Would you let a Newbie dye your hair or sell you a house?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas

 

My son's girlfriend needs a practice head.  She is a beautician, hair stylist or whatever they are called these days.  She has started working in a salon and I guess she needs to color so many MODELS before she can perform this service on the public.  I applaud the salon for their diligence but it got me thinking.

Would you buy a house from a NEWBIE?  I know, I know.  We are all new at one time or the other.  But buying a house is the single most expensive expenditure in our lives.  (Unless you need a gallbladder operation.)  I want someone who knows what they are doing and are experienced.  When you were new what did you do?  Did you have to work with an experienced agent for so many contracts?  What about you stagers, mortgage lenders and inspectors.

I am sure my hair will be fine.  If I don't like it it will grow out or I can change it or wear a hat.  I haven't seen too many hats on houses though.

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Brenda Harmon>Realtor>Century 21 Beal>College Station, Texas>Farm & Ranch>Probate>Estate>979-575-4663

Comments (13)

Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Brenda,

I wonder if you had the same attitude when you were new?  I agree that the training should be far more in depth than it is.  However I don't think that just applies to newbies, there are agents who have been in the business for years who still couldn't write a solid contract to save their lives.

Jan 03, 2009 03:10 PM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Brian,

I agree.  It seems like some people don't keep up.  I was throwing it out for discussion and playing the devil's advocate. 

Jan 03, 2009 03:16 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

It's not just the hair Brenda.  Those chemicals can burn you or scar you for life.  There's a reason for the training.  I'm glad to see it's enforced by the business she works at.

Too bad more brokers didn't do a better job of insuring proper mentoring and training of agents.

Too bad there isn't a better system of mentoring and training for home inspectors.

Yeah, everybody has to do a first one, but they should have backup checking their steps to ensure the client gets taken care of.

Jan 03, 2009 10:54 PM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Erby,

I think you are right.  Amanda sounds like she has hooked up with a good spa.

I think mentoring is the way to go.

Jan 04, 2009 12:40 AM
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Sometimes newbies make less mistakes than "seasoned" people because they know they don't know and therefore they ask.  Its the people with experience who don't always ask questions when new situations arise (this is true in any profession).

Jan 04, 2009 07:18 AM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Brenda, the NEWBIE shouldn't tell anyone that they're a NEWBIE!!!  Have confidence and they'll never know.

Jan 04, 2009 12:16 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

But Brenda, what do you tell them when they asked that dreaded question.  How many houses have you closed on for buyers (or sellers)?  Honesty counts!

Jan 04, 2009 08:53 PM
James Graner
Residential Services: http://appraisalmo.com - Saint Charles, MO

I see too many beauticians and Real Estate Professionals that are "Experienced" that have added their bad habits to their customer service.

Give me the one fresh out of school, as long as they appear eager to actually be helpful and they really had the education. They will be nervous and there will be mistakes, but appreciative of the oppertunity to try.

Jan 04, 2009 10:57 PM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

My first sale went perfectly.  After the closing the wife asked me how many homes I had sold, and when I told her this was my first, she was shocked.  She said I acted like I had done this for a lifetime.  I had a lot of good people in my agency backing me up and helping me out.  Teamwork is the key for newbies.

Jan 05, 2009 12:41 AM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

When I was new I got help from my mentors but acted confident in front of my clients.

I once listed 3 properties at $1,000,000 (a lot at the time)

After the paperwork was done the couple asked me, "How long have you been in real estate?"

I said, "About six months."  Their mouths fell open.  I will never forget the husband said, "Well, you

are hungry."  We got those properties sold at a good price and at a decent speed.

Jan 05, 2009 12:58 AM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Kinda like public speaking and a lot of other stuff.  People don't see the little goofs etc until you apologize for them.  I learned a long time ago not to point out my goofs by apologizing for them (well, unless they're really atrocious goofs).

I just make a note of it and resolve to do better next time.  Though I usually stumle over my tonuge again the next time too.  Just in a different area.

Jan 05, 2009 09:47 PM
Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ

With any profession training is critical and Real Estate is no exception. Problem is many newbies think they don't need it.

Jan 06, 2009 08:56 AM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Erby,  Well said.

Cameron- Some newbies ask like they know it all but I guess that can be said of some people in general.

Jan 07, 2009 01:08 PM