Blessed to Have Had Experienced Agents as My Guides

Real Estate Agent

Occasionally, real estate professionals will debate the pros and cons of sharing trade secrets.

Although, I am now a retired Realtor after 40 years, I remember thinking when I first entered the real estate business in November 1981 that I was entering a "cut-throat" business.

This month, Debe Maxwell has presented the ActiveRain “2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge.”  This Challenge offers an opportunity to contemplate blessings we enjoy.

My first office, had about a dozen experienced professional old-timers in it, and I was the rookie.  Imagine my shock when I asked the question, "What's the interest rate these days?"  The answer was an incendiary 18 1/2%.  I thought how can I sell real estate in a market like this? 

The agent at the desk behind me coaxed me to look for the 1 in 20 houses, which had an assumable loan, with a low interest rate, but little equity.  That way, a buyer with a little cash for a down, could do a loan assumption, and if need be - possibly put on a second for a few years.

Without that 3-minute suggestion from that very experienced and helpful agent, I would have never seen my "career" off the ground.

Shortly thereafter, another agent walked me over to the supply drawer, and helped me assemble a Buyer package, and a Listing package.  Again, it was the experienced agents in the office, who mentored me to my beginning success. I was truly blessed to have chosen that particular office, with those incredible agents, who freely mentored and shared their wealth of experience.

I was in my first office for the next 10 years, until it closed its doors to the Sacramento real estate bust of 1991.  But, over the years, I repaid those helpful agents, by helping tend their escrows, when they went on vacation, or letting in an occasional appraiser, home inspector, or termite repairman, etc.

While the agents in the beginning of my career were a blessing to me, I always endeavored to be a blessing to new agents entering our profession. 

Be a blessing in someone else’s life today.  We'll all be the better for it!

*The following photo was taken in the early 1980s, at the beginning of my real estate career.  It was before I became white-haired.
Myrl Jeffcoat - Early 1980s

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Comments (26)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - the people we choose to gather around us makes a difference.  In real estate and in everyday life.  

Nov 22, 2022 10:48 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Roy Kelley - You're welcome!

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I am convinced I would never have made it as a Realtor without those agents generously sharing their wealth of information.

Ed Silva - They were so very kind and caring that I was more and happy to cover for them when they were on vacation, or other activities.

Nov 22, 2022 03:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Will Hamm - I hope you and your family have a wonderful Turkey Day too.

George Souto - When I look back on my early years, and those thoughtful agents, I realize more and more how special they were.

Nov 22, 2022 03:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Nina Hollander, Broker - At the time, I don't believe I realized how really unusual it was for them to take me under their wing like they did.  After our office closed during a difficult market downturn, I moved to another real estate company that was highly thought of in our city.  Things were quite different there.  Fortunately, the previous 10 years in my first office carried me through.

Michael Jacobs - Your words ring especially true.  I was tempted to go to another company when first licensed.  The reason for that is my favorite color is red, and the agents there wore red coats.  I don't know what my experience would have been had I ended up there.  But, I do know putting on a gold jacket in the first office I ended up, was very very fortunate.

Nov 22, 2022 03:28 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl,

You were very blessed to work in an office with agents who mentored you.  I started 30 years later after a career in the staffing industry,  and I worked at an agency where everyone was out for themselves.  I changed agencies and couldn't be happier.  We all work as a team and I will help any agent that want s my input.

Nov 22, 2022 04:25 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

First of all ,love that photo!

Second, you were indeed lucky to have such a supportive office/agents. I had the opposite experience. This was a wonderful gratitude post to read.

Nov 23, 2022 05:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Myrl- your post reminded me of when I was an agent for one year in the late 80s. A beautiful lady who'd been in Real Estate for 30 years took me under her wing. Every day we drove around the neighborhoods looking at new listings. She could tell you what every home in the area sold for and if updates had been made. 

Nov 26, 2022 04:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 26, 2022 06:26 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am glad that Kathy Streib chose to include you in her weekly selection - enjoyed reading it and the comments! - what a great photo of you! 

Nov 27, 2022 06:33 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

What a blessing to have landed in an office with 'angel agents to help guide and mentor you Myrl! They indeed changed your professional path with those few simple ideas.....awesome!  And 40 years later you know just how special that all was in making a difference!

Nov 27, 2022 09:11 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Myrl-  those helpful mentors were repaid by your gratitude and I am sure you payed it forward by helping new agents.

Nov 28, 2022 03:30 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Myrl Jeffcoat What a beautiful post so glad Kathy Streib  Featured it as I missed it 

Nov 28, 2022 11:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Myrl,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. You were so fortunate to have those "old timer" mentors. Love the photo and for haring a wonderful gratitude post!

Nov 28, 2022 08:43 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Oh my what a blessing for you to begin in a more kinder setting. The business in some larger brokerage models focuses on keeping people dependent which is not the same as training and mentoring. I had mentors in another profession prior to real estate and their sales wisdom helped me get started with building a sphere based on relationships. The rest was up to me to always be learning. Thank you for giving back here!

Nov 29, 2022 05:53 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree! I’m so grateful for being able to be on this site and clean all the knowledge from everybody on here throughout the years

Nov 29, 2022 08:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s always good to have somebody we can have patience enough to teach you and to guide you in the right direction in your life

Nov 29, 2022 08:55 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Just wanted to come back and say rhatI’m definitely grateful for all of you guys and gals with all the good advice you give me for a decade or so now!

Nov 29, 2022 09:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

What a nice tribute to agents who helped you, and clearly you helped back in many ways. That should be the way of the world!Be a blessing in someone else’s life today.  We'll all be the better for it!"


This particular sentence really says it all - "

Nov 30, 2022 07:03 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

How fortunate that you had caring, experienced agents to guide you initially, and I am sure you paid it forward many times during your career. 

Dec 06, 2022 09:26 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl, so happy I discovered this post; I could have missed your photo from the past. Love it!  Secondly, I know and appreciate all the Mentors I have been gifted with in my life.  I have always felt, after 6 years of college, how untrained Real Estate Agents, Realtors are when they enter their new professional career.  Lucky are those who joined offices with good training and helpful mentors.

Feb 12, 2023 11:44 PM