To Help or not to Help...is it really a question?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Access

 

To Help or not to Help…it is really a question?

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The last few days, I have been thinking a lot about helping others.  I’m not talking about the help thy neighbor, friend or person in need kind of help.  It goes without saying that we should all be engaging in that kind of help.

 

The help I am referring to is helping other professionals in our industry.  Do you help other REALTORS®, mortgage professionals, stagers, inspectors, etc.?  I ask this question because I am lucky enough to be surrounded by folks who are very generous with their tips and suggestions for success, as well as their support and encouragement.  Some are in my office and many are in other cities and states.  I have had the good fortune of connecting with them on sites like this very one, Facebook and Twitter. 

 

For example, the other day I received some very good advice on using graphics and “eye candy” in my blogs from an agent I admire http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyzwideshut/4013867814/sizes/s/in/photostream/here in the rain and have connected with on Facebook.  I also spent some time with an agent in my office who shared with me her market report strategies (she is great at graphs and data).  A third agent sends me kind reminders to get off my butt and work, work, work every week (in other words, he holds me accountable).  These are just a few examples of the kind of help I am talking about.  While I am no expert in anything, I love to offer my knowledge and support whenever I can to other folks who may want it or need it. 


In my former life as a teacher, we were always collaborating and sharing ideas.  It made us better teachers and in turn improved the education we provided to our students.  I really don’t see why the real estate industry can’t be a little more like this.


Now don’t go all type A competitor on me, I am as competitive as the next guy.  I am by no means advocating that you should call up your local competitor and share all your secrets with him/her.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5041738205/sizes/s/in/photostream/What I am saying is that sometimes we get more by giving than getting.  Is it really going to hurt your business to help the REALTOR® who lives 300 miles away from you?  Or that guy in your office who has had to spend the week in the hospital with his sick mother in law?  Or that new agent who is barely keeping her head above water? I really think not, in fact in my personal opinion, I think it is likely to help you.  Who are you more likely to send a referral to when you aren’t available or the client is out of your market?  The guy/gal who is the multi-bazillion dollar producer or the one that took a few minutes out of his/her day to lend you a hand, an ear or a shoulder. 

 

I know my choice, how ‘bout you?

 

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Rainer
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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

What goes around comes around!

If you have a reputation as a helper, it can only help your business. But if you have a reputation as someone who does NOT help . . . . .

Nov 03, 2011 04:17 PM #22
Rainmaker
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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Great post Jeanna!  I am one of the older Agents in my office. I may not have more years of Real Estate experience, but I have a LOT of life experiences that the younger folks don't have. I am eager to share my stories, especially the funny ones.

Nov 03, 2011 04:31 PM #24
Rainer
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Jim Hanson
Hanson Home Inspections LLC - Bettendorf, IA
CPI, Bettendorf, Iowa Home Inspector

Great feature post!  I have to agree 100% with Donald...what goes around comes around. We've all needed advice or encouragement at some point in our lives.  Why not use your knowledge and experience to help someone else....it's a no-brainer.

Nov 03, 2011 04:56 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Nice job, Jeanna. I like to help others because it just makes me feel good. So you could say I do it for me, too.

Nov 03, 2011 05:50 PM #26
Rainer
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Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

I couldn't agree more with you here! I know I am shocked at home many people on AR have gone out of their way to help me without knowing me from Adam! I know there are a couple that have my undying devotion for the time that they put into me! This really is a great community to belong to!

Nov 03, 2011 06:04 PM #27
Rainer
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Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Excellent words to live by. Helping others without expectation of getting anything in return pays back in ways you never dreamed of and at times when you seem to really need it most. If you come from a place of generosity, you really can't go wrong.

Nov 04, 2011 12:14 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Glad to know you are out there!! More people need to be nice!

Nov 04, 2011 12:54 AM #29
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

You are a good role model for all of us in ActiveRain. . I know of a few people that need to read this post

Nov 04, 2011 01:38 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeanna, I agree! Helping other people through mentoring always seems to provide a lot of personal satisfaction.

Nov 04, 2011 01:56 AM #31
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Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

I agree, Jeanna. Helping one another should be a natural inclination.

Nov 04, 2011 03:11 AM #32
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Stephanie Stringer
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764 - San Antonio, TX
Mortgage Loan Originator

Jenna- Love the post and congrats on the feature!  I always choose to help others in my field.  Being in the mortgage business it is very competitive and many loan officers feel to keep their marketing secrets and knowledge of loan products to themselves.   I've been one that does not mind sharing my thought on successful marketing campaigns and I don't mind assisting others on the different loan programs out there.  I feel when I help others that I will be rewarded down the road.  Plus, it's the right thing to do!

Nov 04, 2011 03:12 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In all my transactions, the dynamics in your post are triggered. I give as well as receive professionally and I learn quite a bit each time I enter a deal...Life is so good. I love the way you can learn as you go allowing us to sample the results right there and then....wow!  Good post and host thank you Little Jenna

Nov 04, 2011 03:37 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Jeanna Martinez
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX

Dick - that is so very true...most people will genuinely appreciate your help and all the others are worth the time worrying about!

Bill and Liz - I could not have said it better myself!

Coral - sounds just like my office! and Thank you =)

J. Philip - Thank you and I have definitely found that Active rain is stocked full of givers!!

Kay - a little competition is definitely nothing to be afraid of!

Mike - I love Zig Zigglar...such a great motivator!!

Barbara - Thank you so much and yep it certainly does come back unexpectedly and usually 10 fold!

Susan - I still consider myself a newbie and I have received so much support from other.  I try to pass it on whenever I can and I hope I never quit learning new stuff!!

Peter and Linda - sounds like an awesome attitude to have!

Nov 04, 2011 05:51 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Jeanna Martinez
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX

Joan - no doubt it makes us all better professionals!

Angel Realty - thank you and yep...I go with collaboration every time!

Christine - yes it sure does!

Jayne - I find that when I'm helping others I am much better myself! =)

Karen - yep, the help can come in many different forms and fashions!

Lynda - thank you very much and I couldn't agree more!

Donald - Yes and I would much rather be known as a helper than a you know what!

Erica - that was so nice of you and she obviously took it as help and appreciated it rather than going on the defense!

John - thank you!  Life experience definitely goes a long way!

Jim - thank you and I certainly think it is a no brainer too =)

 

Nov 04, 2011 05:59 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Jeanna Martinez
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX

Sandy - Thank you very much and it is amazing how good it feels to help someone else, right??

Rosalie - I know I would not be where I am without several key folks many of whom I met here on Active Rain!

Charlie - What a great philosophy!! If only more people thought that way!

Janis - thank you!  Yes they do =)

Fernando - thank you so much! 

Michael - I hope to be a great mentor one day too!

Maria - Yes it should...

Stephanie - Thank you!  That is definitely my attitude too!!

Richie - I agree 100% and thank you for the compliment and the comment!

Nov 04, 2011 06:05 AM #37
Rainmaker
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John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

WATCH OUT!!! Jeanna (jenna... kidding) is back to blogging and BAM gets the FEATURED STAR!!  Awesome!  I personally have no issue sharing ideas. I have a lot of good friends that are Loan Officers. We talk about marketing all the time and ideas about how to help each other. We actually have tossed around the idea of doing video blogs together. We will see how it goes, but definitely share ideas with each other.

Nov 04, 2011 06:56 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Jenna

I am truly perplexed how some in our profession, several who are really good agents, still won't call you back or return your email for several days. I have always found if you give you will get back. This goes for helping everyone, appraisers, title people etc. and even when I get a walk-in at my office looking only for a rental I try to help. Who knows, someday they may be a buyer and remember your act of kindness.

Courtesy rules!!

Nov 04, 2011 06:58 AM #39
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David O'Doherty
Raleigh Realty Inc - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

Jeanna, It's true, when I first started on AR I would never share anything with agents in my office, and then read a post from someone and realized all these agents were helping me and I wasn't going to spread it around! Since then I help anyone who asks and now go out of my way to recommend AR

Nov 04, 2011 08:56 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Jeanna:

One of the best things about ActiveRain is the helpfulness of Rainers.  All you have to do is ask and you get lots of responses.  As for my office, we often bounce a problem one of us is having off each other.  In fact our broker and most agents in our office get together once a month over lunch to discuss problems, trends we are seeing and anything else bothering us. It is a great for all of us and we come away feeling that the time was wisely spent.

Nov 04, 2011 12:14 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Of course: help! share:)

If you take 20 realtors with the same techniques and 'tricks'- results always will be different~ it is how we apply our knowledge, isn't it?

Once, I went to a Tom Ferry workshop and he suggested to keep an 'achievement/prospecting board on a desk, the realtor behind me said: 'but they will still what I do and my clients!'~~~'steal'? I was really surprised to hear that...

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