Sandra Graves, Realtor (Keller Williams Realty)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393


Kathy Streib 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Roger D. Mucci 

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 

know my answer -- It Depends.   Because it does.

Feb 12, 2016 10:29 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Probably not, unless it was a place I wanted to go anyway (and incorporate play time) and could use it as a tax write-off.   I know it's a tax write-off anyway.  

If they value my knowledge enough to put me on the agenda, they should at least pay my expenses, if not a speaker fee.  

Feb 12, 2016 08:12 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Pass; you have the potential to lose multiples of the travel expenses in a lost sale or listing.

Feb 12, 2016 09:47 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I would not do it. If you want to speak in front of people, you can find a lot of local meet ups who always need speakers. 

Feb 12, 2016 03:50 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

If it was in Paris, I'd go!

Feb 12, 2016 12:20 PM
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I love an opportunity to be displayed as the expert on the subject.   I would not only pay my own way, I would fly first-class, and stay at a high-end hotel.  Might as well set the proper tone.

Feb 12, 2016 11:05 AM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Do the math, if there is a possible ROI, then yes I would go. 

Feb 12, 2016 08:33 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Subject to a final review...I would take the risk

Feb 12, 2016 08:15 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

What would Hillary do? 

Feb 12, 2016 07:36 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

 Out of State, I would not, unless there is something in it for you. When I make a decision, I look at the negatives first, and if I can live with those, I would do it. Unless you have some good reason to spend $1000, your time, and effort, I would not do it. Now if it was in your State and you could get business from it, that is a different story.

Feb 12, 2016 07:34 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

No sorry what would be the point? I have done several engaments(even 2 out of the country) and I was paid and all expenses as well.

Feb 12, 2016 07:24 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

No - in fact - I declined to speak at a CRS conference back in the late 2000's for that very reason...

Feb 12, 2016 10:26 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Depends where, if it was warm and if any fun?

Feb 12, 2016 10:24 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would not spend  $1000. I can use the money for other marketing. 

Feb 12, 2016 10:16 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


Feb 12, 2016 10:04 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Did it once back in the 80's. Never received any benefit!

Feb 12, 2016 09:48 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I doubt it, but it depends on who asked me, what the topic is, and what area it's in. " Out of State" might not make any difference, depending on what state. I can be in MD in 5 minutes, WV 20 minutes, PENN 1 hour, NC 6 hours,etc

Feb 12, 2016 09:25 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Today if it was somewhere with temps above zero yes; I would probably go either way.

Feb 12, 2016 09:25 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sandra. I do some for free and some I get paid. I enjoy doing it no matter what.

Feb 12, 2016 05:14 PM
Toronto, ON

You would need to evaluate whether the speaking engagement provides value to you and / or the event.

Feb 12, 2016 04:21 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sandra Graves it depends on what the topic is and who the crowd is. Now if it is likely to generate more business, why not?

Feb 12, 2016 03:38 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on the organization. But if it is an organization that I am passionate about I would.

Feb 12, 2016 02:03 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

hhhmmmm.. are you sure those people will help you in some way? or are you helping them...i might be flattered, but it would have to have a direct payoff... im curious how this might help you? the nature of the event..

Feb 12, 2016 01:17 PM
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Depends if I wanted to go to this area and I had the time. You may get business.. It's a tax write off so if you will enjoy the trip, GO!

Feb 12, 2016 01:16 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Sandra Graves It depends on the event. 

Feb 12, 2016 12:40 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

While $1000 sounds kinda high I would definitely consider it. I have taught classes out of the area for different real estate boards as well as Women's Counciul of Realtors. It depends! The networking can be very beneficial

Feb 12, 2016 11:47 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Depends , who , what, where and when? have done this in the past , but was combine w/ another event or occasion.

Feb 12, 2016 11:29 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

if it would help my career I'd likely go

Feb 12, 2016 11:07 AM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

No, I don't do public speaking, so I wouldn't drive out of state to do public speaking at my own expense.

Feb 12, 2016 10:23 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I guess it would depend on a number of things.  If this is real estate related it would be dependant upon who I was speaking to and how it would enhance my future business.  If it is personal (or ministry related) then yes.

Feb 12, 2016 09:59 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

If it was in a nice location I'd definitely do it, and I believe you can write the expenses off your taxes.

Feb 12, 2016 09:35 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

If I wanted to start doing speaking engagements, I might do it to showcase my skills. Videotape it.

Feb 12, 2016 09:04 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I speak in California at least 5 times a year at my expense.

Feb 12, 2016 08:55 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

I doubt I would do that unless I really thought I could get a good return on my time and money.  If it could lead to more business or ways of generating income, possibly.

It doesn't seem right that you should have to pay for the privilege of donating your time.  It doesn't sound like they value you/your time.  Don't forget the opportunity cost of your time at home working (or enjoying time w/ family).

Feb 12, 2016 08:19 AM
Jack Lewitz
IL Real Estate Specialists - Evanston, IL

Depends where the event is located ... 

Feb 12, 2016 07:51 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good question, in my case it would depend on the event not the cost and my knowledge of the subject.  

Feb 12, 2016 07:49 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker


Feb 12, 2016 07:34 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

It would depend on how the appearance would affect my future business.

Feb 12, 2016 07:34 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

That would depend on my motivation, personal or business. Maybe there are other advantages in play besides money.

Feb 12, 2016 07:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

If it is a area I have never been to sure.

Feb 12, 2016 07:25 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Sandra - I think I would have to decline. Not sure the details of your situation, but unsure how it could benefit my career selling real estate in one state, and speaking in another state.

Feb 14, 2016 02:00 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Probably not, unless I could make a vacation out of the destination.  If it was Maui for example, I'd do it and take a week off after.

Feb 13, 2016 11:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Much depends on the circumstances. 

Feb 13, 2016 01:36 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I taught a class like that once. I did it for the experience and it helped me and didn't hurt me as a local event might, if I screwed up...

Feb 13, 2016 12:23 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

If I was planning to go anyway and it was a group or organization that I felt a connect with, then maybe so. If it is totally unrelated I would say no.

Feb 12, 2016 11:54 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sandra Graves If the organization can't pay you a speaking fee, they should at least pay your expenses. If you turn it down, they will surely find someone else who will do it for free. How do they value your time and expertise?

Feb 12, 2016 11:01 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I'd really have to be convinced there would be pay-back at the end of the line to cover the travel expenses. 

Feb 12, 2016 10:48 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

No. If they value your knowledge and expertise, they should pay you an honorarium.

Feb 12, 2016 06:04 PM
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Not unless I really wanted to speak at this event.

Feb 12, 2016 12:09 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I did it once.  It was a business trip with very limited funds. Paid my meals and shared a room with another person. What I presented at international conference was copied and made into a product 24 years later...

Feb 12, 2016 11:12 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I would because I have collateral not confined by state boundary lines. So the liberty would be a prerequisite.

Then I must assess what I would be doing if not wasting time in another state. If the weird uncle is headed my way, I think I see value.

What you fail to share is the purpose of the event? If it for PETA or a Bernie rally, I would be at a lose to find where I can be useful or benefit. The event could be a 'notes' symposium where benefit does exist.


Feb 12, 2016 08:57 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

I think I would decline.

Sep 18, 2016 02:13 AM