What Makes Me Exceptional

Real Estate Agent with LoKation Real Estate 3087750

It seems every time I talk to Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, I get off the phone with an idea for a blog.  Last night she asked me, So do you have an idea for a blog?  I told her no, and I really didn't.  But lo and behold, an hour later, I did. So here goes.   best dog friendly realtor 55 gated communities delray beach florida

This month Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 and John Meussner want to know what makes you exceptional as an agent.  

I think there are two things that make me stand out from my peers in real estate.  

The first goes my back to my parents.  They were truly people of integrity who taught me to do the right thing.   

The second goes back to my years as a Court Reporter. 

In Court Reporting, things have to be done a certain way - the right way.  Transcripts have to go out as near perfect as possible so they don't read (phonetic.)   Listening to years of testimony and doing research in the days before Google taught me a great many things.

I was trained as a Court Reporter, not as a Realtor.  And that training has stuck with me and helped me throughout my years in real estate and continues to help me today.

I think my years as a Court Reporter give me a distinct advantage over many agents who don't know how to write a contract, or what it means to write a contract, or where that contract can end up.  I do because I've marked them as exhibits.

Through my years in reporting, I dealt with people from all walks of life.  After almost 20 years in real estate, I can honestly say the same thing.  

It taught me how to find what buyers are looking for, no matter how much research it may entail or how many hours it may take me.  It taught me to be resourceful and how to figure it out.  And if I can't figure it out, it taught me to send them to the proper person so they get what they need.

I think it gives me a distinct advantage ahead of many agents who don't know we have a Code of Ethics.  It's hard to believe, but it's true.  We see it every day.  

My customers and clients come first.  They always have, and they know it.   I work hard for my reviews, and I think they speak volumes.  

I've volunteered on the Grievance Committee for years, and now on Professional Standards, where I continue to learn.   

Now I listen to hearings and arbitrations instead of taking them down on a machine.  It's come full circle.

Lou Ludwig once told me, If people like you and trust you, they'll do business with you.  That's the key - like and trust.  

When I'm working with buyers and sellers, they get the good, the bad and the ugly from me.  Why?  Because I'm honest to a fault and tell them the truth.  They have a right to know the truth.  They need someone who is going to be honest with them. 

Honesty and integrity are not something you can buy or pretend to be.  Either you have those qualities or you don't.  I'm very grateful I have them.

Buying or selling real estate is a big expense, as well as an emotional expense, for people.  Your clients are putting their trust in you.  Honesty and integrity is paramount.

I often approach a house and see the end result.  Why?  Because working in court, we only saw the worst cases.   So when I'm looking through a house, or on an inspection, my mind is racing.   Buyers are looking at cabinets.  I'm looking at safety - roofs, windows, and the like.  

I try to avoid potential pitfalls for the buyers and sellers I work with.   Their well being is always top in my mind.

Sometimes the hairs on my neck will stand up or I'll get a funny feeling, and I know something's up.   I can't help it.  It's that training again.  I'm forever grateful for it has served me and, in turn, my clients, well.


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Comments (26)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elyse Berman, PA  loved your post and I still remember you and I were on the phone and you just left Lou Ludwig.... we are on the same page, now with that said you should have given more kudos to yourself for being a Pet Friendly Realtor:)Endre

Jul 24, 2023 09:44 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you.  I remember.  You know, I didn't think about it until you mentioned it, but it goes along with what I said.  Hours of research went into building that list, the research which is constantly changing and so on.  

How about a few weeks ago a woman called looking for a home with a six-foot fence in a gated community.  Many gated communities in her price point do not allow fences and dogs her size, and those that do cut them off at five feet.  After reading for hours, I found her the perfect house.  She disappeared.  Her loss really because if it took me hours.  I can only imagine where she will end up.  Oh, and it had to be in a certain location.  I chalked it up to learning.  Now I know for the next time.

Jul 29, 2023 01:26 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

LOVE this post and see you in every word of it Elyse! I'm so glad Margaret encouraged you to explore your mind, come up with a topic...and Voila! GREAT JOB!

I believe your parents integrity and ethics shaped you and being a court reporter built on that, leading you to be so exceptional in our business. And, you (and Lou) are so right - people do business with those they know, like & trust. That is why you are so successful! 

Fantastic post again - thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge!

Jul 24, 2023 09:50 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

OMG Debe Maxwell, CRS , I am truly humbled by your comment.  Thank you.  

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 can get a blog out of anyone!  And it's amazing, those I plan and fret over are a struggle and those I sit down and just write, look what happens.  Amazing.

Jul 29, 2023 01:51 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This month’s challenge has been so great at sharing with all of us what each writer values in themselves and in our career choice. I really enjoyed hearing how your court reporting trained you for real estate

Jul 25, 2023 03:52 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Lise.  It's been a little crazy here, but I am headed over to read the entries.

Jul 29, 2023 01:52 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful post, Elyse! You were truly singing my song! I, too, have served on our Grievance Committee... and the mind boggles about some of the things I've heard. You can't ever "lose" when you do the right thing, do the right thing, and keep your clients' best interests at heart first and foremost.

Jul 25, 2023 04:40 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

You're so right, Nina.  Seems we have a lot in common - pets, grievance, NY...

Jul 29, 2023 01:53 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Honesty and integrity are so ingrained in your life, which is an exceptional trait.

Family and court reporter high ethics has set you up well for real estate.

Jul 25, 2023 05:00 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you faye schubert .I honestly don't know any other way to be.  

Jul 29, 2023 01:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Elyse,

What a great entry into the July challenge. It is interesting to see the different professions agents formerly were in before getting their real estate license. As a court reporter you were definitely prepared for crossing all your t's and dotting all you i's! Being ethical and caring about your clients are exactly how you do business!

Jul 25, 2023 05:16 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good afternoon Dorie,

Thank you.  Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 can get a blog out of anyone!  Sometimes to a fault, but it's just who I am, and it's a little too late to change now.  

Jul 29, 2023 01:56 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

HEY Elyse Berman, PA,  Maybe I should have shared how I can get a post out of anyone for this contest. So glad you entered and were also featured!

Jul 29, 2023 02:11 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Integrity is an important quality to have, not just in real estate, but in life!  I think that your years in court reporting also taught you to be a really good listener and that likely benefits you with clients.

Jul 25, 2023 07:25 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

You're so right Brian.  People like to know they're being heard.  And  integrity is important in all aspects of life.  

Jul 29, 2023 02:32 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and I can see why you are so good and glad to know you for sure here in the Rain.

Jul 25, 2023 08:44 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

What a nice thing to say Will.  I'm glad to know you too!

Jul 29, 2023 02:32 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Great entry for this month's contest, Elyse : )  Learned something new about you, but already knew you were exceptional!

Jul 25, 2023 08:53 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Aw, thanks John.  You are too kind.   What a humbling experience this has been.

Jul 29, 2023 02:33 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

No doubt, these characteristics have served you very well in this industry and in life. Well deserved feature.

Jul 25, 2023 08:57 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Paula.  It's the only way I know how to be.

Jul 29, 2023 02:34 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Elyse Berman, PA it is easy to see from the blogs you write that you are exceptional at what you do.

Jul 25, 2023 04:23 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

George Souto Thank you for your very kind words.  I wish I could write more blogs.  I think I need more calls from Margaret.

Jul 29, 2023 02:35 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Elyse Berman, PA What a great post! I can tell from reading you always kept your clients in mind by showing them your honesty and integrity. "Honesty and integrity are not something you can buy or pretend to be."  

Jul 26, 2023 09:25 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Jerry Newman Thank you!  Yes, exactly!   People who are not honest may pretend to be, but it will catch up with them.  

Jul 29, 2023 02:37 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It all comes down to "honesty and integrity is paramount!"  Excellent message!

Jul 27, 2023 05:11 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kat!  

Jul 29, 2023 02:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 29, 2023 05:57 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kathy Streib !

Aug 04, 2023 12:06 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elyse. If you travel the road of honesty and integrity your journey bodes well for your customer and more importantly you. Great entry. Enjoy. your day.

Jul 30, 2023 05:00 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good afternoon Wayne, It's the only road I know.  Thank you for your kind words.  Enjoy your weekend.

Aug 04, 2023 12:10 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Wise and wonderful Elyse Berman, PA You continue to serve your public in many ways. Thanks for for elevating our Profession hear in the Gold Coast of Florida!

Years ago I was entrenched in a legal dispute for my $40K commission with a broker who hired a lawyer in the prairie lands of Pembroke Pines before the impact of development to fight politician lawyers on Miami Beach.  Wish I had known you then.  Despite a two year battle and walking away with zippo I chose to believe karma would get those folks.  OH and the President of the Miami Beach Board of Realtors was involved on the other side.  You cant make this stuff up

Jul 30, 2023 06:32 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for your kind words Eileen. 

You never can Eileen.  I believe in karma too.  

Aug 04, 2023 12:17 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jul 30, 2023 07:41 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thanks Kristin!  Enjoy your weekend!

Aug 04, 2023 12:43 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello Elyse Berman, PA - I've said it over and over and over.  We bring our past experience, training, education, and development to the real estate table. So many skills that others do not have and lack professionalism.  

Like you, I was raised to understand and know the difference between right and wrong. Too many people justify their wrong-doings and make it okay. My Dad was military. Believe me, we obeyed! 

Court reporter requires massive discipline and doing things the right way.  

No doubt in my mind that you set yourself apart and rise above, way way way above others in the industry and in your market. 

Jul 30, 2023 08:43 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hello Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist 

I'll bet you had to obey growing up in a military family!  You understand and we think alike.

It's not that I set myself apart.  I really don't do that.  That was Margaret's idea when she talked me into doing a blog on the phone that day. 

It's the lack of not doing the right thing and not bothering to learn it that drives me crazy - and then thinking it's okay.  Does that make sense?

There are great agents in my area.  People who work hard, understand what they have to do and do it.  And then there are the rest.  You know what I'm talking about.  

Having prior training, whatever it is, is a plus in real estate.

Aug 04, 2023 12:49 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Yes, it does make sense Elyse Berman, PA - it makes total sense. I do know what you are talking about. 


Aug 04, 2023 04:20 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Great post... you really highlight how your background has enhanced your skills as an agent!  Well done!

Jul 30, 2023 11:15 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kathy!  What a kind thing to say!

Aug 04, 2023 12:53 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a great post, integrity and ethics, two great pillars to stand upon. Well done, this was well written and clear for anyone to understand. you obviously deserve all those reviews.

Aug 01, 2023 10:50 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for your kind words Nick.  Enjoy your weekend!

Aug 04, 2023 01:00 PM