What Is An Old School REALTOR®?
An old school REALTOR® is someone who sat in a classroom learning about how to get their license to sell real estate before on-line learning or Zoom. Students interacted with the Certified Instructor and students.
What did it take to become an Old School REALTOR®?
It took discipline, hard work, responsibility, honesty, accountability, and a lot of time and money. If a student was late, the doors were locked. A student was tested and the Certified Instructor stayed in the room to make sure nobody was cheating.
How did an Old School REALTOR® get licensed?
Only prospective agents who took and passed the required number of classes and paid their fees were allowed to go into a separate location to take the test. After an appointment was scheduled, the applicant showed their driver's license, paid another fee, and went inside a private room where they were not allowed to see others taking the test. In Texas, no one was allowed to take their purse, cell phone, backpack, notebook, or other personal possessions inside the room other than one pencil. The only person looking at them was the person behind the one-way glass window watching them. This was a timed test. When the person was done, a pop-up box would come up and say STOP! Leave the room. Go see the person at the front desk.
How did an Old School REALTOR® know they passed?
The person at the front desk told them and asked who they wanted to be sponsored with (meaning a BROKER). Their paperwork was sent to their Broker & State. Protocol was followed with the appropriate Broker. If they didn't pass, they had a time period to take more classes and re-test.
Why should I list with an Old School REALTOR®?
An old school REALTOR® has gone through more market shifts (buyer's market, seller's markets, investor's market, short sales, foreclosures, and buyers going through relocation). Is today's Seller's Market anything like it was in the past? NO! It's more complicated and it takes an experienced agent who has lived through the various cycles to navigate the process to buyers and sellers. Also, an Old School REALTOR® is still required to take on-going continuous education.
What does an Old School REALTOR® have that a new agent doesn't have?
An old school REALTOR® has more training, education, and experience. Also, they have invested a lot more time and money to perfect their skills. They should know more people currently in the real estate industry and the areas where buyers or sellers want to list or buy. For example, many knew the developments before builders built homes. They have a lot of background history on the subject of real estate. Old school REALTORS® should be very good at negotiating and following through. Experience is your teacher. They should listen to your questions & concerns and not say, hmmm, let me get back to your, or I don't know. Their work should be flawless (no blank spaces on contracts, know answers to your questions, return phone calls, text, or email), communicate effectively, be prepared for every situation, and emotionally intelligent.
Should I hire an Old School REALTOR®?
Why wouldn't you? You're not buying a pair of shoes or groceries. Buyers and Sellers are dealing with the most expensive investment of their lives. When it comes to a life, would you choose the best physician and surgeon or someone just out of residency? Do you want the best pilot to navigate you to where you want to land or someone in training? In sum, when it comes to real estate, the number of years, training, and experience matters ---Patricia Feager