I'm a little put out with the fact that our newly trained Real Estate Agents have to meet a stumbling block just when it's crucial for them to gain the experience they need to flourish. What adds to the dilemma is the way that some of the industries like to toot their own horn by having no mercy in listing the criteria for choosing an agent. One that is always present is asking the agent how long he or she has been in the profession.
The reason I find this offensive is that the public has no idea of the training it takes just to pass the examination to attain the license. Not everyone can pass these examinations and with all due respect, we deserve to be acknowledeged for this alone. The public has to understand that when a new agent comes on the scene, the broker is behind each one to mentor in whatever situation arises that might not be readily available to the agent.
It is assumed that when the agent attends an appointment for a presentation, he or she is coming from a reputable background, especially if they are a full service Realtor. Why then should we be challenged with such a question? It is more important that the public be interested in the character of the Realtor rather than how long they have been in sales.
Twenty five years ago, the public was not as informed as they are today because there were no PC's or internet. All that has changed and it is more difficult for an agent to perform in this business while they are being subjected to what is similar to interrogation. There are many facets to being a Real Estate Agent and it takes dedication to be at the top of this profession. In any profession there has to be a short time period for apprenticeship. Doesn't everyone derserve that chance?
Ann Gravel, Realtor, E-Pro
Pat Bennett Realty
Serving Massachusetts & New Hampshire