What's your style? Better yet how do your customer's want you to appear?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach

What's your style? How do you dress when you first meet/greet you customers/clients?

Do you wear a business suit on the first meeting? or not?

I was taught in RE school to meet and greet in a nice business suit, and to dress down slowly...with each meeting.  I am not a jean's person in the first place (blame my mother).

I am never dressed in less than business casual when with a customer  or not when I am out...then again. I'm in South Florida and you never know who you might run into when you are out and about.

I know some of my fellow "Rainer's" show farm's and land...and need to be in boot's and jean's...However, those other's who work in Washington, DC, may work in formal business suit's every day.

What do you wear? Where do you live? And what do you think your customer's expect of a Real Estate agent?

Please tell me...curious

http://www.karenmonsour.com,  954-464-4194 cell

 

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Best regards,

Karen Monsour, REALTOR®

Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach
4757 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
954-464-4194 cell
954-969-9974 fax
www.KarenSellsFloridaWaterfront.com
A recent recipient of Realtor.com®'s "Award of Excellence" for online marketing.

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Rainmaker
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Dawn Workman
Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC - Camas, WA
Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100
And, I was meaning to also say that I live in Phoenix and own no pantyhose :)
Apr 04, 2008 06:52 PM #5
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Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

This is a topic that is discussed almost weekly here on AR and from what I've read the consensus seems to be: It's a local thing just as real estate is local.  Those viewing farm land or ranch properties dress appropriately. Those touring million dollar homes dress appropriately. 

Apr 04, 2008 11:58 PM #6
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Lissa Uder
RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC - Lebanon, MO
Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent
I'm with Kris. I try to wear business casual even when going to the grocery store. Ya never know who you're going to run in to. Even when showing farms or land, I will wear jeans and boots, but I throw on a few accessories so that I'm still kinda "dressed". Living in a rural area, wearing a suit all the time intimidates alot of the clients.
Apr 05, 2008 12:11 AM #7
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Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
International Financing Solutions

Hey Karen,

For me it is a Tommy Bahama shirt, pair of jeans and either nice dress shoes or cowboy boots. I haven't worn a tie in years and actually can't remember the last time I wore one.....probably 1999.

Sean Allen

Apr 05, 2008 01:42 AM #8
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I have a $7,000,000 buyer under contract.  I wear jeans to our meetings.  He wears jeans to our meetings.  We met with the architect and the builder last week.  Everyone wore jeans. 

Apr 05, 2008 02:53 AM #9
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Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

I only wear jeans if I'm showing rural properties and run the risk of landing on by butt sliding down a slope or something.  Then I wear jeans and sneakers.

Otherwise, I'm wearing business casual.  I was just at a seminar yesterday and the speaker told us we should dress for a uniform look - that hopefully ties in with our overall image.  I.e. wearing company colors, having your borchures and business cards all match the look.

So I'm thinking of my "look."  Which will be black slacks, loafers or heels, and a more fun color top.... 

Apr 05, 2008 03:10 AM #10
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Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

I only wear jeans if I'm showing rural properties and run the risk of landing on by butt sliding down a slope or something.  Then I wear jeans and sneakers.

Otherwise, I'm wearing business casual.  I was just at a seminar yesterday and the speaker told us we should dress for a uniform look - that hopefully ties in with our overall image.  I.e. wearing company colors, having your borchures and business cards all match the look.

So I'm thinking of my "look."  Which will be black slacks, loafers or heels, and a more fun color top.... 

Apr 05, 2008 03:11 AM #11
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Karen Rice
Davis R. Chant, REALTORS - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

I only wear jeans if I'm showing rural properties and run the risk of landing on by butt sliding down a slope or something.  Then I wear jeans and sneakers.

Otherwise, I'm wearing business casual.  I was just at a seminar yesterday and the speaker told us we should dress for a uniform look - that hopefully ties in with our overall image.  I.e. wearing company colors, having your borchures and business cards all match the look.

So I'm thinking of my "look."  Which will be black slacks, loafers or heels, and a more fun color top.... 

Apr 05, 2008 03:11 AM #12
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
Hi Karen, for me, I'll wear dress slacks and button down shirt. If I'm meeting with a client for the first time, I'll add a tie. If it's a listing appointment, then a sports jacket comes along. In the summer months, I almost exclusively wear branded golf shirts, with the exception being listing appointments. I'm not a suit and tie guy, but I will wear them when I feel it's necessary.
Apr 05, 2008 12:42 PM #13
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Gary,

I'm right there with you. I do the same.  My mother forbid me to wear jean's...so It kind of stuck with me my entire life...not that I don't have a few, I just prefer the "dress for success" that my parent's made me do...not that there is anything wrong with jeans...

Apr 05, 2008 01:50 PM #14
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Dawn,

That's a good idea.  I don't match my customer's but I make them comfortable.  As you said, how they are comfortable, but up a notch...I have those...million dollar listing clothes in my closet as well...LOL...amazing isn't it?

Apr 05, 2008 01:56 PM #16
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Kris,

Sorry, I have only seen a few blog's on this...care to share any with us?  I wrote one before, different though a few month's ago...if you know what the blog's are, please feel free to post here, I would love to read the comments.

Apr 05, 2008 02:00 PM #17
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Kris,

Sorry, I have only seen a few blog's on this...care to share any with us?  I wrote one before, different though a few month's ago...if you know what the blog's are, please feel free to post here, I would love to read the comments.

Apr 05, 2008 02:07 PM #19
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!
Lissa,  Me too...like you said, you never know who you will run into...I drop my card anywhere I hear someone discussing RE
Apr 05, 2008 02:09 PM #20
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!
Lissa,  Me too...like you said, you never know who you will run into...I drop my card anywhere I hear someone discussing RE
Apr 05, 2008 02:10 PM #21
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!
Lissa,  Me too...like you said, you never know who you will run into...I drop my card anywhere I hear someone discussing RE
Apr 05, 2008 02:10 PM #22
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Sean,

You get a bye (like a basketball or golf tournament)...on this one...you told me that once before :-)

Why is everything I post, posting twice?????and thing's are soooooooooo sloooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww.

Apr 05, 2008 02:12 PM #23
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

Lenn,

 I have to say, if I had the pleasure to do business with you I wouldn't care what you wore.  You are the Real Estate icon!  I would like to see you walking in as the President of the NAR in jeans! and telling them all how thing's need to be... Love ya Lenn, you're the best and thank you for posting on my blog! :-)

Apr 05, 2008 02:15 PM #24
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Karen R.,

That makes sense to me...

Apr 05, 2008 02:21 PM #27
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Jim,

What is important in dress mode, is doing what is appropriate time appropriately!  Even if it's not your style.  :-)  K

Apr 05, 2008 02:23 PM #28
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