What's It Take to Be a Successful Agent These Days? Don't be a clown

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What's It Take to Be a Successful Agent These Days?  Don't be a clown

 

 

What's It Take to Be a Successful Agent These Days?  Don't be a clown

 

Sounds pretty simple, right?  But if it were that simple, we wouldn't encounter so many of the aforementioned clowns as we go about our daily business.

 

Above, we have serial killer John Wayne Gacy as Pogo the Clown, TV's Bozo the Clown, The Simpsons' Krusty the Clown and two guys known as Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J that comprise a group known as Insane Clown Posse.  That's Mr. 2 Dope on the left, for all concerned.

 

All of these guys were (or are) successful in their line of work or pursuits (yes, even Gacy was successful in becoming one of the most prolific killers in our nation's history)- but how would a sales deal with any of them work out?

 

This is an eclectic group of clowns, to be sure- but your everyday agent clown isn't much different.  One can (and should) do the best they possibly can for their clients in every deal and circumstance- but negotiate in bad faith?  You're a clownBroker who treats their agents unfairly- showing favoritism to some, unfair practices to others?  You're a clown, too

 

Experienced, high-earning agent with a big ol' team who can't be bothered with lending a bit of expertise and guidance to those new to the business?  Here's your red nose and big, floppy shoes.

 

You see, "successful" isn't really something you do- it's something you are.  Same with clowns- "clowning around" isn't something they do, it's who they are.  While they're great to have around at times- heck, circuses would stink without a few good clowns and McDonald's wouldn't quite be the same without its Ronald- but can successful agents be clowns as well?  Not a chance.

 

Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and word going 'round that you're always a pain to deal with will result in less folks wanting to deal with you.  Being a broker that's not supportive of and fair to your agents will lead to less agents wanting to work for you.  Being a greenhorn who refuses the advice and counsel of well-meaning, established veterans will quickly result in those veterans getting tired of offering you anything.

 

All told, there's no place for clowning around in the real estate business.  Nope- to be successful, the make-up has to come off- 'cause Homey don't play that.

What's It Take to Be a Successful Agent These Days?  Don't be a clown

 

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DENNIS B. BURGESS
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Deborah Laemmerhirt - REALTOR® Brookfield,Newtown,Roxbury,Bridgewater,Washington,Sherman
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Hi Dennis - great article!  I was just talking to an agent in my new company and this subject came up - you always know at least one (and your blog brought several to mind) and it does take away from the professionalism we work hard to maintain.  Thanks for sharing!

May 25, 2014 07:18 AM #1
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Deborah:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment and kind words.  I'm thinking a lot of folks might be able to identify someone they know who resembles at least one of the examples!

May 25, 2014 09:54 AM #2
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Melissa Zavala
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Dennis, I am laughing so hard (not at your post, but at the coincidence). My husband, who is a top-producing sales agent in our area, always talks about clowns in real estate and lending. To him, clown is like the worst offense ever. It sounds like you are two peas in the same pod. Thanks for your participation in the contest.

May 27, 2014 12:44 AM #3
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Melissa:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment and kind words.  I use the term "clowns" a lot, too- as in the primary reason I wanted to serve on our Grievance Committe when I first joined was that I'd seen a number of clowns in our business and wanted to play at least some small part in helping our profession rid itself of them!

Clowns is actually a tamer perjorative, I suppose- for though I (seriously) haven't uttered a curse word in over 25 years, I did have a stretch of time when I probably used the terms "dirtbag" and "maggot" a bit more often than I should've:).

Thank you for hosting/moderating/judging(?) this contest- it's actually put the idea of doing one of mine own in my head, so I'll have to see if I can make that happen!

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