About Receiving Agent Awards, Especially From Trulia

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

As a person over the age of 60, I obviously did not grow up in an environment where kids received awards for sneezing and wiping their nose. I wasn't part of that let's-make-everybody-feel-good movement or that every-person-is-special sentiment developed by helicopter parents. Nope, I grew up earning A's on my report card because I did the work and comprehended the assignments. I even ranked OK on playing well with others. I mean to say I have earned my way in life. Nobody handed anything to me.

Couple that attitude with my adverse reaction to manipulative marketing, and I tend not to place much distinction on the awarding of awards. I wouldn't change companies over it like some agents who feel slighted when they are not recognized for a position they felt they deserved. But for crying out loud, when you're gonna send somebody an award, you should probably personalize it.

You can read more in my personal blog today about Elizabeth Weintraub Ranks as the Best of Trulia Agent.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

Photo: Unless otherwise noted in this blog, the photo is copyrighted by Big Stock Photo and used with permission.The views expressed herein are Weintraub's personal views and do not reflect the views of RE/MAX Gold. Disclaimer: If this post contains a listing, information is deemed reliable as of the date it was written. After that date, the listing may be sold, listed by another brokerage, canceled, pending or taken temporarily off the market, and the price could change without notice; it could blow up, explode or vanish. To find out the present status of any listing, please go to elizabethweintraub.com.

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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
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Thank you for sharing Elizabeth. I agree things have become too watered down to be taken seriously at times. Awards should be given on the merit of what you have done and not on who you know. Good luck and I wish you much success!

Jan 28, 2015 01:41 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I agree with you regarding the awards in schools today vs. back in the day. However, I did get an award in the 2nd grade for good posture:-)

Jan 28, 2015 04:49 AM #2
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman What happened to your photo, Tanya?

Myrl Jeffcoat Mine was playing well with others. I wanna hear Frosty the Snowman one more time!!!

Jan 28, 2015 10:57 AM #3
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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I knew you couldn't be talking about Lyon Real Estate awards.  It's good that you keep on top of your clients for online reviews.  I've got to get better at that, but not because I want an award from Trulia that could be meant for anyone.

Jan 28, 2015 12:43 PM #4
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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One would think as you said they would at least have had the courtesy to place your name on the award

Jan 28, 2015 07:36 PM #5
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
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Hi Elizabeth.  So how much did the award cost you?

Jan 28, 2015 08:35 PM #6
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Hi Chris Ann: The Lyon awards will be fun this year because it's Roaring 20s theme. That's all I care about, LOL, and fortunately, I have something to wear since the Downton Abbey premiere attire a while back.

James Dray Yes, you would think. But wait, I was kidding about the "wait, there is more" yet today, there was more. Yes, they sent me another certificate. This one is a Blank Trulia Certificate as well but it's for VIP Level 1. Not quite as exciting as Level 9 in Ingress . . .

Conrad Allen I don't advertise on Trulia so it didn't cost me anything. That's the thing people don't realize -- if you have a lot of listings, you don't need to pay to advertise.

Jan 29, 2015 02:49 AM #7
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Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
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Elizabeth, those agent rewards mean nothing to me unless they come from my broker with the consensus's of agents in the office...happy to say I've received those awards and they do have value to me.  What really caught my attention was in your first sentence about not receiving awards for sneezing, etc....that in my opinion is where things started going sideways with how parents raise their kids....off my soap box now!

Jan 30, 2015 06:33 AM #8
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Congratulations Elizabeth!

This one is a really good one.  Its based on number of sales and reviews and you are for sure the top of Sacramento agents on that.

Jan 30, 2015 03:53 PM #9
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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However you got it, congratulations.  Some people never get anything.

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