Real Estate Lessons from Breaking Bad

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

We binged Breaking Bad a few months ago.

If you haven't seen the show yet, it was a tremendous series featuring science teacher Walter White who, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, decided to take on a less than traditional way to provide for his family in his death. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is incredibly crisp. Everything about the show was, in our opinions, fantastic. 


Breaking Bad also gave us plenty of advice for our real estate business:


Passion is everything. Walter fully committed to his business and became the best of the best. When you're helping a client to buy or sell a home, you have to give it your full energy and enthusiasm.

Capitalize on the strengths of your teammates. On Breaking Bad, Walter knows the chemistry and Jesse knows the business. Wayne is the "steak" and Jean is the "sizzle" in our team. He knows the business ins and outs and she knows the marketing. We rarely cross those lines.

Build a strong network. In order for Walter and Jesse to hit the big time, they had to develop a strong relationships with Gustavo and Saul and many others to help them along the way. We have a solid network of providers - real estate attorneys, inspectors, mortgage providers - that  help form the foundation of our customer service.

Provide the best product. Walter's blue meth became his signature and he consistently refused to accept less than the best product posible.  Everyone on his supply chain knew his product by its quality. Successful real estate agents provide quality service which is unparalleled. People call us because we really are the best.


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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Saturday morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl -

I'm sure you are aware that Breaking Bad was filmed right here in Albuquerque and nearby NM areas.  Now they are shooting Ask Saul a spin off of Breaking Bad here. 

Mar 28, 2015 12:14 AM #1
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi John McCormack  - of course we knew! And we LOVE Better Call Saul!

Mar 28, 2015 12:16 AM #2
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I loved this series and am now hooked on Better Call Saul.  There were some good lessons to be learned in Breaking Bad.  Walter was ahead of his time with his blue product.

Mar 28, 2015 01:29 AM #3
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Succesful.

Wayne & Jean ~ It must have been fun, watching endless hours of Breaking Bad; eating popcorn, drinking soda and metaphorically drawing comparisons between the show and your real estate business. Nicely done.

Mar 28, 2015 04:39 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wayne and Jean,

Interesting take on real estate, and your points are well taken.  A

Mar 28, 2015 05:31 AM #5
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Okay, I never saw the show, just not enough time for the few hours of tv I do allow, baseball and real estate.

Now that you've given us the Cliff notes version, clearly I can see I missed a series that she have essentially been required for any realtor to watch.

Mar 28, 2015 12:01 PM #6
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl. Not familiar with Breaking Bad, but your post make absolute sense to me.

Mar 28, 2015 09:36 PM #7
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

What a great comparison. Very true indeed. 

I LOVED that show, and at some point will binge watch the reruns....


Mar 28, 2015 11:23 PM #8
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