I started a series of tips for newbies a few months ago, and my intention was to write a new blog every week. Well, in between making a bunch of clients happy, training a new agent, and training a new assistant, I've been busy.
This week's tip is about building a team.
No, I'm not talking about a giant team of agents that are going to dominate your market, I'm talking about a supporting cast.
Mortgage Broker/Banker/Lender. This one is HUGE. In six year of selling real estate I've been through a lot of lenders. Most of the relationships started out great, but fizzled due to different circumstances.
Finding a trusted lender was a tough one, but over the last year or so, Joel Scheer with Ruoff Home Mortgage and I have things firing on all cylinders.
I know his style and his systems, and he knows mine.
Plus, he knows his stuff and every client I've sent to him has loved him.
Home Inspector. This has been a tough journey as well. We have a few inspectors that we know and trust. It's very important to find an inspector that does their job and understand their role in the process.
Title Company. Not all title companies are the same. It's important to build that relationship with at least one or two title companies that can get the job done in a timely manner, and go above and beyond when needed.
My title people (Amy and Andy) are on top of things, and they're flexible when I need them to be. Amy closed one of our deals this year in a McDonald's, and Andy is closing one an hour away because that's the only thing that is going to work for our client.
So... if you're a new agent, it's important to not only generate business and learn your craft, it's important to build your team and your supporting cast.