Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty )

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
National Marketing Realtors - Minot, ND
Bob Timm Owner/Broker National Marketing Realtors

The agent who suggested I become a Realtor mentored me and the Brokers wife, once an associate Broker, also tutored me Barbara Todaro 

Jun 18, 2017 02:05 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

I was trained by my Grandma, Mom, office manager and Buffini & Company 

3rd generation Realtor here.

Jun 18, 2017 03:58 PM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Pretty much sink or swim, although my company had a little bit of a training program for new agents.

Jun 18, 2017 03:20 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We didn't have formal "training" but worked under my dad who was the broker/owner.  He was available to help but he always encouraged us to read the contracts, figure it out for ourselves first and then come to him.  So not sink or swim, but not coddled and we figured it all out pretty quickly. -Kasey

Jun 18, 2017 01:25 PM
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Kenneth J. Jones, Director
Institute of Real Estate Technologies - Newark, NJ
ASA, SRES, SCGREA

Barbara Todaro In August 1971, I came to my new real estate sales position with a basic knowledge of sales, but with virtually no knowledge of the real estate sales business.

I walked into the office and was greeted by the office manager who brought me over to a desk and said, "This is your desk, and that's you phone. The up schedule is over there on that wall. Good luck." That was the extent of my training.

A fellow agent who sat behind me in the bull pen was an experienced agent and, after a few days, saw that I was apparently pretty good on my feet, as it were. He gave me some very brief, but very important instructive facts that have proven to be invaluable to me throughout my career.

In the end, I guess you'd say I'm "self taught," having learned from my observations of others, and my own mistakes.

Jun 19, 2017 05:26 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

I was "given" a mentor who promptly informed me about a six week vacation so it was more sink/swim than any official training program.   Lots of seminars, previewing properties, floor time, door knocking, holding open houses -- I seemed to try it all.   

Jun 19, 2017 04:31 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Sink or swim but, I did have a fantastic broker (VERY small boutique firm) who did a wonderful job teaching me to focus on integrity, ethics and working my SOI.  No formal training at all - just 'street training,' as I call it!

Jun 18, 2017 08:01 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Been on my own since the beginning, with the benefit of great advice and coaching from many of the greats in our industry.

Jun 18, 2017 07:06 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I had no prelicense training nor real estate training other than what I self taught myself, learned at seminars and paid for and books I read. I practiced, role played with my husband and wasn't afraid to try anything.

Jun 18, 2017 07:03 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

And it worked for you, Barbara Todaro , because you are a hard worker willing to do any and all that was necessary to succeed. No excuses! Just Do It! And you did!  Kudos. 

Jun 18, 2017 06:29 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Trained by my dad.  2nd generation realtor here.

Jun 18, 2017 05:00 PM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      The Coldwell Banker I joined in 1985 had two weeks of training.   Then a couple of agents there acted as "mentors" for me.

Jun 18, 2017 01:33 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

My first broker had 25 years in at that point. It was her office policy to sit the newest agent's desk right next to her own. She went with me on listing appointments, had me shadow her on showings and explained the 'why' of everything that we do. Nowadays, she calls and asks me stuff. I love it!

Jun 19, 2017 06:36 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I joined the family real estate business. I was mentored , coached and made to do what was needed. Some thought i had it easy, but i was given every task no one else wanted. It was a relentless beating of task after task, traveling to every small town, big nh city hitting town halls, tax offices, there was no fax there was Scott will bring it and pick it up. BUT I learned every aspect of real estate by doing. It made me who i am and to appreciate things when i did learn them. I rose up to be a top Lister in NH. My mother was a lot like you Barbara Todaro where she distilled marketing, marketing and more marketing. She beat in me people skills, patience, respect and the lesson to provide the best service possible.  

Jun 19, 2017 06:19 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Door #1

Jun 19, 2017 04:53 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It was sink or swim for me Barbara Todaro BUT I did have a manager that was available to answer questions 

Jun 19, 2017 04:41 AM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

 We had two kinds ...one was a 2 week class...and then we were assigned a "mentor"  Mine was not particularly good...had she been, shadowing and  wiriting make believe contracts and  offers, role playing would have been a good thing.  Fast forward, I have neen a mentor and we have a reward system when you do your first X....learning fromboth mistakes and victories...it's time intensive if you do it cottectly but well worth it for the newbie.
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Jun 19, 2017 03:01 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Sink or Swim. There were training classes, but they were not specific to actually prospecting, helping buyers, sellers, etc. 

Jun 19, 2017 02:55 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

It was mostly sink, sink deeper, stay on the bottom with a little straw in your teeth to breathe. 

Jun 18, 2017 11:05 PM
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I jumped in and started listing and selling.

I was lucky to take a Floyd Wickman course, called SweatHogs, my very first year. 

Jun 18, 2017 08:36 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Had good brokers in the foreclosure market in 1989.

Jun 18, 2017 05:56 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I had a 12 year mentor training and then years of testing it all for myself. The start-up with my mentor was sink or swim. I sank (deep) and begged for another chance. We agreed to two more weeks. Turned into 12 year run $$$$

Jun 18, 2017 05:42 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Barbara Todaro "Sink or swim" I had some real estate knowlodge.

Jun 18, 2017 05:41 PM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

I had an amazing broker at RE/MAX when I started. It made all the difference!!

Jun 18, 2017 05:02 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Sink or Swim

Jun 18, 2017 04:49 PM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I opened up my own office when I had only done 3 transactions and did not know how to properly fill out a contract.

I was self taught which is the only way to learn the correct answers.

Eve

Jun 18, 2017 04:23 PM
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I was fortunate to have a wonderful managing broker, who took me under her wing, and taught me everything I know.

Jun 18, 2017 03:59 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I was trained for two years then decided to go on my own

Jun 18, 2017 03:29 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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No training. I opened my first office after finishing law school.

No choice. I had to swim.

Jun 18, 2017 02:42 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Barbara,

Ron found a mentor, then when I joined him, he became my mentor.  A

Jun 18, 2017 02:02 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I did go thru their version of training but it was sink or swim. I'm not sure that any of their training hit on real life points.

Jun 18, 2017 01:15 PM
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Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals

Sink or swim, literally told, you've got one year or goodbye. I swam and moved to RE/MAX. They were no better. Because I swam upstream I opened my own company. I believe it has EVERYTHINg to do with the guy at the top and how he runs his/her business.

Jun 19, 2017 06:57 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Sink or swim - I had back to back terrible brokers that I learned later, taught me what NOT to do to be successful

Jun 19, 2017 06:49 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & personality!

I was blessed with an experienced agent as a mentor.

Jun 19, 2017 05:26 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Pretty much sink or swim.  Many questions I asked I was given the wrong answer.

Jun 19, 2017 05:05 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Sink or swim, when I look back on how I was introduced to this business.

Jun 19, 2017 04:54 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Sink or swim. Seems like most agents chose whatever training they wanted to pay for, and then hoped that the training actually helped.

Jun 19, 2017 04:14 AM
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Dennis Swartz
Rickert Property Management - Columbus, OH
ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, CMCA, MBA...experience counts!

TRAINING: You can use that desk, dial 9 to get an outside line, MLS books are kept in the cabinet. Best of luck, try working expireds-they are in the back of the MLS book.

Jun 19, 2017 04:05 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Barbara Todaro it was 'sink or swim' for first 3 months when I was at ERA in Andover, MA then. 

Jun 18, 2017 09:58 PM
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Jason Nenadov
EQUITY ASSETS REAL ESTATE - Fresno, CA
expert advice and services to buyers and sellers

I would say I sank and swam.  I was in a small office with 10-20 people.  The wife taught real estate and the husband taught lending.  Although I learned some things I wouldn't say it was ideal for getting started in the business.

Jun 18, 2017 09:38 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I had no issue rolling into this profession with my background

Jun 18, 2017 07:25 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Absolutely the company subcribed to the "We got train'n' school of practice.

Then I eventually become apparent, you earn no money warming a stool in the conference room. 

Train'n was usless so I had to learn to swim.

Jun 18, 2017 01:30 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Oro Valley, AZ

I shadowed Roger (who is an experienced agent), and had many varied OTJ learning experiences.  If I was not part of a Team, I would have definitely wanted a mentor!  Also, I had alot of great 'agent training classes in the real world' by other realtors in my company (weeks of classes), which was very interesting, and different than my classroom instruction.  All in all it was a great way to start as a newbie Barbara Todaro

Jun 19, 2017 03:35 PM
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

It was sink or swim for me. The only thing that was made clear was which areas not to farm in as they "belonged" to the senior agents in the office.

Jun 19, 2017 12:00 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Sink with a weight on the line

 

Jun 19, 2017 11:12 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I had a good broker who was available if I had a questions

Jun 19, 2017 08:47 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

We learned on the job, and couldn't believe when we listed and sold our first home the same day. We winged it from there on...

Jun 19, 2017 08:21 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

I was heavily into contract training ... spent several hours a day in training. While others were out sinking or swimming ... I was so fearful of making a mistake I decided to know thy contracts and how they work.  It served me well.

Jun 19, 2017 07:50 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Barbara Todaro My Wife was in the business so I was mentored by an esperienced agent.

Jun 19, 2017 06:24 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

School of hard knocks

Jun 19, 2017 05:56 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

It was sink or swim. My broker did not cooperate on her own listings. First sale was a FSBO.

Jun 19, 2017 05:47 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

It was sink or swim, though they claimed I was trained.

Jun 19, 2017 05:33 AM
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Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor
K1 Realty Group - Pembroke Pines, FL
Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward

It was sinkkkkkk for me and I almost did.

Jun 21, 2017 05:57 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Sink or swim. My Broker told me she was a "superb trainer" and rambled on and on about how much training we would do. She didn't train me on anything. She literally spent all her time telling me how bad other agents and agencies were, how I could never trust them, they were crooked, they were liars and cheaters, etc. I left after two months. Three years later I had to file an ethics complaint against her and she immediately turned in her license and disappeared.

Jun 20, 2017 06:50 AM
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Sink or swim, but activerain was a great tutor along with a couple excellent Brokers over the years.

Jun 19, 2017 07:57 PM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I had several mentors but I was forced to get out there and make things happen!

Jun 19, 2017 06:44 PM
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Ruth Grainger
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
Your expert in mining claims and mountain property

I was blessed by having my father as my broker. He would let me sink or swim but always would help me learn from my mistakes. I also learned a lot from him watching him work and interact with people. 

Jun 19, 2017 11:28 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I went with one of the instructors in the school that had years of experience.  She was a good teacher, as I was her first agent to hire.

Jun 22, 2017 09:50 AM