was selling Real Estate). You are honorable and I admire your brave spirit because it was you and only you who had the courage to Blog about your second job. I am sure those friends you made at Foodland will be lasting friendships! Thanks for sharing!

Julie Keller

December 12, 2010

Wow!! I am reading my way through Hawaii Life blogs today and I this one made my heart sing and my eyes well up with tears. Talk about inspiration! I am honored to know you Pat and am humbled by your experience. I don’t know you well, but I don’t need to, to know that you are one of the most genuine, hard working and kind hearted people I have ever met. You are full of light and your spirit lights me up every time I see you. I feel fortunate to be a part of Hawaii Life along side of you. P.S. I miss seeing you at Foodland ;-)…. but not really…. I much prefer seeing you at HL functions!

Julie Keller

December 12, 2010

Wow!! I am reading my way through Hawaii Life blogs today and I this one made my heart sing and my eyes well up with tears. Talk about inspiration! I am honored to know you Pat and am humbled by your experience. I don’t know you well, but I don’t need to, to know that you are one of the most genuine, hard working and kind hearted people I have ever met. You are full of light and your spirit lights me up every time I see you. I feel fortunate to be a part of Hawaii Life along side of you. P.S. I miss seeing you at Foodland ;-)…. but not really…. I much prefer seeing you at HL functions!

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