Treat Others As You'd Like To Be Treated

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Treat Others As You'd Like To Be Treated

Real estate is a profession that’s always changing; whether it be effective ways to market, evolving laws, or new technology to learn. If you’re in the industry you know change comes with the territory. One thing I haven’t seen change since entering the industry in 2007 is how poorly agents can treat one another. The dog eat dog mentality is something that has never and will never make sense to me.


Agent to Agent Kindness



I see other agents as extensions of my team. We’re all in this unique industry together; the pack is far stronger than the wolf. I want other agents to want to work with my company and I want to feel the same about working with them. Helping other agents who don’t work in your brokerage pays dividends. I have quite a few agents I’ve become friends with over the years who are in the same market and we help each other regularly. Take the current market as an example, it’s a seller’s market on steroids and we’ve written offers on two listings of agents I personally know and respect. Guess whose buyers won the bids? Ours did; yes we made strong and clean offers but, when the listing agent can tell their sellers that they’ve worked with us before and that we get to the closing table efficiently and smoothly that’s a big selling point.


The agents who treat other agents poorly are just limiting their network in my opinion. I received a phone call from a company nearby after opening my office last year and the broker called just to tell me I’d never make it in her town and that I needed to stay out of her territory. I was momentarily speechless and then just thanked her for the call and hung up. I’ll never forget her name or the call but, I'll also never understand what she was trying to accomplish either. We all play in the same sandbox and hurting your peers to try to benefit yourself isn’t the way to go.


Agent to Agent Kindness



Helping people and building relationships is what real estate is about and that shouldn’t be limited to our clients. Helping other agents should come with the territory as well. Treat others as you’d like to be treated, sounds so simple yet it’s something that unfortunately not all agents practice regularly.


Thank you Kathleen Daniels for the opportunity to vent about my pet peeve!




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Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

6485 Old Beulah Street
Alexandria, VA 22315

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Couldn't agree more with you Amanda. Those are words that Larry & I use all the time.  Treat others as you want to be treated!

Apr 20, 2017 02:29 AM #52
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Amanda.  I really can relate to this post.  It has never made sense to me why some agents feel they need to be confrontational.

Apr 20, 2017 05:17 AM #53
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Amanda, great post, and congratulations on the FEATURE, you deserve it!  

Apr 20, 2017 05:39 AM #54
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Very good post Amanda. Your advice could have benefited some AR peers on a recent 'hot' post.

Wonder where the expression of 'dog eat dog' came from...

Apr 20, 2017 06:14 AM #55
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your future recognition. This is excellent advice to share.

Apr 20, 2017 06:27 AM #56
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Congratulations on the feature Amanda S. Davidson. I like to approach this business just like you by treating others like i would like to be treated. Some agents to make it harder than it needs to be 

Apr 20, 2017 07:03 AM #57
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

We need to collaborate together and acting as if the other agent is the enemy doesn't acheive anything.

Apr 20, 2017 07:22 AM #58
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The best revenge is overwhelming success!

 I think of the other agents as my customers...always wanting them to feel comfortable bringing me a their buyers. 


Apr 20, 2017 08:38 AM #59
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Well said, Amanda. Treating other agents well is right and it benefits everyone. Is every agent kind and easy to work with? Of course not, but that doesn't determine how I act toward them. That's there problem. I won't make it mine. 

Apr 20, 2017 10:18 AM #60
Mega Team Real Estate
Realty ONE Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge

I love reading your feature today. Thanks for sharing this. 

Apr 20, 2017 10:37 AM #61
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Amanda... there is a reason the golden rule is called the golden rule. And the payback from following it is huge.

Apr 20, 2017 12:58 PM #62
Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service

"You reep what you sow". Personally, I rather sow great seeds, building future relationships so we all could benefit.

Apr 20, 2017 05:55 PM #63
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing the reality of longivity to our business!!!

One thing I haven’t seen change since entering the industry in 2007 is how poorly agents can treat one another. The dog eat dog mentality is something that has never and will never make sense to me.

Apr 21, 2017 04:50 AM #64
Realty One Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
Broker Associate & Licensed Architect

Thank you for sharing for the Golden Rule.

Do unto others as you would have others Do unto you

Apr 21, 2017 09:32 AM #65
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Honestly I guess I'm fortunate that those types of agents are few and far between in my market.  

Once I called a broker to change an appointment because I had a personal emergency.  Instead of changing it the listing broker offered to meet my buyer. My buyer ended up buying that house and even though I offered to share the selling agent side of the commission because he showed it, he was having none of that.  Thankfully most agents are like that here.

Apr 21, 2017 11:48 AM #66
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


There is continued interest on your  post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig 

Apr 21, 2017 05:04 PM #67
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Amanda and congratulations on the feature.  We should all play by the golden rule.  There is enough business out there and relationships with others actually enhance us.  I have many collegial relationships with other coaches and consultants.

Apr 22, 2017 05:06 AM #68
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

This is an important message to share, Amanda. Of course, the dog-eat-dog types will gloss right over it but it's nice to see so many that agree with you. Have a great week!

Apr 22, 2017 05:50 AM #69
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Amanda S. Davidson - for some agents, this is a race they want to win and no one else should even come close! (Eventually this happens - except that everyone is way ahead of this!)

Apr 23, 2017 10:16 PM #70
Allyson Hoffman
RE/MAX Villager (Chicago North and North Suburbs Real Estate) - Northbrook, IL
Making Today's Dreams Tomorrow's Reality!

You couldn't be more correct and stated this perfectly! What a pleasure it would be if all agents followed this sound advice!

Apr 28, 2017 11:12 AM #71
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