Are you in business by yourself or for yourself?

Real Estate Agent with Realty Pro Oregon, LLC 200311024

Photo courtesy of cobrasoftThink about this for a moment, if you got in business for yourself, than you cannot really function as a successful agent in this business. Real Estate is about partnerships with buyers, sellers, other agents, inspectors, appraisers, mortgage brokers, title offers, and the many others that we encounter during a transaction.

So, if you want to succeed in this business for yourself, great. But remember you can't do it by yourself.

I would like to thank one of my past principle brokers for this advice, because it really did change how I looked at my business.

Todd Clark - broker
Kastings & Associates
Phone: (503)524-9494
Fax: (503)622-8739

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Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

That is excellent advice Todd. Too often we deal with people that think this is an adversarial process instead of a symbiotic one.

Jan 21, 2009 04:16 AM #1
Richard T. Dolbeare
KW Island Living - Lihue, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Hi Todd,

Your advice is good advice.  I worked in a team environment for 35 years before my current career in real estate so it comes natural to me and has helped my business immensely.  But many that I observe don't think that way at all.

I saw your full background in the instant before your post loaded.  Wow, what a great waterfall and it looks similar to Kauai's Wailua Falls (from "da plane, da plane" TV fame).  I've been to Washington state but didn't see scenes like THAT!  Very pretty.

Aloha,  Richard

Jan 21, 2009 04:20 AM #2
Laurie C. Bailey-Gates
Robert Paul Properties - Barnstable, MA

Hi Todd,


Yes great point - The art of Real Estate in networking and gettting out there - connecting with others is important.


Jan 21, 2009 04:37 AM #3
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Great advice. Surrounding ourselves with successful people is always a great asset

Tom Braatz

Jan 21, 2009 05:01 AM #4
DJ Swanepoel
Real Estate Wiki - Los Angeles, CA

Great reminder to us all Todd. Connecting with other people, learning how valuable they can be and how much they can help you is key in any industry.

Jan 21, 2009 09:45 AM #5
Susan Manning
Realty Executives - Temecula, CA

Its a people to people business.  Definitely a good thought here!!  I just heard of a broker who does all his meetings by webinar.  I also heard he was losing half his office.  Is there a connection?

Jan 21, 2009 10:00 AM #6
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


This is some very good advice.  I have never quite heard it put this way but it sure makes a lot of sense.

Jan 21, 2009 09:28 PM #7
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

You are right - even those that we may not be as warm with have something to offer in the business. Everyone is unique.

Jan 22, 2009 02:25 PM #8
Pederson Properties Inc.
HK Lane La Quinta & Prudential Maui Realtors - La Quinta, CA

This is such a great post Todd! It is so important to work together - and although we all may catch the "if you want something done right, you better do it yourself" bug from time to time, this is a great reminder as to how important it is we work with each other. There's no i in team!! ;)

Pederson Properties, 

Feb 15, 2009 02:59 PM #9
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