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Playing Fair and Square: What’s Your Agenda? – Albert & Michael – Saba Island Properties

Saba Island Properties Playing Fair and Square

How many times have you gone to buy something and when you ask for help, the sales person tries to sell you something different? You’re polite but they don’t hear you because your agenda is not their agenda.

What’s an agenda?

When you *hold another person’s agenda* it means you’re focused on helping people get what they want. You don’t manage or push them into doing something they don’t want. You don’t have ‘a hidden agenda’.

You may make suggestions but what works best in business and also life, is a true desire to know — to understand what their personal viewpoint is — how they think and feel and to honor it fully. That’s the emotional commitment we live by at Saba Island Properties – listening to you and helping you get what you want and dream about. We have your best interest at heart.

Have an authentic agenda

You build an agenda and create an action plan by sincerely wanting to know:

  • What’s best for another person?
  • What do they hope for and deserve?
  • What will make them feel good, happy and successful?


If I’m a cook my agenda is to offer you a variety of entrees to choose from but if I only keep pushing ‘The Special’, you’ll start to feel pressured. Not heard or cared about.

The same is true of real estate agents. What if an agent only shows you the properties they want to sell? They targer a certain piece of land or a house, talk all the others down and didn’t show you everything that’s comparable and available. Pretty soon you’ll walk away or maybe end up buying something you really didn’t want

Having an authentic agenda means being ethical. Having a purpose that’s honorable; one you’re proud of. You’re alert… aware… sensitive to other peoples needs and ideas. You have a natural obligation and responsibility to be of service – to make sure you’re being completely fair to the client’s agenda, not your own personal lineup.

You wear many different agenda hats

  • You’re a consultant because you help solve problems.
  • You’re a mentor because you give advice from your own life and knowledge.
  • You’re a friend because you care for the person you’re working with.
  • You’re a negotiator, diplomat and wizard as you prioritize, offer observations and create magic by helping people decide what really matters so everyone wins fair and square.


Setting a fair agenda means preparing without your ego or judgment — preparing without making up your mind in advance — preparing without deciding what works best for someone else.

Great sales people are excellent listeners and they also like people. They’re genuinely interested in who you are and how you think. They listen and read between the lines, using their intuition and instincts so they can help you, not fool you.

Certainly they hope to make the sale. That’s why they’re in business. So — why not do it with integrity from the start?

When you have an agenda of honesty and truth then it’s a humanitarian effort. You’re not corrupting yourself, and the trust you’ve earned working with people shines, increases and promotes you.

Look at these passionate words Michelle Obama, one of the First Ladies of the United States,
uses to describe that kind of vital agenda:

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…
that you don’t take shortcuts or play only by your own set of rules…
and success doesn’t count unless you earned it fair and square.”

Now that’s one highly desirable and achievable agenda to choose to live by.

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 *As expats in real estate these are the core values we live by*

See what other people think about our agenda

Albert & Michael  SABA Island Properties
Saba (+599) . 416 . 2777 / USA +1 . 631 . 604 . 4435 / Skype:
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Michael Feeley

Michael Feeley, Life Coach:

Why Saba?

After living and working in New York City for 40+ years I leaped right out of the rat race of corporate America; leaving behind the relentless stress and competition that was wasting me; to rediscover what really matters to me in life.

We went looking for a new home all over the world - the Azores, the Maldives, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Malta, the Caribbean and by pure luck, found Saba.

Saba gives me peace, joy, freedom and a community where I feel I belong. People are respected here; living free and open, in the heart of deep nature and incredible beauty. It's a remarkable change.

The work we do enables us to care about other people. Helping them find a new home with practical empathy for their needs and dreams. It's an emotional investment. To listen. To understand. It's work that matters to us. Work we're proud of.

Maybe you have similar yearnings for change. Wanting a better way to live.
A place where you feel at home, with yourself and with the world.

You might just be looking for a new spot to vacation. Unique. Unknown. Crowd-less. Safe. Friendly.... Hello Saba.

Or... you're already hooked on Saba and keep coming back year after year because you love it! Booking your favorite hotel and room or renting a Saba cottage or villa.

Or... Saba's lifestyle makes you dream of a bigger change. A more personal connection to this exclusive, wonder of an island. Something lasting. Just yours and investing in a home is fixed in your mind and heart.

Feel free to email me and let's find out exactly what you want and see - Is the Caribbean island of Saba right for you? Let's make those thoughts and wishes a reality and then... they won't be thoughts and wishes anymore.

I look forward to saying to you one day --'Welcome home!
Be it for a week or... a lifetime.

*And yes, it's true. I was a professional actor, singer, model (actually working) in New York City and noted theatres throughout the United States: The Actors Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Syracuse Stage, Elitch Gardens, Ogunquit Playhouse -- working with John Raitt, Howard Keel, Allan Jones, Howard Da Silva, Tovah Feldshuh, Bobby Van, Ford Models.
(I even sang for President Jimmy Carter).

I transitioned from acting (because I wanted to) into the travel industry and later, working as a headhunter for over 20 years in NYC with: The Marriott Corporation, Jones Dairy Farm, Cotton Incorporated, The New York Post, Spike Lee DDB, MetLife, Sullivan & Cromwell, Peter Marino Architect, Reliance National Insurance, Black Rock Financial, Parachute Publishing, Burberry, Asprey Jewelry, The Hunger Project, Macklowe Real Estate.

I'm an Akimbo Workshop Coach for Seth Godin and a certified Life + Career + Change Coach; working with all kinds of people around the globe: creatives - human resources professionals - executives - artists - musicians - gardeners - college deans and teachers - doctors - hotel owners - computer wizards - other coaches... helping them create the change they want in their work and lives; to do better, to be happier and even discover what they really want to do with their lives.

Please take a look at my Coaching website and see how I can be useful to you:

My favorite quote is by poet Mary Oliver because it truly says what I want to know about you in such an unforgettable way:

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

I'm also proud to have my writings about real estate and coaching published at: Thrive Global - The Huffington Post - Maria Shriver - Michael Port - The Fordyce Letter - LinkedIn - Medium and others.

You can email me:

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