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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I feel zero need to socialize with local Realtors.  I do not understand how this networking within your own field came to be.  They'll not list with me nor refer their clients to me, nor I with them.

I agree with Michael Jacobs that acting in a civil manner is a part of doing business and I would much rather network with other professions or Realtors from out of area, say in ActiveRain?

Jul 17, 2015 01:40 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I would rather network with people from Active Rain Debbie. I do not spend that much time with local agents except a hi here and there.

Jul 17, 2015 01:12 AM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Oh very important.  We always share each others listing info just in case we have the perfect customer.

Jul 17, 2015 01:09 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Depends on how you define "network".  I don't need to be friends or party with other agents but acting professionally and civilly goes a long way -- it's a party of doing business.   

Jul 17, 2015 12:37 AM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
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Very as you received many referrals from these agents.

Jul 17, 2015 12:23 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds well, it is important - very important. This helps in our transactions - both ways. For our buyers and for our listings, too.

Jul 17, 2015 11:58 AM
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Jennifer Provencio
San Diego County and Central Valley - Oceanside, CA
The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist

I love networking locally as well as on line. Both have benefits.

Jul 17, 2015 05:12 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

In my immediate area, not so much... but I'm always happy to run across local colleagues. You never know what juicy stuff you might find out about! (Besides, I'm in a market with over 6,000 agents--impossible to really network with so many.)

Jul 17, 2015 03:56 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I think it is very important. I belonged to a commercial networking where our goal was to develop relationships and promote our listings. A group of agent's, lenders, etc. we know we could trust and get a deal done.

Jul 17, 2015 02:58 AM
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Dave Greenberg
Bradley Real Estate - San Anselmo, CA
Providing Real Estate Service for Buyers in Marin

Very – Cultivating positive relationships with the best realtors in the field has allowed me to better serve my clients. Transactions are better when agents work together to obtain the best results for their clients. Dave Greenberg

Jul 20, 2015 03:20 AM
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Michael Guadagno
Continental Properties - Lake Worth, FL
Realtor in Lake Worth, Florida

Very important. to have a network of peers you can communicate with makes many areas of our business much smoother.

Jul 20, 2015 01:56 AM
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Bill & Pam DeFrees
Keller Williams - San Antonio, TX
Bill & Pam have a passion for serving San Antonio

We feel it is extremely imortant to network with other agents in our area. We are all trying to accomplish the same goal in helping people. Having connections and relationships is key.

Jul 20, 2015 01:52 AM
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Sherri Kirkham
Keller Williams Realty - Plano, TX
Real Estate Agent serving Collin and Denton County

Networking with other agents in my area is an absolute must.

 

Jul 19, 2015 12:27 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It is still a relationship business.

Jul 18, 2015 06:28 AM
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George Cobb
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
George B. Cobb Realtor. Leading the Lowcountry!

Very important to stay in touch with other professionals in your industry. One day you can help them out and expect the same in return.

Jul 18, 2015 05:08 AM
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Mark Homewood
Atlantic Shores Realty Executives - Port St Lucie, FL
Real estate agent serving Martin, St Lucie co

I feel that it is very important, although we may be in competition so to speak it is important to know others in the business. Collaboration, sharing of ideas, insights and knowledge is always beneficial to success.

Jul 18, 2015 04:42 AM
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

There are around 900 Realtors in the Fort Wayne area.  The old 80/20 rule is more like 90/10 in the real estate industry here.  I think that it's important to know that 10 percent because we are a part of that 10 percent, and we often work with other top agents.  We don't have to be best friends or anything, but going to 3-4 Realtor functions a year isn't a bad idea.  

Jul 18, 2015 03:36 AM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We spend time with other agents but I wouldn't call it networking. The goal of our meeting isn't to refer business to each other but rather to learn from each other.

Jul 17, 2015 11:45 PM
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Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

I don't interact with other Agents unless it deems necessary, but sometimes my Agents may have a referral to someone else...rarely..

Jul 17, 2015 07:43 AM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Normally, I just meet up with them on Brokers Opens. Outside of that, it is up to the buyers what they want to buy, not what kind of relationship I have with LA's and only show those with whom a do have a good relationship. I do "partner" with some other brokers in certain instances, and when I do that, I make sure in advance that we can work together and I can trust them. But to pal around with them? No. Not for any reason, just have never felt the need to "network" with them like that. We are in competition, after all.

Jul 17, 2015 06:08 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Depends what kind of real estate sales you do. If you only do residential there is no need. In commercial and especially business sales meaning a business not the land or building it is how most deals get done. You really need a big network.

Jul 17, 2015 05:00 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie,

We maintained professional standards with all the agents in our community. Some were wonderful to work with, and upon closing a deal we would meet for a celebratory toast and chat.  Others were no fun, so beyond closing and shaking hands,, that became the extent of our relationship.  A

Jul 17, 2015 04:46 AM
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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Other than to learn a thing or two? Not much. In fact, knowing more about  your local competitors could bring more personality issues than not.

Jul 17, 2015 04:03 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Not important at all except maintaining good relationships to get the job done. I connect with agents in our office as a terrific source for background and current information on the market and other news. We have a rare group of very experienced, quality agents.

Jul 17, 2015 04:00 AM
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Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA
- SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD -

I think it's very important, I have built some great friendships and it does help me get offers accepted as well.

i would recommend building realtor friendships in other near by cities for referral based business 

Jul 17, 2015 02:31 AM
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Not very.  Professionalism is lacking in our industry, I try to build relationships but hard to do when agents dont return calls, etc.

Jul 17, 2015 12:50 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I do so wish a cadre of local agents had sufficient trust in one another to have real discussion about the state of our businesses and free to master-mind best solutions and plans.

It does not exist for MANY reasons, many of which have nothing to do with competition.

As a consequence, most agent networking occurs within the frame work of lender, vendor, MLS, franchise and title company efforts.

Jul 17, 2015 12:50 AM
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Sabrina Wilkinson
Renaissance Realty Services LLC - Concord, NC
Renaissance Realty Services, LLC

Networking and maintaining excellent relationships with fellow Realtors in my area is crucial to doing good business! 

Jul 20, 2015 04:50 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

My market area is small as compared to metro areas. I have found it very beneficial to know and be friendly and professional with other agents in our board. We have many social events and I try to attend some, not so much to socialize but to show I support our board and good working relationships. I share my listings with agents that I hope will help me sell them and they do.

Do I buddy buddy with them and spend lots of time becoming the best of friends? No I don't but I do call several agents in other companies good friends that I highly respect. As for the comment no business will come from this I will share that I have been referred by other agents in other companies when asked by a seller who else they should the talk with. And if I have a listing that I can no longer do anything with I have a go to list that I will recommend. It is friendly competition and makes for a good working environment.

Jul 18, 2015 03:48 AM