David Saks: Dreams & Reality

David Saks - Real Estate Broker - The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc. - 4040 North Watkins-Suite #4 - Memphis, Tennessee 38127 - Phone (901) 357-4663

Dreams & Reality

What is a dream ? 

Is it just a series a mental images and emotions that take place while we're sleeping ?


Is it some fond desire that's far beyond your grasp ?

Is it just a fantastic and vain hope ? 


What is reality ?

Is it a combination of all of the experiences you have and how they appear ?


    Is it the world as it really is rather than how you want it to appear ?

Is it a quality possessed by something that exists ?


The thought of owning a home has now become an unapproachable, unobtainable, untouchable dream for millions of American families.

Now that America's banks have less money to lend, and the tragic fact that foreclosures and pandemic financial fraud have wiped out much of the economic strength of our nation, it's become even more of a distant dream.

Maybe instead of referring to home ownership as
"The American Dream"
we should call it

"The New American Reality".

Put the word reality back in the words real estate and REALTOR® in 2012 and help someone, whether a troubled family, a single parent or a senior.

Help the financially challenged find a home or keep the one that they're about to lose.

Forget about the commission and use your power as a real estate professional to do a measure of redemptive social good.

David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDavid Saks • December 18 2011 12:28PM


David, I do at least one a year.  We are sometimes the main point of contact, with the opportunity to give help to those who need it most. 

Posted by Cathy McAlister, Sacramento DRE#00648507 (Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento ) almost 9 years ago

Pro bono's not a popular expression in today's business environment, Cathy. If I had anything to do with it it would change. I've been told that some states and their bar associations require their attorneys to perform a certain number of pro bono cases per year, perhaps to fulfill continuing education requirements and to serve the benefit of the public at large. Real estate practitioners should be required to do the same, either as a consulting arrangement or commission free service based on the income level of the client. If the client is at or below the poverty level it should be pro bono.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 9 years ago

Dear David -
If RE agents had to do that, I would have my hours in for years to come! HA! I have been doing that for decades with both house and apartment rentals as well.  It is very satisfying to assist someone buying a $60,000. home.  It means the world to them. And folks don't have to worry about too much commission there either - do they, David?
Have a happy day -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 9 years ago

I use to be an escrow officer for way to many years.  That industry, in my time, was about service.  You made things right.   There have been many transactions where my brokerage fee was reduced to very little, because it was the right thing to do.  Those families needed their homes and shelter, and they also need decent guidance not driven by commission.   At the end of those transactions.... I felt very right about my place with that client and what their future could now be.   

I have no idea how many agents might be willing to take that on.  But, I know there are some of us that do.  It's good.


Posted by Cathy McAlister, Sacramento DRE#00648507 (Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento ) almost 9 years ago

It's tzedakah, Lynn. Loved the Tom Lehrer, by the way. I'm playing dreidel for charity Tuesday night at the orthodox synagogue's annual Chanukah party, and later, the same evening, the piano for the congregation. The rabbi demands my attendance under penalty of no latkes for the holiday.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 9 years ago

It is good, Cathy. Hardly a day goes by that I'm not scribbling out a fly-by CMA on a napkin for someone or referring them to an agent that'll euphorically work on an adjusted basis. The median income in the part of the city where my office is located is abject, corruptible, miserable poverty. The crime, foreclosure, dropout, divorce, bankruptcy, mortality and joblessness rates will stagger you. It's hard to smile when I walk in the door, but I do. The phone calls and walk-ins would break your heart to pieces.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 9 years ago

Dreams. In Maine, you wake up and start the dream in blue and green. Not black and white anymore.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 9 years ago

Andrew, most homeowners these days have dreams in black and blue. Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud are nowhere to be found to put a bandaid on the bruise.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 9 years ago

Hi David,  I've said many times:  Some of the most rewarding transactions have been the smallest !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 9 years ago

Agreed, Bill. What the transaction does for your heart has no measure.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 9 years ago

David, I don't know how you do it.

Your blogs show us the amount of larceny that is being done in this great country of ours.  Too many people are interested in the fast buck, and legality and integrity be damned. You post these at great expense to you in time and effort, and it is a rare occasion that our members of AR appreciate your efforts, by  responding to your posts.

Now you go to another level...... Helping the unfortunates. I can't believe the me, me attitude on AR. " Let me tell you about my new listing, my latest sale, or how I just arrived at X number of points" Now that one is able to pat ones self on the back, I guess that is what it takes to be successful in AR. I also love the fact that participants use photographs that are 20 years old, and then when they achieve an epiphany, and bring them up to date, they are complimented on their frankness. I need help in understanding that little bit of deception.

I am an iconclast, and have always believed that it is more important to give than to receive.

It is a very rare occasion that I will post a blog, so when I sign in at AR  it is to learn what is happening in the wonderful world of real estate. If it wasn't for you, and a very few others, signing into AR would be a waste of time.

Keep doing what you are doing, David.

With great admiration for you and for your very special code of ethics.



Posted by Ronald Curtis, Negotiating the best price and terms for my Buyers (Manes Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

Many thanks, RJ. I respect your wisdom and cherish our association. I am not without blemish, flaw, mar and defect. Perhaps my doggedness about various aspects of the process will alienate that group of members a bit too familiar with my pessimism, which includes an overwhelming feeling of distrust that I've acquired in recent years, as the crime blog has exacerbated the aversion. I still believe that there are many good and great real estate professionals, however, and I always will. The profession is an integral part of my lineage, although it was never considered that I would one day embrace the social structure it encarnates. I wanted to be a piano player, a musician. To play some jazz and write some music. Real estate theory and practice was in my gene pool. An inescapable part of my DNA I suppose. So I followed the real estate profession in a calm and rational way in an attempt to find eqanimity and understand why the reason which guides commerce had been immolated.

I was thirteen when I saw Lee J. Cobb play Willy Loman. It tore my heart out and I knew then that I could never be great salesman, but that I would always try to understand those who commit themselves to the general activity of selling, as my father had done, and always delight in assisting those who would make sales their passion.

Your words and your kindness both demonstrate clearly a virtue far beyond what is ordinary amidst our aggregation of otherwise highly esteemed colleagues.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 9 years ago

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