A Real Estate Career Can Be Isolating Rely on Your Fellow Agents

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group S-96414

A Real Estate Career Can Be Isolating   Rely on Your Fellow Agents

Sounds kind of crazy doesn't it?   A real estate career, Isolating.    Kind of flies in the face of what we do.   After all, we meet, we greet and we talk.  All day.  

But I believe that over the course of my career, the profession has, with the change in office structure and technology, become more isolating.    networking

The sharing of ideas and solutions once common place is now something that one has to seek out.  

Gone are the days when the broker/owner advertised listings that came into the office making it necessary for a Realtor to physically man the phones or the front desk in hopes of securing a buyer for a property or obtaining a new listing.      Today folks inquire about property by calling a cell number that is answered directly by the listing agent or team, or in even more cases an inquiry is sent by email or text.   No need for those agents sit at a desk waiting for the office phone to ring.    That means less office time and less face to face time with other Realtors.

Gone too are the days when agents flocked to the office in order to be the first to pick up the MLS "book" or to use a computer in order to keep abreast of the current inventory.    With the progression of technology came less need for agents to "preview" homes in a caravan.     All this eliminates the face to face interaction among agents.

Back in the day, these scenarios led to the networking of agents and the sharing of ideas or solutions to problems. 

Today's real estate agent works very hard at securing new business and keeping old clients.     But they do it in different ways.    Many, like myself work from a home office a lot of the time.   When not doing that, we are out on appointments with buyer and seller clients.    We spend little time with other agents unless we are involved in a transaction or promoting a cobroke.

With the excellent technology that we have today, the opportunity to meet with agents on a less formal basis has dwindled.

While we have become somewhat more isolated from face to face, day to day dealings with other agents, it is important to foster a network of agents that one can rely on.

 

Enlisting the advice or relying on the experience of another in your network is smart business.    It can be invaluable when looking to solve a problem or a help to simply cement your own ideas.    

Networking.. is not just for referrals!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Nancy.  Good point and suggestion.  I took my CEU's on line this year.   Easy and in pajama's kind of thing.. but missing a lot of important interaction! 

Apr 13, 2013 10:25 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Pat.   I love working from home.  I see that you hosted a AR meet up from yours and  by the looks of the pic's I would never want to leave your home ever!   Beautiful surroundings!!!

Apr 13, 2013 10:29 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ron.  You are lucky to have a great office and support system.   Thanks!

Apr 13, 2013 10:30 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Christine.  I wish you and I  worked in the same office!!!

Apr 13, 2013 10:31 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Charita.    Sometimes, I really miss the  "old days".  :)  

Apr 13, 2013 10:32 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Gary.   Interesting how things have evolved isn't it?   I too wonder what is in store for us!!

Apr 13, 2013 10:33 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Sheri.   We don't have office meetings but do have classes if one wants to get involved.  Really a good plan.  

I love, love, love Sedona.    On a cross country trip with my brother and sister in law in their single engine Cessna, we flew into the Sedona Airport.   It was so special!!!   That airport is on what I think you call a Mesa?   Fun, fun fun!!!  Luck you!!!

 

Apr 13, 2013 10:38 AM #34
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Chris Ann.     I found AR and was lucky to find you.     Thanks for being part of the best support system known to Realtors!!

Apr 13, 2013 10:43 AM #35
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Chris Ann.   TY!!!

Apr 13, 2013 10:43 AM #36
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ed.  I know.  Who would have known so many years ago that this would have existed.   I feel that everyone should take advantage of all that AR has to offer!

Apr 13, 2013 10:44 AM #37
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

We certainly do spend less time with other agents.  Sometimes, I see the "other agent" for the first time at closing!  It is a new world.

Apr 13, 2013 01:06 PM #38
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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I think you make a good point. While many people work from home, it is a good idea to try and get to the office meetings and caravans and other networking events in order to garnish support and make yourself known.

Apr 13, 2013 11:39 PM #39
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Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

It is best to make an effort to get to know your fellow agents. You will probably do business with them some day and that will help a lot if you get into difficult transaction

Apr 14, 2013 01:23 AM #40
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
One of the reasons I LOVE my office & broker is the sharing we have in the office, it's fabulous!
Apr 14, 2013 03:50 AM #41
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal, 

I hope you folks had a great weekend and that your business is doing well this spring. 

Apr 15, 2013 05:38 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal,

 

I jusy wanted to check on you folks to see if everything is OK. It struck me tesyerday taht I needed to see if you folks were involved in the Marathon in any shape or form? I hope all of your family is fine. 

Apr 17, 2013 06:57 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal, 

Just stopping by to see how everything is going and I amsure all who live in the Bostoon area are relieved these two murderers are off the street. 

Apr 20, 2013 07:08 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal, 

thanks for your Emails and all folks across this nation were rooting for the entire Boston community all last week. Take care.. 

Apr 24, 2013 08:03 AM #45
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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Your post is a great summary that explains the changes in the real estate business. I have had an office within a beautiful KW office and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction every day with others in the office.

Now I work from my home office and I like that now.

We have to make the shift and roll with it if we want to be successful.

The Active Rain community is helping me deal with the decrease in personal interaction.

Yea for AR!

 

Apr 24, 2013 02:29 PM #46
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Cal.

You think the Realty agents life is a lonely one. Try being a home inspector. You have to make every single person in the transaction happy. If you don't n many cases  "YOU ARE THE SCAPEGOAT" This will not matter who's fault it is. If I find something then it's good for the buyer but bad for the seller. Then the agent has work to do by trying to negotiate a settled deal.

And the list goes on and on. It sure is lonely at the top. :-)

Have a wonderful day in Franklin, Ma.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 29, 2013 03:38 AM #47
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