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.
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.
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!