New Agents! You Need THESE People in your Support Group. Network It!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Fred Griffin Real Estate Florida Broker BK436788

     Welcome, New Agents, to the Real Estate Business! The opportunity for success, both financial and personal, is right in front of you... it is there for the taking. 

     However, if it is so easy to "make it" in Real Estate, why do the majority of Newbies burn out, fizzle out, or drop out after a year or two?  Why is the attrition rate in this business so high? 

     What can YOU do to avoid being an "I tried it but it did not work", and instead become a SUCCESS STORY in the real estate business?


     The answer:  you need a Support Network of people to help you navigate your way through the rapids and the rough roads that lie ahead of you!


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These People should be in Your Network

     1.  Mentors.  Successful Agents who have "been there done that".  People who can point you in the right direction and help you avoid beginner's mistakes.  Identify some Top Producers; take them to lunch, ask questions, get advice.

     2.  Lenders.  You need Bankers, Mortgage Brokers, and Lenders who can get your prospects pre-approved.  You need go-to people who can answer your client's Loan Questions.

     3.  Title Company/Title Attorney personnel.

    4.  Insurance Agents.  What do policies cost?  Does the age of the roof matter (especially here in Florida)?  What is "The Box" (here in Florida)?  What about sinkholes?  What else is required for policies in YOUR state or local area?

    5.   Home Inspectors.  You need experts.  Ask around; find the best. 

    6.  WDO (Wood Destroying Organisms) Inspectors, aka "Termite Inspectors".

    6.   Surveyors

    7.   Appraisers 

Network at Your Local Board of Realtors

       8.   The Staff at your Local Board of Realtors.  Introduce yourself, ask for advice. 

    9Qualified Real Estate Attorney.  There will be times when you are faced with legal challenges (either personally, or for a client or customer).  Ask a Top Producer, your Broker, or your Board of Realtors which Attorneys they use.  Spend the money for a consultation/introduction with two or three of the top lawyers in your city or area.  Don't wait until a crisis arises... interview some Lawyers now.    

     10.   Certified Public Accountant.  You want to comply with Tax Laws; you also want to keep as much of your hard-earned money as possible.  Plus, your customers and clients may have questions about taxes owed after a sale, and so forth.

     11.  Technology People who can help you with Websites, MLS, Smart Phones, IDX, and Hardware.   If your Board or Association has a Technical Staff or Technical Manager, meet them!

     12.  Photographer / Videographer / Graphic Artist for professional photos, images, videos and graphics.  They should be competent with photo-editing software, and proficient on websites like YouTube and Vimeo.

     13.  Local Government Officials.  Visit the Property Appraiser's Office and the Tax Collector's Office.  Visit the Zoning or Building Department, and any other relevant Local Government offices.  Meet the gatekeepers who sit at the front desk!  Sure, you can get most information from the Internet, but there will be times when you need to "Get Human".  Meet these people now before your business gets rolling.   

     14.  ActiveRain Members and Staff.  There is a wealth of information and support available to you on ActiveRain!  Comment on a Featured blog, introduce yourself to some top bloggers via email. Call or email the Staff Members at ActiveRain.  Get familiar with the "Feature Fairies" and other prominent bloggers on ActiveRain!

    15.  Contractors, Handymen, Plumbers, Electricians, Roofers, Carpenters, etc. who can professionally advise you and your Buyers/Sellers about corrections or repairs to a property.  Ask around; find the best.  Make sure that they are licensed and insured.




     New Agent, you are an Independent Contractor!  You are a sole proprietor, perhaps a one-man or one-woman Real Estate Office.  But can you do this alone?  No!  You need a Network to help you succeed in this business.


Posted by

Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    


Leave of Absence, January 2019

      Fred is not soliciting new business at this time.

     If you are a current or former client of Fred, and need to speak with him, use the CONTACT button on this page.  





Tallahassee Florida Metropolitan Area    


Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.



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  2. Carol Williams 06/20/2016 11:00 PM
  3. Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 11/26/2016 05:39 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin You cannot do this business alone. Excellent advice. Good luck with the contest.

Oct 31, 2015 10:59 PM #13
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Fred ... great blog my friend, congrats on the GOLD and your blog has been featured to the group:


Nov 01, 2015 03:56 AM #14
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Thank you, Alaska Bob!   

Nov 01, 2015 06:24 AM #15
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Great advise.  As a newer agent I have been in a position that I needed names of an inspector or info about home warranty issues.  Our office has a google doc that we have access to reach out and find people to network with.  We also attend local trainings and classes at the board of realtors.  I'm still working on my list. 

Nov 01, 2015 08:09 AM #16
Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA

This is excellent advise and a great list of service providers. There were a couple on here that I could add to my list. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 01, 2015 08:26 AM #17
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Melissa Jackson   The "early days" in a real estate career can be a bit daunting.  It sounds like you are on the right track to finding and connecting with the Team Players that you need!

Sandra Graves   You are welcome.  I see that I left a few out, including Home Stagers and Lawn and Landscape Services.

Nov 01, 2015 10:18 AM #18
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin well said - we are independent contractors and the best way to build the business in - Networking!

Nov 01, 2015 01:08 PM #19
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

People "think" and that's the problem.  They don't "know" what being a real estate agent is all about until they've become licensed.   What looks so easy is when they "think" about it.  But, you certainly have given a lot of "know" in this post!  That's for sure.

Nov 02, 2015 02:01 AM #21
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Well I thought my post about advice for newbies was pretty good but then I read this and now mine seems subpar. 

Nov 02, 2015 06:24 AM #22
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Great advice, Fred. I bookmarked it. It's always worth the time to reach out to people from your network and stay in touch.

Nov 04, 2015 12:43 PM #23
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Fred awesome list that all newbies should print out or save and refer to often until they've got their 'team' strongly in place.

Nov 09, 2015 10:53 AM #24
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Fred Griffin Not only is this excellent advice for new agents, it is just as important for all agents to have this kind of team. Even as a solo broker...with this list you are not alone. 

Dec 03, 2015 11:58 AM #25
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Hi Fred Griffin  really great post  and excellent advise

Dec 10, 2015 10:06 AM #26
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It pays to have allies, and more important to make sure they are very good allies.

Dec 10, 2015 03:19 PM #27
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Excellent .. EXCELLENT post, Fred Griffin!  Saw this on Twitter and had to stop by and give you a big thumbs up regarding your info and advice.  The wisdom and value of having these resources at our disposal in this industry aren't stressed enough.  If we have multiples found on this list, we are very lucky.  I know this advice/post will help many ...


PS:  Will be sharing as many places as possible!

May 02, 2016 04:19 AM #28
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi 

  Hi Gene!  Thanks for your kind words.  Nice to see you both here, and on Twitter.

May 02, 2016 06:43 AM #29
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Enjoyed your post, glad I came across it within the archives. Much success in the remainder of the year.

Nov 14, 2016 12:32 PM #30
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Fred Griffin "What can YOU do to avoid being an "I tried it but it did not work", and instead become a SUCCESS STORY in the real estate business? The answer:  you need a Support Network of people to help you navigate your way through the rapids and the rough roads that lie ahead of you!"

Right on target - and - re-blog!

Nov 26, 2016 05:39 AM #31
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Fred Griffin nice job with this post and happy to see it featured.... I hope it's read by ActiveRain members, new and seasoned.... great for both!!

Nov 26, 2016 05:46 AM #32
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Fred - I was glad that Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers re blogged this.  This is so important to a new person.  The network is there for support.

Nov 26, 2016 07:18 AM #33
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