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Raleigh, NC Real Estate: In Public, Are We Always on Your Best Behavior?

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Written by:
Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, Broker
Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 919.454.8864
Email: darleen@darleenmc.com

I had something really cool happen to me on Friday morning. I was sitting in Camille's Sidewalk Cafe  in Brier Creek having breakfast, and my phone rung. (I try to make it a point to not have extended phone conversations in public, as I find it quite annoying when others do it. However, I was sitting at the back of the restaurant on the couches - away from most patrons so I picked up.)

Woman on phoneThe person who phoned was the Listing Agent responding to my phone call regarding my questions about the Sellers' counter offer Buyer client. We talked through the offer - and I clearly outlined my client's position on certain items. (The Listing Agent and I had a very pleasant conversation - and each of us walked away feeling good about the possibility of sealing the deal.) I then called my client to provide an update to her.

Fast forward a few minutes...a gentleman who was sitting nearby working on his laptop walked over and requested my business card. He indicated that he'd overheard me negotiating on the phone and was impressed with my skill. What a compliment! (I apologized if I disturbed him - because I know that my voice sometimes "carries".) :-) He informed me that my voice wasn't loud at all. (Thank goodness!)

My interaction with the gentleman really made my day - and started me to thinking about the fact that we, as real estate professionals, never know who is watching or listening.

If this gentleman has a real estate need - chances are, he's going to call.

EarWe should always be on our best behavior in public (and in private, too, for that matter!) because it could make the difference between a impressing a potentially new client - or further perpetuating the negative stereotype that some in the Public have about real estate agents.

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to your comments!



REALTOR® on a Mission... NOT Just Seeking a Commission!TM

Phone: 919.454.8864
Website: http://www.darleenmc.com/

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed by those who are part of the ActiveRain community, including those providing comments relating to this blog, are their opinions and their alone - and do NOT reflect the opinions of Darleen McCullen and Keller Williams Realty. Darleen McCullen and Keller Williams Realty are not responsible for the accuracy (or lack thereof) or content provided by others.


Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

You are so right, we never know who is watching and listening---it pays to be on our best behavior.

Sep 07, 2008 12:50 PM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Darleen - That IS a great compliment.  I, like you, despise talking on the phone in public - I could never be one of those walking through the grocery store just chatting away.  So, as for professionalism - does that mean I should flip a driver off when he cuts me off?  :)  Just kidding

Sep 08, 2008 11:00 PM
Dick & Sandy Beals
Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC - Wilmington, NC


That is the definition of character....."doing what you do, when no one is watching"  Many times we get caught (happily)

Dick Beals

Sep 09, 2008 01:40 AM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Cynthia ~ It's true - we never know who is listening or watching. I guess I was in my own little world and not even being conscious that he might have been paying attention to me.

Lesa ~ You are so funny.

Dick ~ It was quite a compliment. I was just doing my job...

Sep 10, 2008 12:34 PM
Linda Jandura
Raleigh Cary Realty - Apex, NC
Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist


Great story, you're right, you never know who's watching/ listening/ etc.

Did you know that your name is mentioned on a featured post- people I miss? I checked you out from that, great work.

Hope to meet you sometime. I'll know you negotiate fairly.


Oct 11, 2008 11:37 AM
Jake Forbes
United Country Forbes Realty & Auctions - Hertford, NC


What a great story.  Keep up the good work!


Oct 12, 2008 01:34 PM
Samson Properties - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

This is a good reason why we should be on our best behaviors always. You never know who is watching you. I hope that the guy you met help bring you many closings,repeated business and referrals. Great story Darleen.

Oct 12, 2008 11:18 PM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Linda ~ Thanks for the heads up! I didn't realize that my name was featured there. I've been away from The Rain for awhile - but am hopefully back in the saddle, as they say!

Jake ~Thanks!

Lanre ~ Thanks! I hope he brings me LOTS of business, too. :-)



Oct 14, 2008 08:35 AM
Latonia Parks
Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV - Fayetteville, NC
Certified Military Relocation Expert

Hi Darleen, I enjoyed your post but must admit I do talk EVERYWHERE for the most part.  I try to be mindful of the area but ....sometimes I want them to hear me talking RE (oops but real).  During the other times, I am trying to get off the phone but the talking on the other side won't stop.  I wish you well and glad to see you back.

Oct 15, 2008 02:36 PM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Latonia ~ Thanks for stopping by. I find that I, too, talk real estate everywhere!

Oct 16, 2008 01:45 AM