Your Brand Is You

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291





Reading this post by Bliz reminded me of the big box brokerage I was with for 18 yrs.

They did everything to promote the company brand. They advertised your open house at no charge and gave you license plate holders with the company logo.

The brokers led us to believe it was the company brand that people were seeking. 

Here was my listing presentation way back then; it consisted of these three questions 

-Are you 100% you want to sell

-Are you 100% you want to use me

-Do you have any questions about my company 


Affirmative answers on all three were my criteria for getting a listing agreement signed. 

Today there are only two questions since it is my company. 

Being with a large name brokerage gives you brand recognition, but it also ties you in with all the other agents' adverse outcomes. 


The Real Estate company is only as good as your listing agent. 

The best school is only as good as your child’s teacher. 

The famous hospital is only as good as the doctor treating you. 


It is YOU that makes the brand outstanding.

  If your friend had a bad medical experience, the hospital’s reputation suffers. 

If your son/daughter has a negative teacher, you blame the school. 

Same in RE. When I left the big box company, I was told how much I “needed” their brand. 

That was eleven years ago when HomeRome Realty started.

What I needed was my brand. It was me, not the company that people wanted.



Your brand is you


To sell your home

Call Margaret Rome



Margaret Rome

Comments (31)

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

Like you, my first 10 years as a Realtor (back in the 1980s), was with a big box real estate company.  I will say they gave me a great foundation when beginning my career.  It came through their advertising program, and education.  But, I must also say that it was the kind-heartedness of several really experienced agents within that company who freely took me under their wing to help me on my way.  

You are absolutely right in saying, "Your brand is you."

Jan 15, 2021 01:51 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Myrl Jeffcoat Over the years, it has been extraordinary to have seasoned agents guiding and mentoring us. It is also an honor to be giving back the same to new energetic agents.

Jan 15, 2021 03:49 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 15, 2021 01:52 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coastal Living

I'm a firm believer that the client hires you and not the company or brand that you are with.  I have also been with the big box companies and major brands but now back in my own company and very happy.  I am able to provide the exceptional personalized marketing and service that my clientel wants and deserves.  Thanks for sharing a great post "as usual" Margaret...

Jan 15, 2021 01:58 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Myrl Jeffcoat Thanks for the feature in OFC!!

Jan 15, 2021 03:50 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Joyce Marsh And you exemplify...the exceptional personalized marketing and service that your clientele wants and deserves.  

Jan 15, 2021 03:52 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret I agree.  This is the third lender that I am with, and each time I moved, my clients and Realtor Partners continued to do business with me, and not with the lender I left.

Jan 15, 2021 04:04 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto It was you who earned their business...not the company!

Jan 15, 2021 08:57 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve always love that concept of my brain being myself and myself being my brand

Jan 15, 2021 09:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

George Souto You definitely do the right thing when you act according to your convictions in that way.

Jan 15, 2021 09:34 PM
Larry Estabrooks
Independent Real Estate Agent - Moncton, NB
100% representation means NEVER DUAL AGENCY !

Well said Margaret. I foresee continued growth in consumer appreciation of the value of 100% independence and undivided loyalty that flows from single agency representation in real estate.

Your big box brokerage brands and their minions obfuscate the downside of dual agency. 

Jan 16, 2021 04:07 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Margaret, I agree that "Your Brand is You".  Being able to create your points of difference and stand out from others in the profession and even in your brokerage can be game changing.

Jan 16, 2021 04:37 AM
Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Great post

Too many weak salespeople (yes, real estate is SALES) want to trade alot of their money to a company hoping 'th brand/the company' will somehow relieve some of their lack of sales skill


Have a Great 2021

Happy Selling!

Jan 16, 2021 06:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree. Most people don't care which agency you are with. They care about how YOU will care for them.

Jan 16, 2021 06:09 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 ,

You are so right your brand is "You." Not all big box brands only are looking to further their image. They realized years ago it was all about "You" and some wisely moved to enhancing "You" with a powerful brand behind you.

Jan 16, 2021 07:19 AM
Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164
ProSmart Realty - Mesa, AZ
Reliable, Premier Personal Service since 2001

Been saying this for a almost 20 years. You message is well written and makes some great points to think about.

Jan 16, 2021 08:03 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 
So true - 
It is YOU that makes the brand outstanding.
Enjoy the days ahead - Lynn

Jan 16, 2021 06:40 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Margaret,

You certainly make this statement true. I never care which brand someone is with, so long as they are fair and square and professional. In the end, we all want the sellers to sell & the buyers to buy and for the transaction to be as smooth as possible under the circumstances.

Jan 16, 2021 09:23 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

This is the hardest thing to do, but when you get it right, it's a thing of beauty.

Jan 17, 2021 05:28 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Being associated with a big box brand is truly a double edge sword.  We've been both sought out and rejected because of the association.  Your comparison to how reputations are formed is spot on.

Jan 17, 2021 06:51 AM
Brandon Patton
Real Estate Market Leaders - Benton City, WA

Being 100% Independent pulls you out of the group and makes you stand out on the SERP results. I agree 100% the Brokers are their Brand. I always told Realtors to advertise themselves as their Brand and try to rank in Google for their name as an entry-level 101 introduction to SEO. After you are indexed by your name for the Full First Page of Google then move on to a local search term. Get all your customer reviews and keep building your brand as a local Independent Real Estate broker.

Jan 17, 2021 08:49 AM

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