REALTORS® Are Like Icebergs.....

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

Strengths and Weaknesses


REALTORS® Are Like Icebergs...


"At any one time you are only seeing about 1/5 of what they are ACTUALLY doing!"

As a real estate agent or broker, I know that most of us can relate to this saying.  For our clients sake, we do our best to keep them off the ledge. We take the concerns and stress of the transaction off their back. 

This can be one of the bigger if not the biggest investment anyone can make. 

Our client, whether a buyer or seller, has a lot riding on this transaction, so the smoother and more transparent we can make it ....the better it is for them. 

This is both a strength and a weakness of mine!

- Another strength and weakness  is being candid with a client. By doing the right thing for the client may sour a deal and keep us looking for that perfect home.  I actually will point out the strengths and weakness of a home for a client. I can't operate differently. 

Additional Strengths

Enjoy Social Engagement

- I have the ability to be able to work with a wide range of socioeconomic levels and make people feel comfortable with me. I am at home and comfortable with people and conversation comes easy for me. 

Sizing Up People

- Sizing people up is another strength I possess. I know what to say and how to say it without offending people. This is probably due to my HR and staffing background in the corporate world. I listen intently to what they are saying and if there are mixed signals, I will hone in and draw out what they are thinking. 

Help Buyers Find Clarity

As we know, buyers don't always realize what is most important to them until they start looking.  I help Sedona buyers find clarity between their home buying goals and expectations and let's face it, reality. Buyers appreciate my ability to navigate roadblocks. 

Organization Skills

Though my desk looks like a whirlwind hit it, a buyer would never suspect that I might struggle with this! When showing properties, I create a customized portfolio with a strategic pattern that helps buyers remember what they have seen. It also helps to provide a flow to help capture an efficient use of time and energy for the client ...and me also!

Marketing & Teamwork

As for Sedona sellers, a simple walk through their home and some conversation and I can pull out what is most important to them and showcase their home with marketing that appeals to them and of course, will sell that home. I understand teamwork and how to make it work for us to sell their home to the right buyer. 


Additional Weaknesses

Those Who Walk The Fine Line...

- Agents and others in our industry with borderline ethical behavior is something that I have an issue with. It bothers me when I have to work with people who walk the fine line. It is not something I can shrug off easily. 

Prioritizing Workload-Discipline

- Prioritizing my workload can be a problem. When a client calls, I feel a need to answer the phone as quickly as possible. Many times I am in the middle of something else but I do not have enough discipline to stay on task. This is an issue that I am continuing to work through. 

Setbacks Frustration

- The emotional roller-coaster of working setbacks is another area that I have to do a better job of shrugging off. Sometimes this plays on me and can affect my "work-life balance".  


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I want to thank Carol Williams for creating this AR Challenge "Strengths Vs Weakness" .

It gives us an opportunity to look within ourselves and capitalize of our good qualities and create a strategy to eliminate or reduce our weaknesses. 


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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Thank you for your post! I totally agree with the iceburg analogy! I struggle with balancing things like calls also!

May 26, 2017 03:38 AM #19
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Keeping a lid on emotional events takes time, energy and behind the scenes work with divorcing couples, relocating families, sellers that got the pink slips.

May 26, 2017 03:51 AM #20
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

I like your analogy..well done and Congratulations on the well deserved featured post! You are aware of your strengths and I believe you have those weakness (as small as they are) under control. I've been meaning to tell you I love your new photo!

May 26, 2017 04:33 AM #21
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Good morning Sheri,
I think prioritizing workload is a problem for most agents.   There is so much to do and there's always something new being thrown at them.   Congrats on the Feature and thanks for the post.

May 26, 2017 06:00 AM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What an excellent analogy Sheri! Before becoming a home stager, I had no clue just how much real estate agents do for their clients. Amazing!

May 26, 2017 06:48 AM #23
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I think you chose the iceberg analogy well.

There is so much we do that is not seen.

I think we all struggle with some of the same "weaknesses" that you mention.

I appreciate your sharing.

May 26, 2017 07:46 AM #24
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Why should they understand what goes on behind the scenes when TV makes them think we show 3 houses and go to closing.  Heck some of those shows, the realtor doesn't even go in the house with the buyer.  Some folks come in with very unrealistic expectations and have no idea the amount of work behind it.  I will climb off my soapbox now. Have a great Memorial Day weekend. 

May 26, 2017 11:50 AM #25
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Sheri... great analogy and great new picture! Congratulations on the well-deseved feature.

May 26, 2017 03:47 PM #26
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I stopped back to bookmark your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 26, 2017 05:38 PM #27
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

LOVE the new profile picture, Sheri (and the story of how it came about)!  And, I love your analogy and introspect! Funny but, I too, am able to very easily 'size-up' people and like you, can very easily size-up those who walk the fine line!  

It's both a blessing and a curse, right?  Granted, I give people the benefit of the doubt and truly always look for the good in people but, it seems I'm always the first to spot those fine-line people (and people who aren't who they appear to be) and just keep my mouth shut! Others will recognize it...eventually! 

Congrats on the well-deserved feature, Sheri!

May 26, 2017 09:31 PM #28
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Congratulations on being featured, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® . I can relate to your weakness of prioritizing the workload. As a Property Manager, my schedule is constantly interrupted by calls or walk-ins. In fact, there are many busy days that I go in with several tasks to accomplish and I don't get any of them done. This has become a habit where I now allow things to interrupt me and have a hard time maintaining focus on my work. It's something I have to make a concerted effort to improve on.

May 27, 2017 05:42 AM #29
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I love the iceberg analogy Sheri.  There is so much we do that the general public doesn't see.

May 27, 2017 04:56 PM #30
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Interesting analogy.  On the surface we appear to be cool and yet if a cut away were done, we would look like an octopus on steroids

May 27, 2017 05:40 PM #31
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Improvement begins with self-assessment. Kind of hard for some folks to self-evaluate. Thanks for posting your reveal Sheri and reminding us to self-exam.

May 27, 2017 10:03 PM #32
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Love your analogy.  There is a lot that goes on beneath the surface.

May 28, 2017 10:42 AM #33
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Good analysis Sheri, it is important to sit down and evaluate ourselves once in a while.


May 29, 2017 11:29 PM #34
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Definitely an iceberg.  Or the duck calmly gliding across the pond.  Serenity with a lot of background activity.

May 30, 2017 11:00 AM #35
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - From the moment I read your title, you captivated me! The photograph and message within your picture, and your written message about your strength and weakness illustrations to me that you are a giant in the industry with a heart that melts and never freezes. You're always doing something for others and those are great qualities. You're the diamond that all buyers and sellers are on the look out for when it comes to Real Estate sales!

Jun 23, 2017 06:08 PM #36
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® "Agents and others in our industry with borderline ethical behavior is something that I have an issue with. It bothers me when I have to work with people who walk the fine line. It is not something I can shrug off easily."

Right on target - and - re-blog!

May 16, 2018 05:59 AM #37
Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Daytona Beach, FL
Two Decades Of Experience Selling Luxury Homes...

I love the iceberg analogy and missed this first time around. But a great blog and a great message. 

May 16, 2018 07:07 AM #38
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