Lessons from Doctor Who, Marty McFly or the 10 Year Old Realtor

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services 0514644

Donald Trump said, “If you take care of the downside, the upside will take care of itself.” I think he meant have a Plan B. Know where the pitfalls are so you can grab a rope and swing across to success. This post is sort-of a Dear Kristen letter from the ten year old Broker to the Newbie Realtor. Put your shades on, Miss Newbie, it's reach back in time time to let you know what to do for a brighter tomorrow!

Doctor Who in Keller, Texas

 

Kristen’s Short List of Rookie Realtor Rules 101:

A mini crash course in real estate for Newbies

Lest you walk out of the restroom with your skirt stuck in your tights

 

  

Plan your work and work your plan – Don’t wait for year five to breakout that white board and write out goals and visualize your clients sold. Do it sooner. Write a business plan. Continue to use it and grow it. Your goal board needs to be on the other side of the room, by the way, not behind the door, out of sight, out of mind, just so your office looks cleaner and neater with it poked behind the door playing peek-a-boo. That’s silly. Get your hands covered in dry erase marker a lot faster and a lot more often! Keep it alive!

Use your resources – These title companies are aching to host you for class, teach you things. Learn all they have and you will have business to reciprocate their way faster. Your manager has a pile of stationery in there no one is using because everyone is emailing. Grab it. Dust it off. Mail it out. Your office offers it. What they don’t offer, ask the manager if she will mail it for you. Use the free resources at your fingertips. Normally I would never advise someone to be a mooch, but be a mooch, Dear. It will pay you both back.

Grow big ears – God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason. Listen. The offices around you leave their doors open a lot. Realtors are not necessarily quiet, by nature, so listen and learn all you can in the first two years before you become a big girl broker and move out of the house. Lorraine will give you a deal just because she’s too busy and Barbara will send you to a house where a dude whips out half-a-mil cash. It isn't typically nice to eavesdrop, but be "available" because it will help you and the too-busy-agent, both, if you are around to pick up her juggled dropped balls.

Internet – You were the first in your office to subscribe to Realtor.com featured listings before your big brand office did, and then what? 10 years later you created a YouTube channel and today you can't remember the password to post one! Honey!

Wait... I just jumped right into the present, didn’t I? Too much Doctor Who around here. I promise if I weren’t typing this post so early in the morning with no makeup on, I would post my first video now. It just moved to #1 on the goal board - webcam!

Top 10 Rookie Mistakes I (Wish I Never) Made

Left the office. Left the lockbox keycard on the charger.

Left the office with the lockbox entrycard. But it's not updated/charged.

Left the office without my cell phone.

Opened the door. Left the showing instructions to the alarm code in the car. It's set.

Opened the door. Left the key somewhere inside. Where?

Opened the door. Cat escaped.

Opened the door. Didn't announce presence. Someone's in the house. Asleep. Half-naked.

Picked up buyer client. Didn't map out directions where to go. Before Nav systems.

Arrived at seller's house. Forgot listing presentation printed on desk. Before iPads.

Used the restroom. Forgot to check if there was water on first. Oh $#!%

Posted by

Kristen Correa Real Estate

Comments (23)

Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Kristen, I think we've all done those oops at least once. It's all a learning process. Thank you for your post today,

Apr 08, 2013 04:36 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Hi Pamela, yes, yes. Everyone is new once! Key: move from that spot! Move far, far forward!

Apr 08, 2013 04:39 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great pearls of wisdom.  Thanks for Sharing this.  I would love to reblog this one.

Take care,

 

Ginger

Apr 08, 2013 05:26 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Ginger, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Apr 08, 2013 05:28 AM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Kristen - Loved your top 10 mistakes, been there, done that, and it really made me laugh.  Great advice!

Apr 08, 2013 05:31 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Laura, I still panic when a buyer asks me suddenly, "Can we ride in my car, I have my baby in her car seat asleep..." My thought bubble and blank stare is saying, "Do I have my supra? Grab some TP. But I have it programmed in my Nav system. Oh just get the file, Kristen. I can't do this without my car-office!"

Apr 08, 2013 05:43 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

One knows that they have reached veteran status when they have forgotten their lockbox key.  It happens to everybody-- once!  Another lesson learned.

Apr 08, 2013 06:14 AM
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area

Lots of laughs from the top 10! Thanks for this. Have a wonderful monday!

Apr 08, 2013 06:35 AM
Mike Crosby
Mike Crosby Realty - Placentia, CA
Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897

Kristen, thanks for the post.  Any post with a Doctor Who reference is a good post.   I like the advice "use your resourses".  

Apr 08, 2013 07:00 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Gary, at least once. Maybe twice. But who's counting?

Trisha, it is funny, in hindsight.

Mike, Dr. Who? That's our one and only family TV time.

Apr 08, 2013 07:40 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Kristen - your list of mistakes sounds like my week last week :) Great that you can look back and learn from your mistakes!

Apr 08, 2013 07:51 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Hi Jean Marie and Wayne. Glad you got a kick out of it. Now, where did I put my sunglasses? Oh, yea, they're on my head.

Apr 08, 2013 07:56 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Thank you for creating the contest, Erica. It's a fun one I hope we can all laugh about and learn from! Enjoying all the posts!

Apr 08, 2013 10:19 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Your 10 Rookie Mistakes were a delight to read...well at least now they are. If we only had a crystal ball!

Apr 08, 2013 10:50 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Kristen, you are too funny. Some great tips here. I think everyone is getting a real education from this contest.

Apr 08, 2013 11:13 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Sheila and Larry - thanks! I know I am getting a big thrill out of reading the contest entries for this one, too! Funny to reflect on those "first times" on so many things!

Apr 08, 2013 11:01 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Tammie, we certainly are! Really funny recollections here!

Apr 08, 2013 11:02 PM
EMILIA B COOPER, REALTOR® SFR.NCHSE.AHWD
LAROSA REALTY - Orlando, FL
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

Kristen, I love your blog post...Lol with your Top 10 Rookie Mistakes!! I also learned a lot with you!

Thank you very much!

Apr 09, 2013 09:23 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I like your tips for success Kristen, I need to use my whiteboards more, I generally keep all of my plans on the computer and a white board may make it a lot more difficult to ignore.

Apr 11, 2013 12:50 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Emilia, love your name! Thanks for the comment. I am glad you enjoyed it!

Bob, YES it's hard to ignore if placed just right (not behind the door or on a hard drive!)

Apr 12, 2013 11:36 AM