It takes a village to develop a good REALTOR
When I was just starting out as a REALTOR, I was fortunate enough that the company I worked with sponsored several classes offered by our affiliates. But being book smart is different from being street smart, and that’s where experience can make a difference.
After getting that license, there is more to being a REALTOR than just passing the test. Every day and every situation was and still is a learning experience. We just continue to grow, and grow, and grow.
Observing people in the office, we knew the people who were truly knowledgeable and helpful to us newbies. We had a ton of questions. Even though we knew how to write contracts, there were other things we were still learning how to do, and situations we were learning how to address. There is not a single book that has all the answers. So we turned to the experienced and kind pros for help.
Yes, there may have been one or two curmudgeons who weren’t inclined to help since they considered us newbies as competition. But the helpful ones who willingly mentored us were in the majority.
I once asked an agent why she was spending so much time teaching us newbies….and she said, very warmly and sincerely “When you look good, we look good.”
Since then, I have tried to do the same to my co-workers, and have offered and given assistance in areas where I can.
Yes, I can see why paying it forward works very well. Because when my co-workers look good, we ALL look good to our customer base, and the circles of friends and associates that grow geometrically.
I must say that the Active Rain Staff and Community is a HUGE circle of helpful friends who also provide guidance on how we can best contribute to this community. Kudos to all of you.
Thanks to all who help and continue to help.