Simon Says....Be Careful Who You Follow

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM

Simon says, flickr photo credit When I was growing,one of my favorite games at night was playing Simon Says...

My grandparents had a lake house on Ky.Lake which we spent a lot of times at during the summer months. Most of the lake houses around us all had kids from different states that we only saw during the summer.

At night we all loved to play Simon Says...

If you are young and dont' remember the game, one person is Simon and Simon tells you what to do, ie...Simon says jump on one foot, Simon says put your hands on your heads, Simon says do jumping jacks. The next Simon is the one who didn't get eliminated by messing up.It is a game of follow the leader.

So what does this have to do with Real Estate?

Everything and nothing.

With all the Coaches, Top Bloggers, SEO Experts, Social Media guru's out careful which Simon you are following.

There are excellent people you can follow in all these area's of expertise. But, be sure to check out their track record or references.

I like to follow and learn from Realtors that have a good track record, meaning they sell Real Estate and a lot of it. Why would I want to play Simon Says...with someone who blogs a lot, uses Social Media a lot who isn't selling houses.

I want to know that what they are teaching me to do...comes from a good track record or business.

When I was first married, my husband and I bought a game called Simon Says, we use to play in bed at night...silly I know but we had a ton of fun. Simon Says Electric Game

Simon Says is a fun game but be careful who you follow.

Maybe it is just me, but what do you think? QR Code



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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Simon says "list more property". Okay. Simon says "post about it to broader audience beyond your hometown." Good. Now can you say blogging? Sure you can. I knew you could. Today is brought you by the letter "R" the hardest working letter in the alphabet and the number one.

Oct 02, 2010 02:36 AM #35
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Missy. Great analogy with Simon Says. In the end, who you choose to follow, put YOU in charge. YOU are your best mentor.

Oct 02, 2010 03:18 AM #36
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Hi Missy,

I have noticed loads of former Realtors and Mortgage People who have become Social Gurus! They are now telling me how I should run my business when they are no longer running the same business! I honestly feel I could leave Real Estate and go on to be a Social Guru if I spent my days in that Realm!  

It's not just on the Internet either, it's local! I see people (whom I have never heard of) teaching Social Media classes!

I would think that, at the very least, a requirement to teach Social Media would be to be able to be found (easily) on the Internet in some sort of social setting!

Simon Says, in bed? Brings up all sorts of thoughts:)

Oct 02, 2010 03:33 AM #37
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 Missy, Such a good analogy. Simon says: continue following and listening to the Missy's of the real estate world. I will!

Oct 02, 2010 03:39 AM #38
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


Before taking advice from any of the so-called coaches there are out there it's best to check on what they in fact have been successful at themselves.  Do they actually walk the real estate walk or are they just good at getting agents to part with their money for coaching?


Oct 02, 2010 07:59 AM #39
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

It seems that many people want to sell a system and have no track record of success in real estate.  Why would I want to buy THEIR system. ??

Oct 02, 2010 03:46 PM #40
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I think it's important whose advice you follow; otherwise, where will you wind up?

I loved that Simon game.

Oct 02, 2010 06:08 PM #41
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Missy!  You just won't believe this--go take a look at Lenn's re-blog that brought you to my post this morning; I just commented there!  Oddly enough, I've had the same experience with agents who are asking me for business, asking me what I do to procure biz, asking to join the team, etc. who are spending inordinate amounts of time on Twitter, FB, Foursquare, etc.  These agents have procured zero business from these platforms and have had no closings, some for over a year!  WHY do they continue to roost anywhere that isn't bringing them business?  That's just astonishing to me--as much time as I waste trying out the latest and greatest, I still put the focus on the platforms that work for me.  I HAVE to Close business at the end of the day--otherwise, no one in my family EATS!

Enjoy your Sunday...

Oct 03, 2010 04:05 AM #42
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Forgot to mention--I tried for a few days to check out Christa's site in its entirety but, it was extremely slow loading.  I would go back hours later to move to another page, just to see the masterpiece.  I love the look and feel of the site.  Anyway, I just clicked on your link and it's working fine now.  Could have been it was in the works before but, WOW, what a beautiful site!

Oct 03, 2010 04:07 AM #43
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Debe, Jeremy did it, we had some issues this week. But, it fits Christa's personality don't ya think?

Oct 03, 2010 04:58 AM #44
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

You are so right, Missy. Your advice applies to all aspects of life. If blindly following those seemingly most powerful and knowledgeable leaders were the answer, Watergate would still refer to just a hotel. One must always use common sense...and vet the source!

Oct 03, 2010 07:44 AM #45
Donna Cox
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Rand Realty - Nyack, NY

Excellent post!!

Oct 03, 2010 07:49 AM #46
Donna Paul
Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast - Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate

Missy.. Leave it to you to come up with this thought. You are a master at what you give to your business. I totally agree with Gray.. We are our BEST mentor.


Oct 03, 2010 01:35 PM #47
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Missy, I loved playing Simon says. I would take it a step further and say be careful of who you follow in life. 

Oct 04, 2010 03:03 PM #48
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

This is a huge problem...I want to redesign my website and it is just darn hard to know who exactly is the right person for that.  I have to really differentiate between their ability to talk the sale and the actual work they will do.  I think you have to be careful who you follow, who you work with, etc to be sure you are getting the best of the best.  Clever post.

Cindy in Indy

Oct 05, 2010 04:03 AM #49
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, absolutely!  I love the site!  Is she thrilled with it or what?!  I see you're using your QR code--are you tracking this at all?  Interesting concept and I'm thinking seriously of adding it to sign toppers for listings.

Take care!  OH, are you coming to Charlotte for RainCamp?  I think I could probably get the place sold out if I let folks know you're coming!  Of course, you'd have to bring your new son-in-law and beautiful daughter too!

Oct 06, 2010 04:43 PM #50
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


This is such an important topic. I watched someone learn from another on AR and then turn around and sell that knowledge to their peers in the form of coaching. Needless to say, it left me feeling quite a bit different about the person. All the coaching material came from AR. When the person started their journey on AR they knew next to nothing. One year later, and no RE Sales, this person calls themselves an expert. The question that runs through my head is this: Expert? At what? Selling knowlege that can be found for free right here on AR?

I'm sorry. The whole thing just ticks me off when I think of it. It just isn't right. What makes matters worse, at least for me, is a paper pusher toting themselves as experts. I'm an expert too when it comes to pushing paper :)


Oct 08, 2010 06:45 AM #51
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -

Agreed with TLW above! Rome wasn't built in a day and there are awesome tips here on AR.  I would say that it can all be figured out in due time!


Oct 11, 2010 03:28 AM #52
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Missy - Great points!  This is one of the primary reasons I spent so many years following Howard Brinton and his Stars of the Month.  I was actually learning from agents who were in the business overcoming the same challenges I was faced with. 

Sam Miller

Oct 11, 2010 02:43 PM #53
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Missy this is so true! There are many that never have been in the trenches but try to come across as experts.

Oct 15, 2010 01:10 AM #54
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