Is it one or the other?

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

I friend and fellow Realtor has started teaching other agents the fine art of calling expired listings. He has been very successful with this over the years and felt like he would like to give back. Surprisingly, he has found a passion, teaching. He told me the other day he enjoys teaching even more that the actual practice of real estate. 

Conversely, I started taking a class on higher level finance that I am enjoying immensely. I find that for me, I enjoy very much learning new things. I guess that would be a passion of mine. It will not, at least in the foreseeable future, replace the practice of real estate for me.

So two people, one loves teaching and the other loves learning. Which is better? Well, I don't think you can have one without the other.

Thanks to all those who love to impart knowledge. And thanks to all who love to receive it.

So remember, there is much to learn about buying and selling real estate, pick a good teacher to help you.

Posted by

Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545


I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.

Comments (18)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have always liked learning new things and will take extra CE classes just for the education. I know I do not have the patience to be a teacher, however

Feb 09, 2021 05:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Peter - life's journeys takes us in many directions.  Sometimes, there are detours that appear quite natural while others seem a bit unusual.  I think it's a part of life.  Not good nor bad.  Not left nor right.  Not black nor white --- not even grey(or is it gray?).  

Feb 09, 2021 06:06 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Peter den Boer - great post.  Personally, I have a passion for both.

Feb 09, 2021 06:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely post, and I enjoy both teaching and learning.  There is so much in our world that keeps evolving, and it is fun to keep up.  A

Feb 09, 2021 07:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Peter- very interesting. Maybe the person who is a better teacher is one who also loves what he or she learns from teaching. 

Feb 09, 2021 08:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Peter,  Great blog.  I really enjoy learning new things, and I feel it is important for me to impart some of this knowledge to others.  I think I have a little of each.

Feb 09, 2021 08:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Feb 13, 2021 06:30 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Peter den Boer - I have the most passion to learn things I can utilize.

Feb 14, 2021 05:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Peter. I strive to be an island of excellence in a sea of mediocrity. But the bigger my island gets the more I need to know. And a big part of learning is teaching. Enjoy your day!

Feb 14, 2021 05:28 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I am always learning something, and I hope I am teaching as well.

Feb 14, 2021 07:44 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Peter,

I'm so glad Kathy included your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. I definitely like to learn new things that apply to my passion of real estate. I enjoy sharing, teaching through the mentoring process.

Feb 14, 2021 08:09 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Even if you don't go in for having a formal teacher, I find that every real estate transaction has twists and turns and are their own "teaching moment". 

Feb 14, 2021 11:55 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Peter - luckily there are those who teach and those who listen- you should join us on Tuesday's 2 PM on ZOOM I think you would enjoy it and perhaps we would listen - Glad Kathy Streib featured this 

Feb 14, 2021 01:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Thank goodness there are so many, here on AR and elsewhere, who are willing to share what they know so we all can learn. I suspect there is a little of both in all of us!


Feb 14, 2021 07:44 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes it really is that hard to tell but I think you nailed it pretty darn well this time! :)

Feb 14, 2021 10:49 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I think that a good agent is a teacher & gives advice when necessary to help the buyers make a good decision. 

Feb 15, 2021 07:33 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Peter I've long that a good teacher is also an avid learner. I have a passion for both and it all works together well for me.

Feb 15, 2021 09:54 AM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

 I love learning.  I a very grateful for teachers!

Have a Happy Day!

Feb 15, 2021 07:31 PM

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