Dressing down!?!

Real Estate Agent with CARES Consumer Advantage Real Estate Services

First impressions are important and I try to dress professionally, but will definitely ease it down once I'vesuit established a relationship.

It's hot here in New Mexico and I've made it a habit to wear sandals along with dress clothes (lol). I've always been back and forth on the dress up or layed back look. Funny enough, last month, the father of a client of mine went out of his way to mention how he noticed I wear sandals when we go out and view homes. I thought I was busted but oddly enough he said this shows him that I'm comfortable and confident enough to wear what I want which made him appreciate and trust me even more...  Hey, who knew!


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Victor Montalvo Bilingual Realtor Sí, hablo español
Exit Realty Associates - Austin, TX

A suggestion, when I show homes to all my Hispanic clients, I only wear jeans and a regular shirt because dressing up will scare them away, plus it makes them comfortable that I am their equal.

When dealing with my non-hispanic clients, I dress up (slacks and dress shirt) but after the first visit, i will dress down to jeans and shirt.

So, what I am trying to say is, just feel comfortable in what you were. It will show and you will get respected based on your job and not what you are wearing.

Aug 27, 2008 06:13 PM #1
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Wear what you are comfortable with. In NM you must have heat like we do here in AZ. Dressing in suits here if you are out showing homes would be crazy.

Aug 27, 2008 06:14 PM #2
Dione Sage
Nova Home Loans - Gilbert, AZ

Sometimes I think a person should dress down because you can not approach every type of client in a power suit. Some people find it intimidating and first impressions are very important. I live in AZ as well (like the Benjamin Team) and it ileaves a worse impression to show up somewhere completely sweaty...Great Blog & Good Luck

Aug 27, 2008 06:28 PM #3
Sondra McDonald
Beach & Luxury Realty Referral, Inc. - Daytona Beach, FL

  Hi Jose:

Living in Florida, I would be miserable if I didn't wear Clam Diggers and Sandals almost all year, with a 3/4 length sleeve shirt or white pants, 3/4 length sleeve blouse and, most importantly, sandals. It seems if my feet are cool and comfortable then the rest of me is fine.   Hats are in here and the more outrageous the better.  Sometimes, when I wear the Clam Diggers, sandals and shirt, I'm still over dressed for my customers.  It's all fun here and you just have to be yourself and comfortable.

Best Wishes &  Labor Day 2    

Aug 27, 2008 07:15 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I have been here in LA for about 11-12 years, it all blends together...anyway when I came here from Boston I used to wear a  Shirt Tie & Suit. Now it is always Business casual, dress slacks, T-shirt when it is cold then a Sports Jacket. No one had a problem with it. It is the knowledge I provide is what buyers want....With that said today I was going around with a 60+ years  College Professor . We went to see this home the Listing agent showed up in White Shirt Red Tie and Black Dress pants. My client said "...now this guy looks like a Realtor...unlike you.." (go figure) inpite of that we are writing an offer tommorow.:)))

Aug 27, 2008 07:26 PM #5
Rebecca Anne Cole
PNC Mortgage - Timonium, MD

I usually dress up for an appointment with a client.  I am more comfortable wearing professional attire when I am talking to someone about their finances.  When the weather is hot and humid I wear short sleeves with dress pants.  It is good to see that your client's father respected your footwear choice. I do think it is all about feeling comfortable and confident in who you are.  

Aug 27, 2008 10:38 PM #6
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