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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Agents should dress appropriately for their client base.  If you sell horse properties, a suit and tie would be totally incorrect. Jeans and boots should be your attire for this!  If you are selling luxury high rise commercial properties, a suit and tie is absolutely correct.

Jul 29, 2017 06:48 AM
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

The rule of thumb when I started was "Dress one level above your client." 

Jul 29, 2017 07:29 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I wouldn't wear a suit and tie to meet a farmer but I wouldn't look like a farmer to meet an exec.

Jul 29, 2017 08:31 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

attire is determined by the type of appointment.... when I'm walking land, it's jeans and construction boots.... in a luxury home, it's business attire.... everything else is casual business attire....

 

Jul 29, 2017 07:55 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I dress appropriately and accordingly.  I do not dress to impress others. I dress for me.  I am always clean and presentable. 

Jul 29, 2017 08:35 AM
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

David, Hawaii is a little different, the only people who wear suit and ties are lawyers, our Mayor on Maui doesn't wear a suit. Now, high-end buyers, I put away the shorts and slippers, for long pants, shoes, and quality Aloha shirt.

Jul 29, 2017 07:47 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Casual has gone beyond acceptable limits in my opinion. While a suit and tie may be a bit much in most areas, business casual has to make a come back!

Jul 29, 2017 07:20 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Those who do stand out.

Jul 29, 2017 07:11 AM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I only wear a suit and tie to weddings and funerals.

Jul 29, 2017 07:06 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Oddly enough, I've actually had clients tell me that I don't need to "dress up" to show them homes.  You don't want to over or under dress.  Over dressing can make your clients uncomfortable.  Under dressing can make them think you are unqualified.

Jul 29, 2017 11:05 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I think the appropriate attire for the area you find yourself in is what should be worn.

Jul 29, 2017 09:25 AM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I think it depends on the area.  In my area, suit and ties are rarely worn unless going to a closing and even then I rarely see men dressed up that much.

Jul 29, 2017 09:09 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Yes we do, in a market such as ours (Santa Barbara) the men agenst wear dress pants and dress shirts, and the women were dresses or slacks and blouses.  This is known as casual elegant.  The only ones who wear suits and ties in town are the lawyers and bankers.  In our Los Angeles commercial real estate practice, Ron wore suits and ties, and I dressed up more than they do here...just different marketplace.  A

Jul 29, 2017 07:48 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

I don't know about Tee Shirts but ever since Hurricane Katrina I have worn jeans, Dress - Pressed Shirt. 

Jul 29, 2017 07:31 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I think people should wear whatever they deem appropriate. If they are successful in their own target market who are we to judge? -Kasey

Jul 29, 2017 07:28 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Anything office or appointment oriented requires appropriate dress. In FL we can be relatively casual but never jeans and T-shirt.

Jul 29, 2017 07:19 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Casual dress is common in our area. Some agents are far too sloppy with their attire and appearance.

Jul 29, 2017 07:09 AM
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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

I say dress slightly above or equal to your client base.  You want to look professional but not intimidating.  

Jul 29, 2017 09:54 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

David Martin I believe agents should dress professionally and appropriately with business attire. Your appearance will reflect on your business.

Jul 29, 2017 09:51 AM
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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 dress professionally - it's my choice though - to each their own!

Jul 29, 2017 09:37 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its subjective...Certainly the subject is relevant

Jul 29, 2017 09:31 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Is the agents preferred real estate working ranch and farm property?

Is the agents preferred real estate 55+ condo communities?

Is the agents preferred real estate beach property where temperatures average 90 F and RH at 85%?  Does a real estate agent with a sweat drenched suit look professional?

The agent should dress just above what their clients wears. Other agents benefit from being able to distinguish the agent from the rest. Sometimes that only requires a name badge.

Jul 29, 2017 08:03 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

In between and neat and clean.

Jul 29, 2017 07:42 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Depends on the situation

Jul 29, 2017 07:39 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

In the past:  Suit & tie = nice looking office.

Nowish:  Maybe they look 1/2 way decent 3 days a week. I think a golf shirt & khakis' are ok. Also depends on how hot it is.

Jul 29, 2017 07:18 AM
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Frank S
YesRealty - Autaugaville, AL
Home Sales

Yes depending on the circumstances they should

Sep 10, 2017 07:21 PM
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Denise Copeland
Mirsky Realty Group - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

I have picked up more listings and engaged in more conversations when I'm in PJ's or jeans and a T-Shirt. Riding my Harley as opposed to driving my luxury car. Walking my dog instead of walking in heels. I think if you're being yourself, you are more approachable. No one wants to do business with a fake person.

Aug 04, 2017 09:06 PM
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Marnie Matarese
DWELL REAL ESTATE - Sarasota, FL
Showing you the best of Sarasota!

Living in Florida and showing beachfront property is a blessing.  I am usually very casual and so are my buyers, even when looking at properties in the millions.  I stopped the nice outfit and heels because it made the buyers uncomfortable and they felt under dressed.  Every city/town is different.  In New York, I am sure I would be dressed to the nines!

Jul 31, 2017 03:01 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Attire should depend on property and location.   A suit and tie would look funny showing waterfront property at 90 degrees.

Jul 31, 2017 08:47 AM
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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

Lynnea Miller nailed this one!

Jul 30, 2017 06:44 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Depends .

Jul 30, 2017 06:31 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

I think it is highly dependent on the market they are serving as well as their clientele. 

Jul 30, 2017 06:18 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

David Martin - depending on the relationship and reason for the meeting.

Jul 29, 2017 11:14 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I think agents should dress appropriately for their marketplace and for their clients. I choose to dress just a little dressier than others in the office. I wear a lot of jackets and they dress up almost any outfit. 

Jul 29, 2017 06:22 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on the area and client base.  I'd say no to a suit and tie in this day and age.

Jul 29, 2017 05:29 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Dress for the property and clients.  Cut offs and tank tops are not professional.

Jul 29, 2017 05:26 PM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Just as everyone else says, it depends on the situation you are presented. I typically stick with jeans & a polo, because I like to climb in things and don't mind getting dirty. 

Jul 29, 2017 05:11 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Dress well for the occasion, and for the situation. 

Jul 29, 2017 04:56 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Dave it depends. If I'm selling horse property you bet I wear my jeans, boots and cowgirl hat. In town it's pretty business casual. I never see anybody wearing a suit (men or women) unles they're attorneys going to court!

Jul 29, 2017 01:52 PM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

It's a local thing, I think. Around here, it's shirt/tie or dress/skirt. 

Jul 29, 2017 01:51 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I'm not much into "shouldas" or "couldas" and "wouldas" either.   So many possible responses that are truly based on the individual person, confidence level, the market where real estate is practiced, local customs and so many other reasons that truly encompass "it depends".

Jul 29, 2017 01:36 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

My coat and tie days are mostly over . But I'm usually Business Casua

Jul 29, 2017 01:27 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Business casual or better will be perfect for most situations around here. 

Jul 29, 2017 12:14 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Lynnea Miller wrote

Jul 29, 2017 11:26 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I think neither of those two extremes; business casual, closer to professional than to casual.

Jul 29, 2017 10:10 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I had shorts on when it was 91 deg F w/o AC. People thought I was owner, or his handyman with a hammer screw driver. I apologized that I did not have time wear for success.  Got 5 offers still.

Yes, one needs to dress more appropriately. 

Jul 29, 2017 10:09 AM