REALTORS Who Read Go To The Head Of The Class

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ReadingIn the old days of the bookmobiles and also libraries pushing their services on you, they came up with a slogan that, "Reading is fundamental." It really is. It is a building block on which all the knowledge you have in the future is built on. You will be different five years from now with the people you meet in your life AND what you read.

REALTORS Who Read Go To The Head Of The Class.

While this is true for Realtors it really is true for anyone. Are you reading? Are you reading a lot? I have read many blogs here about TV free zones partially or for an entire week. What a novel idea. Why don't you allocate two hours to reading tonight instead of TV?

Reading of all kinds, fiction, non-fiction, blogs, magazines, takes you places. It makes you think and explore. It gives you the "edge" over your competition. Why? You are learning. Shoot I got my start reading the backs of cereal boxes and also billboards. Now I read the nutritional information on Coke cans. Go figure.

The point is if you want to be the BEST immerse yourself in all kinds of reading - class material, novels, technical info, literature, the insert in audio CDs - you name it there is something to read. BE A VORACIOUS READER and learn to read more quickly to soak more in.

Remember you want to be the one at the head of the class. Enjoy your reading, and then help others with all you learned. You will become so invaluable you will probably amaze even yourself. Do not prejudge anything you read. Give it some time and find the nugget in there that relates to you. We need more sharp cookies in the world like YOU. Reading is the path to get you there.


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Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Hi Gary. A very welcome post this morning which I will have my daughter read. My husband and I both enjoy reading but my daughter appears to have not inherited that from us and it is so important, especially for children who don't undertand that reading helps comprehension. And for adults, reading is priceless.

Jan 28, 2009 10:52 PM #28
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Gary:

Great advice.  I also think some Realtors should also start with reading their contracts, attorney letters and inspection reports! -

Jan 28, 2009 11:25 PM #29
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Gary, Great reminder.  We are always trying to remind our children to read, read, read.  It carries over into adult life - and it opens a whole new world. 

Jan 28, 2009 11:55 PM #30
Alisha Harrison
John L. Scott, Belfair - Belfair, WA
Allyn, Belfair and Hood Canal real estate expert!

I plan to read a lot more this year. I don't turn my TV on most days. We DVR the few shows we enjoy and have a TV night once a week and just burn through all of them on one night. I used to turn it on for background noise while working/blogging/cleaning at home but I've gone back to listening to music instead. My books had been piling up, I kept buying them even though I didn't "have time" to read them. Now, I'm making time to read again... I just love a good book! ~A:)

Jan 29, 2009 01:39 AM #31
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You may not know this, but I used to sell magazines over the phone when I was 17. I'd get customers who were resistant and offered excuses that they had no time to read, to which I'd counter, "Bet you read the back of cereal boxes at the breakfast table."

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Jan 29, 2009 02:19 AM #32
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Gary I agree whole heartidly!  Reading makes the world go round.  Professional mags, guru's books, and fun stuff too!  I so enjoyed Marley & Me as I was recouping this month.  Toula made me smile with her great point/suggestion too!  Do we have a book review group here in the rain?  I'm off to check that out.

Your Raleigh Realtors!

Jan 29, 2009 04:15 AM #33
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Gary:  I love the hunt for information.  I don't read a heck of a lot of fiction anymore.  I like to learn about people.  And of course, I love to learn about my own business and bettering myself.

Jan 29, 2009 06:32 AM #34
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Reading about real estate and mortgage developments certainly lifts you up to the top tier in the knowledge department, but it also gives you more confidence in interacting with your clients. That can be invaluable.


Jan 29, 2009 11:15 AM #35
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Gary, I'm an avid reader.  My problem is, when I find a good book, I'll read the entire thing in one day and "block off" the world.  SO, I only read really good books on vacations now, lol.  I'll read 5 or 6 books in a week while traveling..Motivational, business, etc., I can read and shut the book when I"m busy.  I'd rather lose myself in a good fiction, but know I have to keep learning!

Jan 29, 2009 12:13 PM #36
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Gary, Reading is kowledge, and knowledge is power.  It is the road to success!

Jan 29, 2009 02:37 PM #37
Suzanne Gallegos
Equity Real Estate - Advantage - Salt Lake City, UT
Realtor - Salt Lake City, Utah Homes

HI Gary,

Yes! I so agree with you. There is so much available to us in the form of the written word. We must take advantage of the opportunities to learn and grow!

Jan 29, 2009 03:18 PM #38
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Gary I love to read, it is one my favorite hobbies. I love to read in the bath tub because I can't take my lap top in there. I love to read on the back of the boat in the summer, because I don't want my lap top splashed and I love to read on planes.

Now I still somehow manage to read at least two books a week, because I love the written word.

Jan 30, 2009 02:01 AM #39
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

I love reading, and it fascinates me how a child can learn to read. I usually have about a dozen books next to my bed...My life would be a blank book without the written word!!

Jan 30, 2009 11:22 AM #40
Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Gary-Great blog..I love to read, but I just do not have the time anymore to really read alot. Your blog made me want to find a book and start reading though....maybe I will.... LOL

Jan 30, 2009 03:54 PM #41
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Gary, you know I am a big reader.  I do need to branch out and read things other than fiction.  This is a weak point for me.  I am featuring this in the group

Realtors and friends that read.

Feb 14, 2009 09:25 AM #42
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Susan: Thanks. You're one of the best REALTOR readers I know. Don't worry about reading too much fiction, cause I read too much non-fiction. I think fiction is better for our vocabularly, and escaping away with our imaginations into the stories and characters and settings. You're so nice for doing a feature on this one in the Group.

Feb 14, 2009 10:16 AM #43
The Rains Team
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Hoschton, GA
A higher standard in real estate

Gary, Great post! I agree with you that reading is very important and thankfully it is something that I really enjoy doing! I hope to pass this positive habit onto my (future) children someday!

Your Voracious Reader, :-)  


Feb 16, 2009 02:46 PM #44
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

You are preaching to the choir!  I could give up my television, but not my books....

Mar 12, 2009 01:33 AM #45
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Books can be great friends as well as a source of inspriatio and learning.

Mar 15, 2009 11:08 PM #46
Jackie DeShazer
Montana Country Real Estate - Libby, MT

Gary I agree reading is a great learning tool! I love it and I set aside about about an hour every night before I go to sleep to read.

Mar 28, 2009 03:14 PM #47
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