Careful Who You Listen To

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

 

You have heard the term Consider The Source.

When newer agents ask for my help in real estate...

I warn them to consider who they listen to.

Find someone you really like,respect and admire.

Ask the  agent who has been helpful with a contract, pleasant as a listing agent, kind at an open house and professional when talking to buyers, sellers and other professionals in the business.

 

There are so many who are willing to help other agents. It makes real estate better for everyone.

 

 

Find that person who is  encouraging and  excited with your enthusiasm.

When asking for guidance, make sure you are asking in the right places. Look for someone with your own values. 

 

Looking back over the years I have heard these "helpful" suggestions.

 

  • You can't do real estate. You are too nice to work in that tough environment.
  • You can't sell that unique property adjacent to a cemetery.
  • You can't give away all your secrets.
  • You can't raise the listing price.
  • You can't spend so much time sharing with other agents.
  • Print media does not work.
  • You have to stay with a brand name company.
  • Blogging is a waste of time.
  • You can't always get a full commission.
  • You have to work with everyone.
  • You can't just be a listing agent.
  • You can't drive a two door car. 
  • You can't have a waiting list.
  • You can't be a solo broker. 
  • You can't be present for your showings unless it is an expensive property. 
  • You can't make your own appointments.
  • No one listens to live radio.

 

So glad I didn't listen.

 

 

Margaret Rome 410 530 2400 

 

 

 

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Monica Hill
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Good reminder to keep our focus on the positive!

Mar 21, 2017 08:55 PM #20
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Marte Cliff
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Professional "victims" love to tell you not to try. I guess that's because misery loves company?

To heck with them! Take advice from those who succeed.

Mar 21, 2017 09:22 PM #21
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Kathleen Luiten
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All the "you can't ..." advice is saying no rather than yes. Good advice tells us we CAN do, can succeed, can reach farther.

Mar 22, 2017 12:15 AM #22
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Anna Hatridge
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Follow your business plan and you will be successful.  Learning to trust yourself will help you surround yourself with good sources.

Mar 22, 2017 01:57 AM #23
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Rockie Marvel, REALTOR (214) 801-0908
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Great post!  Thank you for the reminders. 

Mar 22, 2017 03:50 AM #24
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Jeff Dowler
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There are some pretty wise words here, Margaret. And considering the source, we should listen.

And aren't we fortunate to there are so many wonderful people here in AR to listen to and to be fabulous sources of learning?!

Jeff

Mar 22, 2017 04:27 AM #25
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Chris Lima
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Great post, Margaret. I despise negativity. Encourage not discourage is my motto. However, it appears that you took the "you can't(s)" and turned them into "oh, yes I can (s)!

Mar 22, 2017 04:57 AM #26
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I've been lending for 28 years and the same holds true for the lending industry. "Computers are taking over our industry", "You'll never work your way into that R/E Office", You'll never get that loan done".

There is a great song by Kenny Chesney called "Noise". It talks about all the miscellaneous negative noise we hear on a daily basis.

Surround yourself with influencers and positivity. Negativity is way too easy to find nowadays!

Continued success to all on this thread!

Mar 22, 2017 05:09 AM #27
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Sorry: Wasn't logged in when I posted:

 

I've been lending for 28 years and the same holds true for the lending industry. "Computers are taking over our industry", "You'll never work your way into that R/E Office", You'll never get that loan done". 

There is a great song by Kenny Chesney called "Noise". It talks about all the miscellaneous negative noise we hear on a daily basis. 

Surround yourself with influencers and positivity. Negativity is way too easy to find nowadays!

Continued success to all on this thread!

Mar 22, 2017 05:11 AM #28
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Jeffrey Cooper Just listened to "Noise" 

I removed all TVs from my house almost 3 years ago. The silence is wonderful.

Mar 22, 2017 06:01 AM #29
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Sandra Paulow
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Oh so true.  When I was new I was assigned a mentor and they were very negative.  I sought out another agent I really respected and we are still friends 20 years later.  So glad I met them, they helped me get started with good advice and a postive attitude. 

Mar 22, 2017 07:57 AM #30
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Sandra Paulow Glad you found another. In some companies a 'mentor'  is "assigned" to an agent. The agents get monetary rewards ( a portion of their first 3 transactions)..not my definition of a mentor.

Mar 22, 2017 09:36 AM #31
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

This is a great post meant to help us all.

It seems that negative people seek out the new agents and are so generous to distribute their garbage to them.

Great advice: Be careful of who you listen to.

Mar 22, 2017 10:22 AM #32
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John Wiley With good training the new agents should be warned of this practice.

 

Mar 22, 2017 10:29 AM #33
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Melissa E. Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
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Great advice. Everyone has their own opinions, and some people are way more helpful than others. Always a good idea to filter who you should and shouldn't listen to.

Mar 22, 2017 11:52 AM #34
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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
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Hi, Margaret!

Sounds like a lot of negativity to me.  The first step is to stay positive.  In my book there is no such thing as "can't".  Try different things and see if they work for you.  Different things work for different situations.  Bottom line is don't listen to the negativity. 

Brigita

Mar 22, 2017 12:05 PM #35
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Oh there are so many negative people ready to give agents advice!  However, you gave GREAT advice to new agents!

Mar 22, 2017 02:31 PM #36
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR If more people were like the giving and sharing members on AR...what a terrific reputation we would all have.

Mar 22, 2017 03:16 PM #37
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
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Dear Margaret,

Good going. You thought you could & you did.

I never listened to the "we do not have girl toilets ... " either.

Mar 22, 2017 09:46 PM #38
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Dörte Engel Love your comment. 

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