There's no Such Thing as a Part Time Agent

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Blythewood, SC Homes for Sale  While I was in line at my local grocery store one day, I looked up and saw a gentleman I recognized at the front of the line. I couldn't quite place him, but I knew I had seen him before. He was somewhat unhappy with whatever was transpiring at the register and as a result he spoke very harshly with the young lady ringing him up. he then demanded the manager come over and really had something of a fit right in front of everyone over what turned out to be an issue with his coupons.

Now forever etched in my memory is the image of this guy going bonkers on a teenage girl so he can get a few bucks of 3 cases of bottled water. Flash forward a few days later and my office is going through the process of switching preferred lenders and they are introducing us to the gentleman that will handle our office for their company and guess what? It's the guy from the grocery store. That's right, the belligerent one.

 

Blythewood, SC Homes for Sale I have no idea what type of lender he was, but I did have a strong impression of the fellow as a result of my previous encounter. 

 That's a round about way of letting you know that you never really know who is watching you or when. And while you can certainly look at your real estate business as part time and only list and sell when you feel like it, the problem is that your reputation is a full time job. You will be judged by your actions and if you call yourself a real estate agent, then that's what people will see you as all the time, not just part of the time. They won't see you making an ass of yourself in public as your "personal time". It will make an impression on others and that's your reputation that suffers from it. So remember, just because you aren't working all the time, doesn't mean that someone you could work with doesn't see what you're up to. That could be a fellow Realtor or a future client you know.

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Anita S. Zahn
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Love the post!  We as people are always being watched by others.  Poor girl at the register I'm sure that ruind her day and it was at not fault to her.  In this business we run into rude people all the time, I always say kill them with kindness it makes them crazy.

Mar 21, 2018 05:42 AM #64
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Daniel Sapato
Rich Real Estate - Frankfort, IL

Everyone runs into a bad apple once in a while. Luckily as a real estate broker we can also choose to get away from them and work with nicer people.

Mar 21, 2018 05:48 AM #65
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
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Great message!  You always have to be on.  The bigger message here is that you always need to be kind to others...  period.  Business is business.  Everybody is a possible client.  On a bigger level, kindness it kindness.  That's going to get you much farther in life.  

Mar 21, 2018 06:50 AM #66
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning JL. I loved this. You just never know who is watching. Being good means always wanting to be good.

Mar 21, 2018 06:56 AM #67
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Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

I know some agents that will not have the "R" anywhere on their autos. Just in case they have some road rage...

Mar 21, 2018 07:19 AM #68
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Cathy Starkweather
La Rosa Realty, LLC. - Celebration, FL

What a terrific blog -  awesome reminder to ourselves AND secondly, to be aware of others around us in case we meet them again as well. 

Mar 21, 2018 07:30 AM #69
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David Fox
Progressive Lending Solutions - Saint Paul, MN
Mortgage Loan Consultant

Thank you for sharing your experience. The world needs more positive role models. Whether you are in public or in private, someone is always observing you, so you should apply the Golden Rule and treat others with respect. 

Mar 21, 2018 12:08 PM #70
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Marti Steele Kilby, CRS
Steele Group Realty - La Mesa, CA
Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA

Ugh!  I hope you don't have to work with him.  Maybe I'm just getting old, but I have no time for mean-spirited people.

Mar 21, 2018 01:18 PM #71
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Marte Cliff
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There's a highway here that runs from Priest River up to Priest Lake - and the tourists treat it like they are the only ones on the road. As you can guess, that annoys the locals just a bit. A couple of years ago I was driving up that highway when a car came flying from behind and passed me just going into a corner. My first thought was of a tourist, but no - the sign on the back said it was a local real estate agent.

Perhaps it was one of his children driving, but ... it was his reputation that got dinged.

On a lighter note... one day I approached the check-out at our local grocery and saw the checker was upset almost to the point of tears. I asked her what happened and she told me about the rude fellow who had just left, after ripping her apart over prices in the store. I told her that from now on she had my permission to tell people like him to take their business elsewhere. By the time I left, we were giggling over what the store manager might have to say about it.

He's a pretty good guy - he just might have agreed with her.

Mar 21, 2018 03:22 PM #72
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Ann Wilkins
Bay Sotheby's International Realty - Oakland, CA
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

Always be kind...it goes a long way. Probably one of the hardest things for me in real estate is "always being on"  Ran into and open house in the neighborhood one day after doing some gardening work.  Some other neighbors were there who knew me and I must say that I was embarrassed to be caught so casual.  

Mar 21, 2018 03:42 PM #73
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Kathy Streib
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Well done!!!  I was in the car once and saw another car speeding through the school zone and zigging and zagging through traffic lanes. Unfortunately, the car had one of those magnetic signs on the side of it announcing that the driver was an agent. Not good!

Mar 21, 2018 05:44 PM #74
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hello JL- you never know. The operative word or term may change .

Mar 21, 2018 07:40 PM #75
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Excellent post - and you just never know.  Sometimes when I hear agents complaining about a friend or family member not using them for a transaction, it makes me wonder if the agent even knows the real reasons why...and it could be because of the way they act when they don't think it matters. 

Mar 23, 2018 08:13 AM #77
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Zurple Marketing Team
Zurple - San Diego, CA
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This is fantastic advice. This is so true, we hope all works out with this lender and your company.

Mar 23, 2018 08:32 AM #78
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Adam Feinberg
ANCHOR ASSOCIATES - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

Manners and civility matter. Living in NYC, I always say Manhattan is the largest small town in the world- and it doesn't take long to realize there are real communities here- and the person at the checkout in front of you can wind up  the person you are introduced to the next day.

Mar 23, 2018 09:39 AM #79
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Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
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Excellent point! And the way one treats people on a day to day basis is actually a good measure of someone's true character... I try to stay away from those who act friendly and polite with the people they want to impress and  then turn around and can be so mean to those they don't! 

Mar 23, 2018 04:03 PM #80
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great story!  So true.  You just never know who is watching during our "off" time. There really is no off time. We're on 24/7.  I'd rather be memorable in a better way :)

Mar 25, 2018 05:38 PM #81
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I am often surprised when some one approaches me and says, "Your John?"

I have no knowledge of setting eyes on them before, but they knew who I was.

So, your post was a great reminder that we are watched when we are not even aware. That should tell us that we must present ourselves well at all times. If we don't it could cost us some business.

Mar 26, 2018 08:41 AM #82
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
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Dear JL,

Good reminder to drive sensibly & not go to the grocery store with low blood sugar.

Mar 28, 2018 08:18 PM #83
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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I totally agree with that! Real Estate is definetely a 7 day ,50+ hours a week job.

May 09, 2018 01:31 PM #84
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