My (perceived) strengths and weaknesses as a real estate broker.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268


The hardest thing to do, I believe, is to critique oneself. Why? Well, you think you did such a fabulous job with something, and then realize you could have done so much more. Or you forgot something. Or you didn't take into consideration that others felt they should get credit/recognized as well. You know, all that second guessing, etc. that is not necessarily helpful especially after completing a successful transaction. But, hey, it's 2:32 AM, I can't sleep because I'm thinking about a fabulous listing I just signed, so here goes:

My (perceived) strengths:

I have no fear in tackling just about anything I set my mind to. Where others tread lightly, hesitantly or maybe not at all, I dive right in and just do it. Over the years, I always had my eye on real estate, even getting my license twice. Each time, I saw opportunities in other directions and went in those directions. But 11 years ago, the stars aligned, and I went into real estate full time, getting my brokers licenses in both California and Hawaii. It just FELT right.

Nope, no working for a big agency for me because of its training, its systems, etc. which normally makes it easy on new agents. I had a lot of business experience and wanted to set my company up my way. Learning? Let's face it, each transaction is different so the learning process is ongoing anyway.

And you know what? My clients like that about me. I don't get snared up with "this is how it's done" or stay in "safe" niches.  I don't hesitate to take on challenges even though it might be harder.

My (perceived) weakness:

With my gung ho personality, it's tough to find like minded people so I tend to have a hard time being a team player. Looking back, this started in my childhood through no fault of my own. My family who lived in Germany in my formative years, put me in a Danish school, never mind that I didn't know the language. Then we moved to Canada, and I had to tackle English. I didn't have the luxury of forming close bonds because I was always an outsider coming in. Yet this never intimidated me and only helped me with my overall "I can do this" attitude. 

On balance:

I believe that my weakness is a strength in the real estate business. Too many people listen to advice of others, or can't make a move without the support/team comprising others.

And this is why my clients gravitate to me. They get MY best advice, my company policies are mine, and when they do business with me, the client and I are the team.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Hella - Your perceived weakness sounds so much like a friend of mine, who calls herself an "Army Brat."  Her family moved about every 2 years when she was a kid, and she had difficulty forming bonds, while also being busy learning new landscapes.

May 09, 2017 02:35 AM #1
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing. Have a good day.

May 09, 2017 02:46 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good for you for being your own person and just doing what you need to do! 

May 09, 2017 03:03 AM #3
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I believe we all need to improve in areas when it comes to real estate

May 09, 2017 03:12 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Hella.  Well you and I would get along just fine.  I tell it like it is, not much on diplomacy. 

May 09, 2017 03:40 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed reading this post. You have an objective view about yourself.  I admire your sense of independence. 

May 09, 2017 03:45 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella. Sounds like a lot of strengths to me perceived or not.

May 09, 2017 06:07 AM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Our experiences as young people are similar and so I understand where you are coming from with your strengths. Great post!

May 09, 2017 07:12 AM #8
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Hella,
it seems our personalities are formed by experience and genetics.  It was interesting to read how you were, essentially, thrown into new situations.  You chose to thrive, rather than just survive. 

It sounds like your weakness could be a strength for you.  You might not think you are a team player but I think your "team" chooses you more than the typical other way around.   It may not be easy to find like-minded people... but apparently, they find you!    Great post!  

May 09, 2017 07:18 AM #9
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

This was a fun challenge.  It gives us the cahnce to take inventory of our strengths and weaknesses.  Nicely done.

May 09, 2017 09:33 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hella I too think your so called 'weakness' is really a strength! You work well with your clients  and your team of players (title, lenders etc) and that's all a very good thing.

May 09, 2017 04:22 PM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I know you work hard becasue there are not many agents that can flex and do business over the biggest ocean in the world. 

May 09, 2017 07:59 PM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I wonder if a weakness is a weakness if you don't see it as such. Because if you truly spotted a weakness, most people would take steps to correct it. Like my weakness is chocolate. But I'm not correcting that.

May 11, 2017 07:03 AM #13
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