Why a Great Realtor is Like a Mentor: How to Get the Most Out of the Relationship

Real Estate Agent with Serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the Fraser Valley

I was on Twitter today and asked the question "What relevant Real Estate information do you want to read about?" and this is the first topic that came back courtesy of Shane Gibson of Vancouver you can follow him at http://twitter.com/shanegibson he has some wonderful information to share with you regarding social media for business etc.

Why a great Realtor is like a mentor: How to get the most out of the relationship. I choose to use the term great instead of good because to me there is a difference, we can all be good but we can't all be great. It is what sets us apart from the rest.

I am sure you all have someone in your life that you would consider a mentor, wether you know it or not, a mentor is someone who guides you and encourages you along the path in life. A lot of people tent to have different mentors for different things because certain people have more to offer by way of wisdom in certain fields then others.

This is the main idea why a great Realtor will be a mentor. As we start the home buying process for the very first time we need someone who is will to hold our hand and guide us through the process step by step and help us to understand all the things that go into buying a home. The Realtor should be a place of safety,  comfort, and confidence helping you to feel that you are being looked after and if you have any questions they would be more than happy to stop what they are doing and help.

As we grow from first time home buyers to first time home sellers and then to buyers again we need someone there to help us again in a new way. Since you already have that on going relationship with your past Realtor they should be more than happy to come by and guide you through the next phase of home ownership, selling. Then on to buying again where they continue to bring value and information as well as stability and confidence to the transaction.

Then when you are ready to look at new opportunities like investing in Real Estate they again will be there to help you and guide through the process.

A great Realtor should be in regular communication through out life, I mean that. Just because the transaction has been completed doesn't mean that you will never need or have a Real Estate question ever again. It means that they have had a chance to help you and in return hope you can do they same for them, by passing on referrals and so forth, which truly is the greatest complement you can give your Realtor.

How to get the most out of the relationship is to be prepared to give answers to questions and to not be offended if they ask you lots of question. They are doing this to help you. Everything you say will help the Realtor to relate and connect with you and ultimately save you time and money.

Be ready to have a good time, this should be a fun experience. Realtors 9 out of 10 times people people and love to be conversational and have a great time.

The more specific you can be about what you need and why you need it will also help. It is a two way street the Realtor can only do as good a job as the answers they have been given by you. It is however our responsibility to ask great questions.

Don't be afraid to have frank discussions regarding all issues in the process. We are there to help YOU.

Much like a Mentor is there for you always and is in regular communication with you, so should be a Realtor and a client/past client. We (Realtors) are great resources, we also have large networks of people that we know who are involved in just about everything. If you need a mechanic call us cause we have one, need a painter, roofer, guitar tech, boat repair, tires, etc. we know a lot of people and don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation we usually only work with people we know, like, and trust. Use us as a resource for more then just Real Estate.

I hope this has been help please feel free to comment or email me and let me know what you think.


Comments (6)

George Bennett
Inactive - Port Orford, OR
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

Chris - I like the mentor analogy. It works well. Thanks for the post.

Mar 27, 2009 05:49 PM
Chris Penner
Serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the Fraser Valley - Abbotsford, BC
Real Estate Consultant - Keller Williams Valley Realty

George, thanks for the thought, I hope it helps, Shane is one of my followers on twitter and he was the one that thought the idea up I just saw it through in the form of a Post here on my blog. Glad you liked it. Be sure to tell your friends how great you are and why we are so invaluable.


Mar 31, 2009 03:38 AM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

I like that -its a great perspective....and a standard to old up!

Apr 02, 2009 05:51 PM
Chris Penner
Serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the Fraser Valley - Abbotsford, BC
Real Estate Consultant - Keller Williams Valley Realty

Thanks Liz I thought it was good, it was a great suggestion from one of my followers.



Apr 06, 2009 09:34 AM
Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

Thanks Chris,   My first thought after reading this is WOW what great things to share in my phone conversation when I am just making contact calls, we do know many people but are friends-clients don't think to ask us so I will start bringing this up.



May 29, 2009 11:48 PM
Chris Penner
Serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the Fraser Valley - Abbotsford, BC
Real Estate Consultant - Keller Williams Valley Realty

Glad I could help Sharon, that's why I am here that and it's a great host for my blog and I can drive traffic to it.

I got the question from a follower of mine on twitter so keep your eyes peeled for more.



Jun 04, 2009 06:37 AM