Change Agents

by Karen Briscoe
October 28, 2016

Halloween is celebrated this coming October 31st. One of the best parts is the parade of kids trick or treating in costume at our door. I love when children take on the character of super heroes. Think of Superman and Wonder Woman! The male cartoon character Superman changes from Clark Kent, a mild mannered reporter to super hero who defends truth, justice and the American Way. Wonder Woman heralds from a blend of many heroines who protects people in danger with the use of truth as one of her weapon.

Real estate agents have many attributes of super heroes. A professional agent uses his super abilities to help the buyer and seller navigate the complicated process of change. She protects her clients with truth and knowledge. Paramount is the ability to use vision and enhanced listening skills to help maneuver clients through periods of uncertainty and challenge. Agents and super heroes both use overt and covert efforts to achieve the mission.

Christopher Reeve who played Superman shared these inspiring words: “What I do is based on powers we all have inside us; to make the best of what we have – and you don’t have to be Superman to do it.” As real estate professionals we may not save people from burning buildings, yet we are helping them to buy or sell their most valuable asset in life.


Not sure if you are up to being a super hero? According to research by American social psychologist Amy Cuddy, strike the physical pose and you will take on the characteristics. For Superman strength and Wonder Woman boldness stand tall with fists on hips and bold chest. In the words of Cuddy: “fake it until you become it.”

Yes change can be stressful, yet with Superman and Wonder Woman real estate agent on duty, everyone lands safely with their feet on the ground and a smile on their face and a place to call home!

Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy and their team HBC Group at Keller Williams are active and experienced Realtors® in the Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Washington, DC market place. They would be delighted to assist whether selling or buying a home. Please contact via the means most convenient for you:, 703-734-0192,

Karen Briscoe is Principal of the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) and author of "Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day". She is an Associate Broker in Virginia, a Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist, and a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Karen began her real estate career developing residential lots with the Trammel Crow Company in Dallas, and in commercial real estate with The Staubach Company in the Washington, DC Metro area. Karen has a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University and her BA from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri – her hometown.
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