Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-How many hats do you wear as a realtor?

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How many hats do you wear as a realtor?  Let’s see:


·        Marketing Genius

·        Professional Photographer

·        Therapist

·        Secretary

·        Juggler

·        Professional Organizer

·        Stager

·        Mind Reader

·        Numbers Analyst

·        Ethical Human Being (in theory)

·        Business Owner/Manager

·        Self-Employer

·        SEO Expert

·        Techno-Geek

·        Parent (sometimes when they are your clients’ children)

·        Economist

·        Futurist

·        Occasional Quasi Lawyer

·        Writer

  • Animal Handler


And this, of course, doesn’t take into consideration that you have a LIFE outside of real estate.


This was just off the top of my head  (sorry for the bad pun). What would YOU add to the list?


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Dominique Britton Realty LLC - 678.250.5022 - Buford, GA
Experience the Difference in Real Estate Services

Oh my gosh Gayle, this is so true!

Mar 29, 2012 12:45 AM #45
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Gaylefriend*snap*, I think you missed comedian, because you have to use your humour to diffuse some situations too! Congrats on the feature!

Mar 29, 2012 01:04 AM #46
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

So many different skills we have to bring to the table, I agree that counselor can sometimes be one of the hardest hats to wear during a transaction.

Mar 29, 2012 01:52 AM #47
Reba Haas
Team Reba of RE/MAX Metro Eastside - Bellevue, WA
Team Reba, CDPE

I'd say it's worthwhile to take photographer off the list and delegate that out to a professional. I've been doing it for years and it makes a huge difference in the listings as compared to my competition who don't do so.

Mar 29, 2012 02:11 AM #48
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

I'd add contractor.  Often times I'm asked my opinion on what should be done to a house.  While I do have construction experience it's difficult sometimes to give accurate advice.

Mar 29, 2012 02:33 AM #49
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I'd add negotiator, communicator and educator. Love your sense of humor, Gayle! Your pun went over my head.

Mar 29, 2012 02:44 AM #50
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Marte~Marketing Genious, Sales Professional...just a turn of phrase that means we work damned hard on advertising/selling ourselves!

Than~Sadly, that is what kind of naive attitude people have about this business and why some feel the silly urge to get into it...because of all of that money we make. And that's why so many have left, because you work sometimes for months for no money at all. Separates the men from the boys. I'm a man, did I mention that??

Angie~ cute!! True!

Vicki~I love my job, TOO. And most of the time feel darned lucky to be able to ride the wave.

Gabe~I always enjoy your take on things.

Cheryl~Thanks for the re-blog--I'll have to go over and say it in person. I just learned about the green dots under "reblog" thanks to Richard Yates' explanation about Re-blogs in a recent feature that he has, too! (I didn't know til Dorie mentioned it....) And, yes it was meant for a chuckle along with a nod.

Dorie~You didn't really miss it as I only did it late afternoon yesterday--and THANKS for letting me know about the re-blog-woo hoo!

Michael~hopefully we never have to add Priest to this list.

Oh, Ellie, been there, I feel your pain! (Sometimes you wonder why couples are still together).

Richie~I even thought of more after posting this!

Rich~What I have found is that with the "rich" history of jobs I've had, from actress to construction worker (and beyond), along with 20+ sales jobs, it all adds up to the fact that I can pretty much talk with anyone and have something in common. Rocket scientist--maybe not--but who knows, maybe they enjoy photography??


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Mar 29, 2012 02:57 AM #51
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dominique~sadly least we're not surgeons, so we don't get blamed for killing someone.

*Peg*-in an earlier comment, I told Gary Woltal I was thinking "stand up comic", but somehow that wasn't quite the right verbiage. I totally agree, and humor can be disarming.

Morgan~yup, counselor, therapist, psychologist, hand-holder. So many ways to say "get this thing to CLOSING" without committing mass genocide or hari kari!

Now, Reba, the photography for me is one of the best parts.

Bryan~I was trying to figure out how to put my own twist on Angie's List in there, too.

Pamela~you are too funny--nice one--off the top of your head! (I recently heard an interesting discussion on NPR about punning and how popular it used to be, but isn't as favorable anymore. The Champion Punster was being interviewed).


Mar 29, 2012 03:03 AM #52
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Gayle - so funny, but so true! You can apply that to staging too - shocking the things people will tell you about their personal lives! Sometimes I really don't know what to say - me! Congrats on the feature GF!

Mar 29, 2012 03:36 AM #53
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Kris~I thought of you when I wrote "Stager", because most of the time, realtors really ought to leave it up to you professionals, but you know me, I LOVE that part if I have something to work with. And YUP, amazing the true colors that come out in people when you are in their homes or looking for one. I watch and see how people treat each other and think to myself, do I really WANT these people as my neighbors?

Mar 29, 2012 04:20 AM #54
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Eileen~Oh,'s a layering process. I'm working on a new easement, survey, recording of such, how much each party will pay, blahblahblah.

Another one  currently, is the private well, that's not located on the actual property being purchased but IS located on the property of the cash buyer next door! (there's no spot for that on the Earnest Money Agreement, even though those papers are ridiculously too much as it is.) Addendum, addendum.

Mar 29, 2012 04:39 AM #55
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

It seems with every transaction there is always something else you become an expert on.  One deal you become an expert on everything about repairing Viking stoves or the next you know about local sound ordinances. 

Mar 29, 2012 04:41 AM #56
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Fun post Gayle - definitely brought a smile as I read through your bullet points. You pretty much covered them all...only thing I'd add is: Professional "To-Do" List Manager!

Mar 29, 2012 05:26 AM #57
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Gayle, I think you may have gotten all of them. LOL. I have to admit I getting a bit tired of wearing the economist and futurist hats. 

Mar 29, 2012 06:07 AM #58
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

How about chauffeur  and driver.  Sometimes we have to wear a few different hats at the same time.

Mar 29, 2012 01:13 PM #59
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Gayle I love this list!  I find that we are also great mediators.

Mar 29, 2012 04:57 PM #60
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Charlie~glad I could make you smile in the midst of all that we try to do all at the same time.

Adrian~maybe I should add                 Fortune Teller!

Margaret~you're right, and sometimes it's like "Driving Miss Crazy".....

Sharon~oh, my YES! Mediation is my middle name as I usually represent both sellers and the buyers in my transactions.

Mar 30, 2012 01:55 AM #61
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Another baseball hat day in the Northwest - sigh! ;)

Mar 30, 2012 02:44 AM #62
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

Mommy, Daddy, Auntie Mame, Guido the Enforcer, Regan (Exorcist)...the list is endless.

Mar 31, 2012 11:32 PM #63
John Fauth
Coldwell Banker King Thompson - Grove City, OH
Turning your dreams into an address!

I think mind reader would cover anything not listed but this is a great list!

Apr 02, 2012 02:26 AM #64
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