Does your office learn and have this much fun at the same time??

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

Coldwell Banker United RealtorsOur Broker Vanessa Bivens (who by the way was recognized by Platinum Top 50 as the manager of the year) strives to nurture her agents; always providing them with the best tools for practicing real estate and creating an unrivaled work environment! She leads by example.


She instituted a contest running since February (sounds like Active Rain doesn’t it…..great motivator). It was called the Lucky Listing Contest . Like any contest points are involved (AR peeps you should be familiar with that)! Points were issued for listing appointments, open houses, mailing campaigns and other listing activities. For a fitting ending it was over on Saint Patrick’s Day! (We all got the message….get our butts out there and get those listings).

Coldwell Banker United NW Lucky Listing Contest Results

A drawing was held at our sales meeting and the lucky winner won an iPad Retina Display (courtesy of Coldwell Banker Mortgage - thank you very much CT). Cool huh!! Jane Sanford was the lucky recipient!!


They had other drawings for gas cards (which we can always use ) and Lili Maliner was one of the lucky names drawn! Way to go Lili!!


We had a great meeting, breakfast brought in for us and after property tour lunch served by Carla Mitchell with DR Horton who came to tell us about a fantastic new inner Austin community called “Crestview City Homes”. So excited to learn about it firsthand! I’m going to be making time to check it out.


Oh did I forget to mention Vanessa talked at our meeting about working with lenders and appraisers in a seller’s market?  She had attended a luncheon where the panel of both entities spoke and her overview was very enlightening!


We learned a lot, enjoyed breakfast and lunch, networked among each other and even had the chance to win some great prizes! It doesn’t get any better that this!! Might be a reason I’ve supported and valued my office since 1995…….you think?!


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Joe,

It's amazing how laughter is good for the soul or an office!!

Mar 23, 2013 11:14 PM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Michael,

You are right about that!

Mar 23, 2013 11:14 PM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Rob,

That is so important!

Mar 23, 2013 11:15 PM #13
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Bobbie,

It is a win/win for all!

Mar 23, 2013 11:15 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Smart managers do add some fun to their office contests.  Thanks for sharing this story.

Have an outstanding week!

Mar 23, 2013 11:15 PM #15
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Cool contest...........congratulations to the winners.

Mar 23, 2013 11:41 PM #16
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, that does sound like a great way to get everyone all fired up and get out and get homes listed!  Congrats to Jane!

Mar 23, 2013 11:49 PM #17
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It sounds like you have a great broker. I think it's great she offered these incentives. Last year my broker did something similar. We got 200 hundred dollars for each new listing. That was a lot of fun.

Mar 24, 2013 12:25 AM #18
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dorie -- breakfast, prizes, information, lunch, points, tour of new listings, presentation by a builder. St Patrick's Day, a good and proactive manager --- sounds like there is a lot happening in your office.    

Mar 24, 2013 01:22 AM #19
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Office contests are fun, and motivating. Of course, that's the whole point! It's a wonder why more companies do not do them.

Mar 24, 2013 04:09 AM #20
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Congratulations to you for picking the best manager to work for, and it is always a pleasure to hear about outstanding management...Very smart lady you have in Vanessa. A

Mar 24, 2013 05:00 AM #21
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Dorie, you have a great office and brfoker who cares about the agents....I like the idea of a contest.

Mar 24, 2013 06:15 AM #22
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Dori~ Certainly nothing like a little competition to get people working! It works for me as I like to win ;)

Mar 24, 2013 06:34 AM #23
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I've said it before, you work in a great office, you lucky girl.

Mar 24, 2013 07:12 AM #24
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Dorie, You are blessed to work in an office like this. They are not all that way. It makes for a happy work environment.

Mar 24, 2013 11:52 AM #25
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Nothing like working with a great manager Dorie and a great bunch of associates...

Mar 24, 2013 11:58 AM #26
Erin Bates
CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services - Aurora, CO

Sounds like you have a wonderful work environment and team supporting you. That is always something to be grateful for! Happy Sunday!

Mar 24, 2013 12:57 PM #27
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Dorie, AS I started to read this I was thinking iPad and sure enough there was one. It is a great motivator. Sounds like a great office.
Mar 24, 2013 03:40 PM #28
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Dorie Your office does sound like a great place to work.  The manager usually set the tone and Vanessa knows how to do it.

Mar 24, 2013 04:03 PM #29
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Dorie.  Vanessa is a smart motivator.  Contests bring out the competitive juices in us.

Mar 24, 2013 09:00 PM #30
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