An Interesting Short Tale About A Truck Driver Turned Real Estate Man.

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AlongCameJones's Comment
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Realtors in Boise, Idaho are not nearly as "civilized" as realtors in the San Fransisco Bay Area in California.

In 1981, my mother had done business with a realtor in the SF Bay Area named Joe Mandolfo. He was a handsome 45-year-old gentleman in a suit, tie and drove a clean 1976 Cadillac Seville to show his clients homes.

In 1999, I had a guy from John L. Scott Realty in Boise, ID show me homes. The real-estate company had a classy-sounding name but this man was not very classy in presentation. He had some crude rough-riding Jeep-like vehicle. He was not clean-shaven and dressed rather "blue collar". He spoke like a simpleton too. He was bald and sported a mustache and glasses. He was dressed like he was fit to operate a Caterpilllar tractor (sans hard hat) and not at all like a city-slicker like the Italian realtor in San Francisco, Mr. Mandolfo. I was not taken to a white-table cloth restaurant for lunch but rather a McDonald's in Nampa, ID. Having been spoiled rotten on the Left Coast most my life, it was a real culture shocker going into Boise. In the SF Bay Area, I also knew an insurance broker who drove a nice Mercedes Benz. Always well-dressed and clean-shaven.

Incidentally, slick-dressed Joe Mandolfo in the fancy automobile had told my mother he was once a truck driver earlier on in life. Is being a truck driver or a realtor a better prospect in life? Who of the two jobs makes better net earnings money in 2021? Could any carrier-hired truck driver in 1976 have afforded a new Cadillac Seville back then? Who will die with the mostest nice toys in the end when all is said and done, a realtor or a company freight driver? To me it's all about achieving a certain degree of personal material wealth. If there's not enough dough in it, it doesn't make my cut.

The moral of the story: Don't ever take your Bay Area mentality into any RED state.

Some short story, huh?

Rhino's Comment
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This guy still at it?

Realtors in Boise, Idaho are not nearly as "civilized" as realtors in the San Fransisco Bay Area in California.

In 1981, my mother had done business with a realtor in the SF Bay Area named Joe Mandolfo. He was a handsome 45-year-old gentleman in a suit, tie and drove a clean 1976 Cadillac Seville to show his clients homes.

In 1999, I had a guy from John L. Scott Realty in Boise, ID show me homes. The real-estate company had a classy-sounding name but this man was not very classy in presentation. He had some crude rough-riding Jeep-like vehicle. He was not clean-shaven and dressed rather "blue collar". He spoke like a simpleton too. He was bald and sported a mustache and glasses. He was dressed like he was fit to operate a Caterpilllar tractor (sans hard hat) and not at all like a city-slicker like the Italian realtor in San Francisco, Mr. Mandolfo. I was not taken to a white-table cloth restaurant for lunch but rather a McDonald's in Nampa, ID. Having been spoiled rotten on the Left Coast most my life, it was a real culture shocker going into Boise. In the SF Bay Area, I also knew an insurance broker who drove a nice Mercedes Benz. Always well-dressed and clean-shaven.

Incidentally, slick-dressed Joe Mandolfo in the fancy automobile had told my mother he was once a truck driver earlier on in life. Is being a truck driver or a realtor a better prospect in life? Who of the two jobs makes better net earnings money in 2021? Could any carrier-hired truck driver in 1976 have afforded a new Cadillac Seville back then? Who will die with the mostest nice toys in the end when all is said and done, a realtor or a company freight driver? To me it's all about achieving a certain degree of personal material wealth. If there's not enough dough in it, it doesn't make my cut.

The moral of the story: Don't ever take your Bay Area mentality into any RED state.

Some short story, huh?

AlongCameJones's Comment
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Is the real estae business a safer bet for me? Question: which driver here, if any, has ever sold real estate for a living?

Rob T.'s Comment
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Cool story bro.

Hey Rhino how're things going with you?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Is the real estae business a safer bet for me? Question: which driver here, if any, has ever sold real estate for a living?

My brother in law in FLORIDA .... went from being a REALTOR to driver . . . about 5 years ago, and is happier. This market is 'whack' right now.

This guy still at it?

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Realtors in Boise, Idaho are not nearly as "civilized" as realtors in the San Fransisco Bay Area in California.

In 1981, my mother had done business with a realtor in the SF Bay Area named Joe Mandolfo. He was a handsome 45-year-old gentleman in a suit, tie and drove a clean 1976 Cadillac Seville to show his clients homes.

In 1999, I had a guy from John L. Scott Realty in Boise, ID show me homes. The real-estate company had a classy-sounding name but this man was not very classy in presentation. He had some crude rough-riding Jeep-like vehicle. He was not clean-shaven and dressed rather "blue collar". He spoke like a simpleton too. He was bald and sported a mustache and glasses. He was dressed like he was fit to operate a Caterpilllar tractor (sans hard hat) and not at all like a city-slicker like the Italian realtor in San Francisco, Mr. Mandolfo. I was not taken to a white-table cloth restaurant for lunch but rather a McDonald's in Nampa, ID. Having been spoiled rotten on the Left Coast most my life, it was a real culture shocker going into Boise. In the SF Bay Area, I also knew an insurance broker who drove a nice Mercedes Benz. Always well-dressed and clean-shaven.

Incidentally, slick-dressed Joe Mandolfo in the fancy automobile had told my mother he was once a truck driver earlier on in life. Is being a truck driver or a realtor a better prospect in life? Who of the two jobs makes better net earnings money in 2021? Could any carrier-hired truck driver in 1976 have afforded a new Cadillac Seville back then? Who will die with the mostest nice toys in the end when all is said and done, a realtor or a company freight driver? To me it's all about achieving a certain degree of personal material wealth. If there's not enough dough in it, it doesn't make my cut.

The moral of the story: Don't ever take your Bay Area mentality into any RED state.

Some short story, huh?

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Yeah, Rhine! Been wondering, too. Saw this & thought it 'might' be YOU! (Man, awful pix quality..sry!)

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~Anne~

Bruce K.'s Comment
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What exactly is the point of this thread? People come here for advice in starting and maintaining a driving career, not to get advice on becoming a realtor.

I built and sold houses for many years and have a very low opinion about realtors in general. Most of them are akin to sleazy used car salesmen.

PJ's Comment
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Sounds like Todd again!!

Davy A.'s Comment
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Id say its clearly Toddles. The bay area attitude is whats wrong with this country. Its generally controlling, insane and horrible for personal liberty. If one thinks the progressive madness there is a beneficial thing, it explains much of their problems. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Chief Brody's Comment
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As stated, realtors are salesmen. Salesman need to know and appeal to their customers. Joe Mandolfo knew and appealed to real estate customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The realtor in Boise, knew and appealed to his customers. It's not an issue of how a realtor "should" be or act as some sort of absolute hierarchy. It's about your market.

I did a real estate development in the Lake of the Ozarks, which is a very red area of a red state. My colleague was chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party in 2008. I was advised by local politicians that my colleague should NOT participate in the process. BTW, my colleague was also a slick Italian.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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It IS Todd... he needs to atleast use a different dog Pic.

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