A real estate dilemma... Proper communication in real estate business... or any business!
I was just reading a post by Jason Crouch, who is the owner of a real estate brokerage in Austin, Texas. Jason's post is titled "How to properly leave a brokerage-Am I wrong to expect a call?" Jason was discussing the reasons why REALTORS® choose to leave one brokerage and move to another. But he was most puzzled by why some agents just transfer their real estate licenses, without even having the courtesy of having a conversation with their soon-to-be previous broker.
- If you're not in the industry, just in case you're not aware of the procedures, real estate agents and REALTORS® are independent contractors, not employees, and as such, if one desires to leave a brokerage and move to another, all they need to do is transfer their license, using one simple form.
After reading Jason's post, as I was typing in a comment, I realized I should just share something my parents experienced when they were in full-time ministry. This was a lesson in communication, that my mother learned the hard way.
When I was younger, my father began pastoring a church here in Central Florida. Although my dad had been a guest speaker at this church on many occasions, he had just begun officially pastoring there, so my parents didn't know all of the members of the congregation. As you know, the job of a pastor is to "shepherd the flock", but to do so, you have to really get to know the people. So the people who did know my parents pretty well, took it upon themselves to have several pot luck dinners and other such typical church gatherings, to show their support of my parents, and encourage the other church members to get to know my parents.
Fairly early on, some of the long-time church congregants came to my mother about one woman who was doing a lot of griping and complaining. So my mom started going out of her way to always ask this woman how she was doing and make small talk, and be encouraging to her. And the woman would always act like everything was just fine, and never tell my mother any of the things she was saying to other people in the church.
Well, my mother always taught me that pretty much anything can be worked out through open communication. So my mom finally decided to pay this woman a house call, where they could talk privately, in a non-confrontational manner, in the comfort of this woman's own home. So my mom brought over a vase of flowers and some home-baked goodies and stopped by for a chat.
To make a long story short, the woman talked about everything BUT her complaints. She would only make small talk and not discuss anything more. So my mom finally asked her in a more direct manner, if she had any problems with the changes that had been made at the church, and assured her that it was OK for her to say whatever was on her mind. But the woman denied having any issues at all! She continued pretending everything was fine... but never came back to the church!
My mom told me this story because she wanted me to understand that some people can't handle confrontation, even when it's not really confrontation. (I've since then experienced a similar situation with someone who was a friend, that I never would have guessed was petrified of even the slightest confrontation!) Some of us are direct and to-the-point and wish people would just get to the point and say what they mean! But there are people who will never tell you what they're really thinking, not matter how you approach them.
In Jason's case, as he is wondering why some agents leave a real estate brokerage without ever having the courtesy to discuss their reasons for leaving, I can't speak for Jason, but from my perspective, that may not even be a confrontation. I left a brokerage last year and just walked into my manager's office and told him I was leaving. I gave him my 2 main reasons and said that any other reasons were minor and not even worth mentioning, and that I had no real problems with any of the people. And I told him my reasons for transferring to the new brokerage. The entire conversation may have lasted 10 minutes. And I frequently stop by now, just to socialize with all the friends I made there over the years.
Like Jason, I can't understand why some people have so much trouble just speaking their minds. But I guess those same people can't understand how I can be so direct. I frequently make jokes with the people who know me, that I am the voice of what everyone else is thinking, but afraid to say. LOL! And I suspect that it's people with the direct personalities who get the most frustrated with the ones who beat around the bush, or are never able to have an open conversation. I can only guess at how shy people feel, since I've NEVER been even remotely shy.
I would say Viva la Difference! But as Jason said, because a REALTOR® had left his brokerage without the courtesy of even a small conversation, that bridge is burned. If you're one of the people who finds it difficult to discuss your issues with others, if I may, let me offer a tidbit of advice from the proverbial Sales 101 handbook. If you're thinking of the next phone call or meeting or appointment as a problem or a confrontation, you're more likely to handle it wrong. But if you look at it as an opportunity to solve a problem, or even better yet, if you look at it as just a conversation, or brainstorming session, it opens your mind up to an easy dialogue. And that's my 2 cents =)
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