Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Chamber Music and Real Estate

My two loves are chamber music and real estate  (well, there's also a guy, but that doesn't play into this post).  And music and real estate work a lot the same way.

A chamber group has a conductor.  In real estate, my conductor is my broker, and I'm lucky to have a really great one who knows the score.  

A chamber group has a bunch of people playing different instruments - violins, violas, celli, and winds.  In a real estate transaction, you have a bunch of people with different parts to play - , buyers, sellers, agents, home inspector, loan officer, appraiser, and title attorney.  

In a chamber group, if one player is out of tune or hits a sour note, we all sound awful.  In a real estate transaction, if one of the players throws a bad punch, it can hit a sour note for the entire transaction.

So, when my parents had doubts about my wanting to major in flute and piccolo in college, it was actually a discipline that prepared me for my career in real estate!  Actually, it prepares you for any career that involves close team work!


Comment balloon 15 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 29 2009 12:06PM


Interesting, how many Realtor piccolo players are there? Sounds like a new group for AR....

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Patricia - I don't play the piccolo or flute (but I think they're beautiful instruments.).  I play the piano, though...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat... Sounds like you do your best to make beautiful real estate music.  It's too bad that every now and then someone hits a "clunker" of a note!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Interesting analogy, Patricia.  Play that funky music white girl:)

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 11 years ago

Gary, there are a bunch of musician/agents here in DC, with a few retired military band members.  One of them was thinking about starting a Realtors' band!

Deb, I never quite got the piano thing down!  Wish I could play one.

Steve, musical clunkers are usually easier than real estate clunkers!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hey, Jason!  Ain't nothin' funky about Bach!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Chamber music and Realtors?  Is that when one or the other is constantly Baroque? Or when Realtors want to show the bed chmaber or antechamber? And...there's always room for Cello.


Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hello Pat-I love your analogy. Pretty cool. Hope you are having a great day. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat...Wonderful analogy and so true.  Cohesive team work makes the difference in so many things we do.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 11 years ago

Pat -- I love your analogy----- I play or should say I used to play the clarinet in high school --- the flute and  piccolo were so difficult --- I admire you tremendously.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 11 years ago

Pat - in both your loves, when everyone plays their role properly - it's a sweet result. In your real estate, though, I think you're the conductor, not your broker.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago

LOL Pat, very good. I have a funny story about a conductor to tell you. My MIL was with a conductor from the Kirov for a long time, they were home from Vienna here in her country house, and he wanted to go lease a car. Went to a local car dealer, filled out all the papers, (at the time his employer was Vienna Staatsoper), they read it all and said... you work for Metro North?

OK, we are a bit rural here, BUT NOT THAT RURAL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago


Very nice analogy about the three two loves in your life.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Very interesting and apt analogy.  And two more factors that work for both:  you are creative and a team player.  These are helpful in real estate.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 11 years ago


Nice, poetic and romantic blog. Interesting angle. Funny, practically few started their career in real estate, many came after  doing other things. And everyone can tell you that their previous careers, training or education, that had nothing to do with Real Estate affected there career in Real Estate. Because it is life experiences that make us who we are, whether it is music, or flying planes

A very nice post

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 11 years ago