Many Lessons Learned and Shared

Managing Real Estate Broker with Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 TN Broker: 208698

Lesson LearnedThe Lessons Learned Contest in June gave an opportunity to share an experience or lesson that members learned during their careers. 105 members wrote about a lesson that was important to them. Many of the lessons have been experienced by the masses. Others happened only once but once was enough.

The point count has been sent over to staff for posting to your profiles. You should be receiving the points in a few days.

Take a look at the vast array of Lessons Learned and if you would like to read more about the subject, click on the link. hanks to all the writers, participants, readers, commenters and rebloggers. 


Listen to not only the words the buyer says but your instincts too.

3 things every real estate agent should know.

Don't judge your buyer by his cover, get him prequalified first.

Always ask the buyer if they have talked to a lender first to save your time.

Watch your comments, you may regret them.

I am not a tour guide and will only spend time with legitimate buyers.

Running a good team is like running a business.

Some buyers are unrealistic about the market and can't be pleased.

Every agent has a personal gold mine, but it has to be mined.

Learning to say no has poured gasoline on the fire.

Always fill out a buyer registration card when showing new construction.

Take positive actions every day for your future.

Stay calm and plan before you take action.

Real estate is not like corporate America. It is a free for all.

Nice guys do finish last or the other guy will let you do his job , too.

Remember to check for personal items in the contract like the refrigerator.

Watch for red flags and listen to your gut.

Trust but verify the information your get from other agents.

Real estate agents don't have to take disrespectful treatment.

Sellers are emotionally attached to their homes and their décor. Be careful.

Your clients expect you to be the expert, so be one.

Use professional photography, it makes a difference.

Lesson learned, listen to your gut.

Only show truly qualifed buyers.

Encourage your buyer to make his best offer; it may be his only shot.

Listen to your Instincts. I would rather have my life than a sale.

Safety should always be first when showing.

Latecomers to the model home rarely buy.

Sometimes the customer makes a mistake and the right thing is to speak up.

It's often more clever to dissolve a problem then to try to solve it.

VA Loans- Don't trust the listing agent.

Learning when to keep your mouth closed but know when enough is enough.

Promote your own brand.

Don't rely on gimmicks to get business. It distracts from your professionalism.

Just because you are given a lead doesn't mean it is a gift.

If you hire a professional company to do your media work, still check them.

Don't take no for an answer, keep on until your succeed.

If I had a time machine I would have a whole lot more money.

Every transaction is different.

When tenants are in the property, make sure they know they have to vacate.

Stay close in touch with your clients even after the sale.

Simple systems make a better Realtor and a more productive one.

Don't do something just because someone else is doing it.

Get your referral fee agreed before the broker comp agreement is signed.

Don't argue when the client when the parent is always right.

I wish I had partnered with an experienced agent and learned on their dime.

Took steps to get business coaching and now dream bigger and enjoy life more.

Allowing the seller to set the listing price.

Things they forgot to teach you in real estate school.

Stop listening to everyone else, do your own thing.

Say no to the listing if the seller refuses to take your advice.

Life is a series of lessons learned. Embrace them.

Listen to your intuition as it won't steer you wrong.

Don't tie all your systems to your broker, one day you may want to leave.

Don't take the good times for granted.

What you don't put in the contract is likely not to stay and cost you money.

When you think this is the End, it may be the Beginning.

Not all real estate is the same, you can actually lose money.

Don't toss animals at clients and hold the door for pregnant clients. Really!

Always put it in writing.

Discounting my services proved very costly.

Volunteering benefits you in many ways.

My marketing focus is centered on what I can do for the client.

Pay attention to the details even the unspoken ones.

Top 10 things you should know when starting your real estate career.

Life is a journey, things happen for a reason getting us to where we are today.

Treat clients with respect or you may lose the business.

Real estate is a contact sport and there is no app for that.

All leads are not the same.

Not all sellers live by the Golden Rule and may try to hide undisclosed damage.

I wish I had started my career at an earlier age.

If opening a brokerage always hire the best and pay them well. It's a win-win.

Check out your own relationships with potential clients.

You can't make chicken salad out of chicken poop.

Show buyers listings in higher price categories and let them decide.

Show your true value and don't become a commodity.

I learned to not talk or write too much and freak out the buyer.

You are only the messenger and cannot make the decisions for your client.

Put energy, time and resources on an underserved market niche, Dominate.

Never, ever market a property without a signed contract.

Get your buyer preapproved before you write the contract.

Don't just know your inventory, know all the inventory.

50 lessons that may help your avoid later trouble.

Don't forget to get signed documentation. It just might earn you a commission.

Get your compensation promised in writing.

Always ask the seller if their home is in a flood plain.

10 things I learned while selling real estate.

Make sure you know who is to pay for impact fees.

Learn your value; it's a lesson not just for business.

Do accept credit reports provided by the tenant. They may have been altered.

Incorrect pricing inconveniences the seller and can hurt the sale.

Listen to your heart, go slow.

Round up not down when in probate court. Choose your agent wisely.

Know your market, financing and lender's products.

It's never too late to learn.

Go with your gut, you can only chase a carrot so long.

On-going education is the key to growth.

Blog for your own promotion not your brokers.

My biggest mistake was using my broker's website.

Most people don't know how to properly use the term REALTOR.

When seller want to list for more than the house is worth.

Show confidence and have good follow up.

Put it in writing, advise buyer to get an attorney, recommend several lenders.

Buyers that aren't ready to buy will continue to lose in a hot market.

Your friends are a great source of referrals. 

Lessons Learned



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Comments (27)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many great contributions were made to this contest, did you list every single entry above?

Jul 08, 2016 02:06 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Debbie it's been a very succesful contest - bravo! And thanks to all of those that wrote out their lessons learned to share with our community.

Jul 08, 2016 02:06 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Debbie - you did the community a huge favor in listing all those entries on one page. Thank you! 

Jul 08, 2016 03:42 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Wow, you put a ton of work into this post - thank you for making it easy for us to read all the great posts this contest generated.  

Jul 08, 2016 06:18 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Debbie, Thanks again for creating this challenge. Many great lessons to be learbned from these posts. 

Jul 08, 2016 06:32 AM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Debbie Reynolds - What a great summary with some amazing tips, advice and information!  Well done!!!

Jul 08, 2016 09:51 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie I was not able to participate in this one, but hope to be able to participate in the July contest.

Jul 08, 2016 10:53 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Debbie, great list of posts...and a good contests.

Jul 08, 2016 11:05 AM
Sabine Bayona
RE/MAX Results - Clermont, FL
Realtor for Buyers & Sellers in Clermont-Minneola

What a great resource! Thank you!

Jul 08, 2016 12:14 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This was a wonderful contest, Debbie. Not only was it fun to reflect on lessons learned, but we had the opportunity to learn from so many others! I still have so many to try and read.


Jul 08, 2016 02:11 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debbie Reynolds You are amazing to have sponsored this contest. You are so appreciated for all your time and energy. You add so much to the Rain for all of us!

Jul 08, 2016 03:58 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Debbie - I have bookmarked this list.  There were so many ideas helpful ideas.  Enough to fill a book.

Jul 08, 2016 10:28 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  A very long list.  Thank you for all you do Debbie! 

Jul 09, 2016 02:47 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That was a lot of entries.  Thanks for sharing them all in one spot.

Jul 09, 2016 04:52 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

What a great compilation of ideas!  I will be bookmarking for future reading!  Thanks for putting all of this together!  Tremendous!

Jul 09, 2016 06:35 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Awesome list Debbie Reynolds Great participation from AR members. I didn't have time to write a post but did read a few entries.  Thanks for hosting another contest.

Jul 09, 2016 01:23 PM
Stanley Ching
2020 International Real Estate - Pearl City, HI
Come invest with me on Multifamily Property in USA

Great job well done.

Jul 09, 2016 02:52 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Wow...what an impressive amount of life lessons! 

Jul 09, 2016 10:52 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I will probably slowly go through all of them I learned so much from these great great contest! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Jul 10, 2016 01:59 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debbie. You are wise and you are so focused. These things are great and very true.

Jul 11, 2016 09:13 PM