Building Rochester, One Real Estate Property at a Time
By Christopher Thomas
As I look at the past year and think about what the New Year holds for real estate and for Rochester as a community, a common theme has become more obvious than anything: we can do anything we put our minds to. I am overwhelmed with excitement for the opportunities that exist; the progress that we have experienced; and the hope for a better tomorrow. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to do what we do. In 2013, I had the pleasure of watching and assisting 74 families who never thought they would become homeowners accomplish that goal. I watched and assisted over 400+ people start on a path toward first time home ownership that will culminate in them purchasing sometime this year.
Over this last year I was presented with a choice that caused me to really evaluate why I do what I do, and what the overall goal of my everyday activities actually is. After much thought and prayer, the underlying goal became clear and it is now our vision statement to direct all activities at New 2 U homes. We will strive to make Rochester a better place by helping motivated people attain their real estate goals. First and foremost, we want to make the world a better place. As we look at the tools at our disposal that can help make that goal a reality, we are honored to assist others in the area of real estate. By helping people to responsibly buy and/or sell real estate we are afforded the opportunity to actually move our clients, our community, and ourselves toward the goal of “better.” This world is full of good people who, given the right opportunity and information, would like nothing more than to make this world a better place by owning a piece of it and making sure their piece is the best it can possibly be.
I am again blessed beyond measure that so many of these motivated people migrate toward me on a daily basis. I am also fortunate to have a team who shares these feelings and works tirelessly toward these goals. As I look over the past few years, the number of lives we’ve had the opportunity to become involved with and impact is heartwarming. We have helped over 300 families so far and we have been flooded with new clients, all thanks to the enthusiastic referrals of friends, family, and customers. At times, it is almost overwhelming. To think that someone thought enough of the service we provided that they would tell another is extremely humbling. Then to think that it happens every day, multiple times a day; to think that it has been happening for years now and that it continues to happen today is an absolutely awesome feeling. At times, it literally
brings tears to my eyes. This is why when I was faced this year with a choice, the choice became easy.
I was approached with the “opportunity” to “help” my clients by selling pre-packaged homes to them in an automated fashion where the work would become easier; the paychecks would appear more frequently; and the world would believe I was a superstar. All I had to do was convince my clients to purchase these perfect newly remodeled homes. As I evaluated this “opportunity” and the motivation behind its offer, I began to realize that the plan for theses pre-packaged homes was to use cheaper materials in an attempt to maximize income for the investor. I would have to change my goal from helping motivated people achieve their goals and making my city a better place to a much more mechanical goal where my clients become
relegated to acronyms and the properties I sell them become nothing more than widgets. Sure I would sell a lot of homes,
but how would this affect my community?
During this last year, I watched as someone no one thought could ever be in a position of power took ahold of the City’s top job. Our new mayor did so with dignity, eloquence, determination, and above all, appreciation for where she had come from and all those who helped her along the way. In 2014, we have some awesome challenges. But we also have some awesome opportunities. This year looks brighter. I think young people can finally see themselves in leadership positions. I think the youth of tomorrow have some role models they can look up to. I think it will make a positive difference for the future. Let us work together and change our world: one person, one street, one neighborhood, one community, one city at a time. Let’s change Rochester. Today, I’m proud to be a Rochestarian!