REALTOR Magazine wanted to know why sales associates like their broker and their company. I am only too happy to tell them why.
I'm happy and proud to participate.
My broker, Michael Studebaker, and company gave me my first chance to become a realtor. When no one would hire someone who did not have experience as a realtor yet, Gallagher and Lindsey in (Alameda CA) not only took in other realtors-to-be like me but also provided a whole curriculum to prepare us. We had classes, guest speakers, case studies, and more. They provided training that helped us pass the mandated tests and get our licenses.
My broker frequently invites different people to present during weekly sales meetings. Guests have included real estate accountants, real estate attorneys, city officials, school superintendents, developers, community advocates. With their help, we stay in tune with the community, keep up with development in the real estate industry, and become better informed and knowledgeable --- and hence, better serve our clients and become better members of our community.
Additionally, he holds regular classes on many topics. During regular brown bag lunches, we have an opportunity to share ideas (or vent if we need it).
My broker is eager to embrace new ideas, and encourages us to pursue other ways to market our services. He searches and employs technologies like Docusign and efax, and implements use of various marketing techniques via Vflyer, craigslist, etc. He hooks us up with webinars such as those hosted by ForeclosureRadar.com; shows us how to utilize market metrics/charts we can pull up using Clarus; teaches us how to get connected via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Zillow and Trulia. From time to time, he will even pay for classes like e-PRO, and seminars that we attend such as those by Inman. He subsidizes programs ---- for example, every one of us can customize and enhance our listings on REALTOR.com. Like a proud parent, my broker's focus is on education.
Thus, our team is constantly evolving, learning....we do not stand still.
We are encouraged to be active in community programs, and we do. Some are active soccer coaches. Some participate in Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. We host Frank Bette Art Center art exhibits at our office. We volunteer during community events. Every Christmas, the company goes all out to "adopt" a needy family. The spirit of giving is alive and well.
One can walk in our office and can immediately feel the very strong spirit of camaraderie and care. We are all willing to help and look out for each other. Where else can one say, with sincerity, "We've got your back" ?
This is a great place to work!
Via REALTOR® Magazine (National Association of REALTORS®)
Here's your chance to brag about your broker. REALTOR® Magazine wants to hear from sales associates who think their broker (eg. company owner or manager) is the greatest in the world. Tell us briefly what you admire and appreciate most about him or or her and why they deserve to be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine as role models for the industry.
Please answer the following questions (if applicable) to help us decide who to include in the final article:
1.I'd never leave my broker because:
2.My broker has made a difference in my career in the following specific ways:
3.My broker has improved life in our community in the following ways:
Additional comments about your broker are welcome too.
You can post your responses here or send an email if you prefer to Senior Editor Wendy Cole (email@example.com). Thanks.