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Two Essentials for Success in Real Estate.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

Good grooming, a MUST for Salespersons.

It seems silly to have to say it BUT anyone in sales or service should be well groomed and know basic manors. I am at a loss to recollect the last time I met a poorly groomed Realtor in my MLS. Sure, some could use a tip or two on color coordination in regards to their wardrobe but I've never met one with horrible breath or a shirt saturated in body order.

As far as manors... I'd go so far as to say about 75% of the Real Estate Professionals I know could use the advice of Miss Manors (Judith Martin).

Her material is dated but I see many have picked up her cause on social media. She once said: "You can deny all you want that there is etiquette, and a lot of people do in everyday life. But if you behave in a way that offends the people you're trying to deal with, they will stop dealing with you..."

If your attitude is "I don't need to read about etiquette" chances are YOU DO!

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob, I always say you need to dress for success.  Some people I see in jeans and t shirts and wonder why they do not do much business.

 

Mar 19, 2024 08:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's amazing to me that they just don't get it Will Hamm . Jeans and T-shirts are fine for the unemployed which is where most Realtors who dress that way will end up.

Mar 19, 2024 08:36 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I had a closing in the fall for $960,000.   Buyers agent shows up in jeans.  Wow.

Mar 19, 2024 08:53 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Michael Elliott I need to add that I do not say anything about dressing up or even attire here. I am talking about good grooming (body odor, bad breath, unkempt hair, and so on.

Mar 20, 2024 12:37 PM
Michael Elliott

Bob "RealMan" Timm   I try to never get that close !

Mar 20, 2024 12:50 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

You made me LOL Michael Elliott as I feel the same way but there are times it just can not be avoided... like showing older single wide mobile homes. 😊

Mar 20, 2024 12:58 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Wow is right Michael Elliott . Hopefully they were representing a very close friend or a relative BUT even at that they (friend or relative) are owed more respect than that (I felt that true even if the property is a mobile home).

Mar 19, 2024 09:02 AM
Michael Elliott

They were not.   It was a referral.  

Mar 19, 2024 09:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

HI Bob... sadly, I've seen a ton of bad dressers in this business. I remember one closing where the buyer's agent showed up in what looked like swim shorts, flip flops, and a t-shirt.

Mar 19, 2024 09:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Wow Nina Hollander, Broker . When she was not selling Real Estate did she stand on the corner with her motor running? 😄 I do remember posting once about an agent here who's short dress was so tight she could not show the upstairs of a home to one of my friends.

Mar 19, 2024 10:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Bob "RealMan" Timm hi Bob... this was a male agent, not a female. But I've seen female agents show up in outfits that looked like pajama onesies.

Mar 19, 2024 10:58 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Nina Hollander, Broker I failed to clarify that the reason she could not show the upstairs was that her dress was so tight she could not do stairs.

 

Your example reminds me of an agent here who is 70's cool... Dude.

Mar 19, 2024 12:52 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Yeppir lmao.  Those of us who deny the strongest, on any issue, probably the biggest offender.  Make it a great day.  m

Mar 19, 2024 11:06 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That's right Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho . It makes me go right to the subject of sensitivity training. 😊

Mar 19, 2024 12:55 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob - when we first moved to FL many many years ago, we walked into a new home sales office and I couldn't believe it...the sales consultant looked like a hooker going to a cocktail party. 

Mar 19, 2024 07:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob "RealMan" Timm  26 years ago I was wearing a suit and tie and one of the top producers from West Hollywood was wearing shorts, t-shirt and flip flops... then a famous actor came to my office and smiled and said you need to loosen up clearly you are not from here.... I lost close to 200 ties and I still have them in the closet... Diane is wondering when will I donate them:)Endre

Mar 19, 2024 10:10 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Endre Barath, Jr. I need to add I do not say anything about dressing up or even attire here. I am talking about good grooming (body odor, bad breath, unkempt hair, and so on.

Mar 20, 2024 12:35 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There certainly seems to be less emphasis on respecting others in general these days, that is what I see as the biggest issue, everyone seems to only be concerned about themselves, haha.

Mar 20, 2024 05:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have definitely seen that look on occasion here as well Kathy Streib . It's to bad that their morals are that low and even worse that it works on some clients.

Mar 20, 2024 05:30 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I get that there are different standards where ever you go but I am willing to bet that you would have been just as successful in your career had you continued with the suits and ties because you are just plain AWESOME Endre Barath, Jr. BTW I am talking about good grooming (body odor, bad breath, unkempt hair, and so on.

Mar 20, 2024 05:34 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Well Bob we'll have to disagree on this one!  Here in PHX (out west) it is more relaxed and I'm fine with that! Boots and jeans is quite normal around here.  In fact, if a guy is wearing a suit, it means he's an attorney heading to court - joking here!!

Mar 20, 2024 11:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Anna "Banana" Kruchten several others also misread my remarks as I do not say anything about dressing up or even attire here. I am talking about good grooming (body odor, bad breath, unkempt hair, and so on.

Mar 20, 2024 12:33 PM