It's a Wonderful Life and Profession

by Karen Briscoe
December 6, 2017

It is a tradition in our family every year during the holiday season to watch the Frank Capra classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In fact I’ve seen it so many times that I can quote word-for-word many of the scenes. Perhaps it is because of all the real estate lessons contained within!

The heart of why it is so meaningful for me to be a real estate agent is played out in the scene where the family is at the dinner table. George Bailey’s younger brother Harry is preparing for a party that he is trying to get his big brother to attend. As George is leaving for college soon he shares his dream with his father that he wants to be an architect and see the world. He just couldn’t imagine being a part of carrying on his father’s dream of running the Bailey Building and Loan. George sees the enterprise as small and penny-ante and he wants to create and build on a grand level.

George: Oh, now Pop, I couldn't. I couldn't face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office...Oh, I'm sorry Pop, I didn't mean that, but this business of nickels and dimes and spending all your life trying to figure out how to save three cents on a length of pipe...I'd go crazy. I want to do something big and something important.

Pop: You know, George, I feel that in a small way we are doing something important. Satisfying a fundamental urge. It's deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace, and we're helping him get those things in our shabby little office.

As a professional agent, I echo Mr. Bailey’s sentiment. In small and big ways we are doing something important, satisfying the fundamental desire of home ownership. As agents it is rewarding to assist Purchasers in finding a home that meets their needs and walk them through the myriad of steps to make that happen. It is our privilege as well to work with sellers on what is typically their largest asset, to take them through the maze of both marketing and selling their home. The mission of HBC Group at KW is to “impact and improve people’s lives.”

Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy, principles of the HBC Group at Keller Williams would be delighted to assist with your real estate needs, whether selling or buying a home.  Our group of active and experienced Realtors® in the Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Washington, DC market place consider it an honor to be of service. 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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