I was at a local board of realtor's event last week, I get the opportunity to meet a lot of people and learn some new things about our business and how the other agents in my area are doing.
I am the president of the Society of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and our group was making margaritas and for the attendees as a pre-cocktail hour. There is a really good young agent in my group, this agent is new to the business but in my opinion has the potential to be a power agent in the future, this agent has all the tools, great personality, ethics, and most of all cares about the business.
I hapen to meet someone from the office where this agent works maybe the office manager or associate broker, and he was talking to someone from the board of realtors that was standing next to me about this agent. This is what I heard " We are keeping this agent busy transalting for us"
I took ofense to that, in my opinion all real estate agents are our own business owners and we are not employees of the company nor the broker, in my office the only employees are my salary assistants and my office manager. And to make things worst instead of trying to guide this new agent to grow as a real estate agent, for that company the Hispanic agent is just a translator for the current big agents.
Later I spoke with my friend from the local board about the conversation and she was in agreement with me, she told me that some older agents haven't change with the times and they are still narrow minded. I felt really bad for the new agent, because as a new agent in our business this agent has a lot of excitment and energy, and it is a shame that some brokerage is not able to guide new agents and help them grow as real estate professionals, but rather just use then as auxilary un-paid staff.