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Often A 10 Gallon Hat Is Not Large Enough for a Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Agent with Dirt Road Real Estate SA676002000

Real estate agents and REALTORS® wear different hats. For me being located here in the high desert of Mohave County, AZ, the image of a 10 gallon hat came to mind.

Not only is that hat very large, the hat becomes heavier as the relationship between myself and the clients continues to grow. Then when an offer is accepted, more items are added to the hat and soon it is so heavy I feel it may crush me with its weight.

Here are some of the items though not necessarily all:

  • Completing real estate purchase contract and all necessary addenda from septic to well to homeowner’s association to contingency to ….
  • Coordinating schedules with all inspectors, home, termite, solar, well, etc., as well as ensuring clients may the necessary payments
  • Securing all additional documents if not already provided permits, disclosures, etc.
  • Reading all necessary documents such as preliminary title report, maps, deeds, etc.
  • Answering all emails, texts (ugh) and phone calls from all parties involved
  • Monitoring time lines to ensure clients, title and other agent are in compliance with contractual timelines from earnest funds to close of escrow funds
  • Being present for all inspections as well as appraisal if a loan is involved
  • Attending court ordered sales
  • Placing and removing signs on property (if listing agent)
  • Scheduling appointment for pickup of keys, etc after recording
  • Finalizing internal files for the real estate transaction
  • Ensuring broker has all necessary paperwork

Yes, at the end of the real estate transaction, that hat is very full and very heavy.

Having a professional real estate agent wear that 10 gallon hat makes far more sense than wearing the hat yourself because as the seller or buyer you have your own 10 gallon hat to wear.

Remember wearing the 10 gallon hat is what I do at Dirt Road Real Estate do as I go the extra mile because Life Begins Where the Pavement Ends. Call me at 219.508.2859 and yes I relocated from the Midwest, NW, IN to NW, AZ, Mohave County, AZ, Golden Valley, AZ. 

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Leanne M. Smith, MS, GRI, rCRMS

2018 KGVAR Rookie Realtor of the Year-55+
219.508.2859 MST
Life Begins Where the Pavement Ends
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Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Cute analogy that we all here in Texas can relate very well with. We love our 10-gallon hats! :)

Feb 15, 2024 08:13 AM
Leanne Smith

Hmm kinda of like all hat and no cattle? Thanks for your comment. I do wear a cowboy hat.

Feb 15, 2024 08:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning! The brain under that 10 gallon hat has a lot of things to know/do/consider!!


Feb 15, 2024 08:24 AM
Leanne Smith

Yes it surely does. Thank you

Feb 15, 2024 08:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Leanne - beyond the old saying, "clothes make the man" --- analogies of things found in everyday life seem to fit many experiences.   You sized up the importance of real estate professionalism quite well.  

Feb 15, 2024 09:10 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you for that succinct comment and summary.  Yes clothes are important.

Feb 15, 2024 11:59 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Leanne,

Love the analogy and we love our hats in Texas! Kat Palmiotti is right "The brain under that 10 gallon hat has a lot of things to know/do/consider!!" Sometimes you need to keep that hat on so none of that knowledge seeps out! LOL! Well done and congratulations on the well deserved featured post!

Feb 15, 2024 11:56 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you for the congratulations and glad you enjoyed the post as well.

Feb 15, 2024 11:58 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Leanne Smith In life we all must wear many hats to get our points across.  Sometimes, taking it off and letting your hair blow in the wind may be necessary. 

Feb 15, 2024 11:57 AM
Leanne Smith

Yes and then to remember to put the hat back on is also important.

Feb 15, 2024 11:59 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Doing so much and get appreciated very little sometimes.  All the best.

Feb 15, 2024 02:35 PM
Leanne Smith

Truth and the public is not aware of all of these actions.

Feb 15, 2024 02:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Leanne Smith  what a great post so glad it got the Gold Star.... I have seen so many good posts that did not, maybe the Feature Ferries are back?:)Endre

Feb 15, 2024 10:10 PM
Leanne Smith

Hmm Endre Barath, Jr. I do not know about the Feature Ferries. I was surprised it did receive an AR feature rather quickly. So glad you enjoyed the post. And yes I agree there have been other posts that were very good as well.

Feb 16, 2024 05:27 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Feb 16, 2024 04:36 AM
Leanne Smith

May you also have an enjoyable Freya's Day. Thank you for stopping by.

Feb 16, 2024 05:34 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am always amazed when some agents can fit 20 lbs of BS into a 10-gallon hat, haha.

Feb 16, 2024 04:38 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308

Brian England 

Now that is funny:)

Feb 16, 2024 05:09 AM
Leanne Smith

I agree with Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308 You are sometimes so beyond funny with the truth.

Feb 16, 2024 05:34 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This is so true. For me, the hat after the sale is also huge. I always get a call when they need a new roof, the plumbing is on the blink, they need furniture or directions to a good Indian or Italian restaurant. I am always happy to help.

Feb 16, 2024 06:36 AM
Leanne Smith

I also receive those calls.  For my potential clients and clients, I provide a resource page of local numbers with a qualifying statement I am not recommending any of these individuals or firms.

Feb 16, 2024 06:38 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Your list of the jobs and duties involved in an average transaction is lengthy. Yet doing all of those things well makes your clients think that the transaction was fairly easy (except for those that are not). At the end, you can tip your ten-gallon hat, smile and ride off to the next transaction.

Feb 16, 2024 07:10 AM
Leanne Smith

Great points and yes "At the end, you can tip your ten-gallon hat, smile and ride off to the next transaction."  Then send off a thank you note and keep in touch.

Feb 16, 2024 07:13 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I developed a totally different perspective of realtors once I was introduced to the world of real estate via learning to help them market themselves and what they REALLY had to do to earn a living!

Feb 16, 2024 07:49 AM
Leanne Smith

Good morning. Having several executive coaching clients as real estate agents I saw many of the issues and why so many leave the industry within a few years. Marketing is just one aspect. There is far more liability for agents once the contract is accepted.

Feb 16, 2024 08:51 AM