How to Communicate With Non-English Speaking Clients

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With JaCi out working hard yesterday (and today, she's taking two more listings for the team), I set aside time to finish reading Becoming, by Michelle Obama. She writes in part about how difficult it was for her husband to work in a Congress where bi-partisan efforts were constantly shut down. I can relate that to real estate and having to work with agents who openly dislike talking to top listing agents because the property is not their own listing. Similar. Not identical but similar.

Everybody has their own agenda.

As JaCi was driving to a listing appointment yesterday, she also received a phone call from a non-English speaking woman. She writes about that interaction today, and how she discovered new ways to communicate.

We live in such a diverse city, Sacramento; at one time in 2006, media called us the "most diverse city in America." Developing new ways to communicate is paramount. And you can read more about it our blog today at this link: More on Translation App Tricks in Real Estate.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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

Technology is and is continuing to become a valuable tool in all sorts of daily tasks, including language translation!  I've been studying Spanish for the last couple years because I increasingly encounter situations where it is needed.  But, just the other day I was thinking with AI and other tech gee-wizzary, it may soon become unnecessary for all this learning I'm doing.  However, it's still good for the brain!

Apr 14, 2019 12:42 PM #1
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA, ABR, SRS

Great post. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic rest of the weekend!

Apr 14, 2019 03:18 PM #2
Leif Price
Chirpy Home - Portland, OR
Blogger at Chirpy Home

I do run to Google Translate sometimes and it's a big help. Glad to know some foreign words and little by little knowing the language as well. 

Apr 14, 2019 06:34 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

David has a great ability to understand people who do not have English as their first language...I do not...and we sometimes do rely on translators.

Apr 15, 2019 03:02 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Elizabeth. I think you have scored. Your partner works and you read about it.

Apr 15, 2019 06:59 AM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elizabeth, the bulk of my clients are from all over the Globe and gratefully people from China, Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia to name a few all speak and write English....Endre

Apr 16, 2019 11:54 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Elizabeth- - -technology has made dramatic advances but is far from "perfect". There may be more hope with real estate-speak than political jargon. Maybe.

Apr 21, 2019 06:42 AM #7
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Thank you everyone for your comments. Unfortunately, I have been too busy helping an injured friend to respond to each of you but I will rectify that with my future blogs.

Apr 21, 2019 11:02 AM #8
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