Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive)

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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

If you put " 27 years" on your business card, website, etc, you have to change and update them every year, and maybe throw away unused marketing materials, so i would go with "since 1989", or " Over 25 years in business"

Oct 01, 2016 04:32 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I reached the point where I say: decades of experience all matters Real Estate

Oct 01, 2016 05:37 AM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I do not use years in business.  I have seen many agents who boast, say 10 years that they have been in business, and are a struggle the whole way.  I prefer marketing the fact I am a full time agent.  Mark

Oct 01, 2016 05:28 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I don't like remembering to update my profiles on various sites, so I use the second example.

Oct 01, 2016 09:48 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

If they ask me, I tell them but don't use it in any of my marketing.  After all, you could be great with a year and be not so competent with 20+...  ;)

Oct 01, 2016 05:40 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Good thought on the year method. Actually I have it both ways & just say 25+ on the counting way.

But .... I wonder if people think you are an old lady by saying I've been selling since 1989 which ends up to be around when they were born! I was wondering that.

Oct 01, 2016 05:16 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I put "Serving SE Wisconsin since 1994" in my signature with all emails and also have this on most of my marketing pieces.

Oct 01, 2016 04:27 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I do both, depending on the circumstances. I also use the word "decades" as it sounds big.

Oct 01, 2016 10:27 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Door # 2

Oct 01, 2016 09:46 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I do both, sometimes in different parts of the same document.

Oct 01, 2016 09:55 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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I don't stress it more than it takes for them to know I've been around the block a few times.

Oct 01, 2016 09:48 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
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Good point and I will be changing my 30 years in the business to the year I started. Thanks for asking this!

Oct 01, 2016 09:30 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Year method then I don't have to try and figure it out each time-LOL

Oct 01, 2016 07:42 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Most usually, I will use "A real estate broker in California since 2009."  I have written blogs that included "in my 10th year" because I was an agent for 3 years, starting in 2006.

Oct 01, 2016 07:23 AM
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 How timely! I am getting ready to change some marketing, including length of time in RE.

Oct 01, 2016 07:11 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I write that I have been licensed spice 1992.

Oct 01, 2016 06:37 AM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I use the year method but it's just on the websites..we always update yearly  but the second method sounds good too.

Oct 01, 2016 06:31 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

2 so I don't have to change it every year.

Oct 01, 2016 05:49 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Usually the year method

Oct 01, 2016 05:43 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I like the second method. A

Oct 01, 2016 05:40 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

I've been in the business for 20 years and have 36 years of local knowledge.  That is a standard phrase for me.

Oct 03, 2016 05:40 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Carla,

I do not market the years in service, but your answer number 2 would be best in the event I did. Usually  Trulia or other sites gives it away.

Oct 02, 2016 10:38 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

just say it so there's no misunderstanding....I say 38 years....

Oct 02, 2016 04:13 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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I just checked my AR profile and it says 20+ years and I'm guessing most people use option two if it's included at all.  

Oct 02, 2016 01:25 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I like the year most people can do the math

Oct 02, 2016 12:15 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Mentioned in biographies and mentioned when meeting with lister prospects. That is about it!

Oct 01, 2016 11:45 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Whatever works, change it up. 

Oct 01, 2016 11:45 PM
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Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
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Number of years providing services to both sellers and buyers. 

Oct 01, 2016 11:25 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 I don't use dates unless the client asks.

Oct 01, 2016 11:18 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I don't think it really matters after a decade or so in the business Carla.

Oct 01, 2016 01:09 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I'm with you - the year works best so you never have to go back and change it!

Oct 01, 2016 12:24 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Now I have to re-think this whole thing.  Thank you!

Oct 01, 2016 11:51 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I do both.  There is a branding ad I do on a map that I put "more than XX years of service" and on profiles and my site I have "since year" 

Oct 01, 2016 11:40 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

As I got older , I became more vague ! 35+ yrs.

Oct 01, 2016 11:24 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have done both but I like the years best

Oct 01, 2016 11:12 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I prefer the year method if asked. If not I say I am a full time agent

Oct 01, 2016 11:02 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I guess I say 28 years... and it is good to update your marketing each year

Oct 01, 2016 10:54 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I mention it often but not to put others down just to establish I know the market and have lots and lots of experience.

Oct 01, 2016 10:53 AM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

The "since" method so I don't have to update all the materials every year - at least not that particular aspect.

Oct 01, 2016 10:00 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

19 year method for me

 

Oct 01, 2016 09:29 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

As a newbie, that is an interesting question Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192.  Fortunately, I'm part of 'Team Angeloni', and if folks were to know those 'years' they would basically be Roger's. 

Oct 01, 2016 09:18 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I ndo number two because I believe that should always be a disclosure for instance on your email signature among other places that certifies that you are a REALTOR® since 1989 in my case.

Oct 01, 2016 08:45 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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I actually put it in my signature block emails and correspondence.....

Oct 01, 2016 07:55 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Either way will work, though the counting method is pretty impressive when saying something over 20 years.

Oct 01, 2016 07:35 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I don't.

Oct 01, 2016 05:23 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We use the average number of years in business for all the agents in the brokerage. We are not a training office and we average almost 12 years of experience per realtor.

Oct 04, 2016 12:59 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, I do not market it that but clients almost always ask. 

Oct 02, 2016 02:41 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

For over XX years and change it every decade.

Oct 02, 2016 04:02 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I have not spent a lot of time marketing years in the busienss Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 - yet I like method #2 ... it is evergreen and never needs to be updated. 

Oct 02, 2016 02:23 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

No.

Oct 01, 2016 05:14 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 - since 1989.

Marte Cliff had a post about this. 

Oct 01, 2016 04:51 PM