Thankful for my Administrative Assistant- No. 7 Thanksgiving Challenge

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Many agents hire Administrative Assistants and find they don’t work out for one reason or another. I feel many hire an agent who wants you to mentor them and as soon as they feel they can go it alone they leave! Don’t get me wrong I believe in mentoring. I want to give back because I was lucky to experience some phenomenal mentoring from agents when I first started. I just don’t want them on my payroll.

As independent contractors we own our own business and decide how we want to run it. I love that! I don’t want to be a Broker and manage agents. I don’t want to be a team captain and manage agents. I want to do what I do best...list and sell homes. What I need is someone to handle my paper work, answer my phone, schedule appointments, be open to new kinds of technology, help research new ideas and information, create my fliers and stat reports (with the information I produce) and so much more.

I hit the jackpot when I hired a head hunter so to speak to interview and find me the right Admin back in 2008 (my other admin retired). She found me someone who had experience working for another agent in another firm but she herself is not an agent. Yup that is right she has no interest in listing or selling on her own. She is systems oriented and not afraid of technology. If she doesn’t know how to do something she knows how or where to go to figure it out! Carol Cantelmo has been with me 8 years and is my right arm.

I’m thankful every day she is here for me. I could never handle the volume I do if she was not in my corner. Cheers Carol..You are a blessing!

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Good admin people are the people who are neck deep in systems and organization...and not trying to see how ths is an entree to other parts of real estate.

Nov 21, 2016 08:57 PM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Real Estate Broker

Good morning Dorie. A team of two, each providing their own talents, is perfect for many people! Hard to find that perfect partner. Enjoy your day!

Nov 21, 2016 09:30 PM #2
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dorie --- Carol seems to be the perfect match.  I think it's great your previous admin found her.  

Nov 21, 2016 09:30 PM #3
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson : You are right on the money!

Hi Wayne Martin : Carol is my right arm.

Hi Michael Jacobs : She is! My past assistant didn't find her..I paid a headhunter so to speak to interview for me and find me the right match she did a great job!

Nov 21, 2016 10:06 PM #4
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

You do have a great one. I am stuck in that rut trying to fnd a good match Dorie Dillard 

Nov 21, 2016 10:13 PM #5
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Scott Godzyk : It's hard that is why I hired a professional to interview and screen applicants. She narrowed it down to three. All three were good but I did pick the right one and so glad I had 3 good choices after 59 applications.

Nov 21, 2016 10:20 PM #6
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
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Using a head hunter to help narrow the applicants was brilliant, Dorie. I'm glad that Carol and you work efficiently and happliy together. That's a stress-buster right there!

Nov 21, 2016 11:42 PM #7
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Dorie Dillard,  You are bless  to have a great admin person  for so long.  I have had 2 in my careen and both did a good job but first one when with my partner when we split up.

Nov 22, 2016 12:11 AM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

A good administrative assistant is worth their weight in gold, Dorie!  I'm glad you found Carol, and the two of you are simpatico!

Nov 22, 2016 07:14 PM #9
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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You have found the right one for the job. Yes, I would say you are really blessed with Carol.

Nov 22, 2016 08:12 PM #10
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Good morning. Thank you for sharing the things you are thankful for. Have a good Thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2016 05:05 AM #11
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Lottie Kendall : You bet it is..we work like a well oiled machine:).

Hi Will Hamm : I've had 2 good ones and could never do the volume I do if I ddin't have a good one.

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat : I like that word..that we are!

Hi Debbie Reynolds : I am graeful to have her as my right arm!

Hi Gita Bantwal : Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Nov 23, 2016 08:10 AM #12
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