Don't Be Afraid to Congratulate Your Competition

Real Estate Agent with Premier Sotheby's International Realty BK659279

Don't be afraid to congratulate your competition.

I always try to congratulate my fellow Real Estate professionals when I read articles about them, or if they made a phenomenal sale or even when they get a really great listing.  

We all like to be congratulated and like to be recognized for our accomplishments. It is even more meaningful when that recognition comes from one of our peers it is much more appreciated.

There is always enough business to go around.

Real Estate Agents and Brokers should be happy for other agents that are doing well, especially because it actually helps all of us in the end. It helps to lift us all. It helps the entire industry as a whole.

We all understand how much hard work goes into getting a deal closed.  Even though it may seem easy to an outsider, they don't fully understand all of the intricacies and challenges that we face in every transaction.  I have always tried to congratulate other agents on their success because I know how hard it is to put a deal together and it takes a great deal of hard work and expertise.

It takes savvy experienced professionals to be successful in Real Estate

Our industry has become much more complex and it takes a savvy experienced professional to be successful these days over the long haul. I survived the economic crash and am still in business and thriving and recently passed my twentieth year anniversary.  

Pick up the phone...Send an email or text and say Congratulations!

So the next time you read something great about one of your fellow Realtors, send them an email, text or pick up the phone and say Congratulations! Don't ever be afraid to congratulate your competitors for a job well done! In the end we all benefit and I can guarantee you that agent will remember the call and have a greater amount of respect for you as well.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Joyce. Could not agree more! Enjoy your day!

Apr 22, 2018 04:47 AM #24
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida ,

What a wonderful post to be featured! I so agree with you. We work with our peers long after a deal closes. It's so important to have the reputation of an agent who cares about other agents in our industry.There is plenty of business out there for everyone and it is important as professionals to support each other. Being gracious never goes out of style and is always appreciated.

Apr 22, 2018 05:19 AM #25
Warren Schutt
Warren Schutt Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Helping People with Their Moves for over 36 Years

If we consider our fellow agents competition - then we establish a mindset that we are not working towards the same goal - ie: working against them.

As Realtors, working together - ie: cooperating to help bring a buyer and seller to an agreement is the task (and a much better mindset)

What better way to remind ourselves that we are all working together towards common goals than to congratulate our fellow Realtors on their successes.

Apr 22, 2018 06:14 AM #26
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

I love the positivity in this post.  Encouraging others is never a waste of time and adopting that type of mindset does wonders for all involved.

Apr 22, 2018 06:25 AM #27
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

At some point in your life, we realize everyone gets a turn. Be glad when it is someone elses turn using the same measure of gladness when it is yours

Apr 22, 2018 06:56 AM #28
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"

Hi Joyce,
BRAVO!  I agree with Nina Hollander.  Building good relationships with peers is very valuable.  

Apr 22, 2018 07:00 AM #29
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

As long as it's done with honesty and sincerity. So many of these well wishers in my life are not genuine. They congratulate you because they feel it will benefit themselves somehow. You can tell the difference.

Apr 22, 2018 09:24 AM #30
Khash Saghafi
Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation - Cleveland, OH
Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland Ohio

I could not say it any better Joyce!! I am in the process of writing a post entitled, "Embrace your competition", so thanks for the reminder!!

Apr 22, 2018 11:17 AM #31
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I agree... it is not only professional but will build good relationships.

Apr 22, 2018 02:35 PM #32
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I agree 100% so glad this was Featured  Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida  it is just plain old good business isn't it

Apr 22, 2018 03:22 PM #33
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I totally agree and have won many bidding wars for my buyers because of my treatment of others, Joyce! It's not even something that I really even think about -I live by The Golden Rule, no matter who you are!

Congratulations on the gold star too - well-deserved, Joyce!

Apr 22, 2018 06:48 PM #34
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Absolutely, and our reputations can often help buyers in bidding situations as Debe mentions. It is simply the way to treat teach other anyway. I think people who are secure with themselves generally have no problem sharing and celebrating the success of others. 

Apr 23, 2018 07:06 AM #35
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great feature and a blog that makes sense,  there is enough business to go around for all of us.


Apr 23, 2018 07:08 AM #36
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, it's the right thing to do. I believe sharing is caring. Genuine care comes from the heart though, you either have it or you don't. Congratulations on the feature!

Apr 24, 2018 08:15 AM #38
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I consider all agents, no matter their company, colleagues and not competition.  And I always try to congratulate them, even on just closings if I know.  We're all in this together.

Apr 24, 2018 09:07 AM #39
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great advice, we all like to get a pat on the back sometimes and it costs us nothing to encourage each other.

Apr 24, 2018 12:24 PM #40
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I agree. A little goodwill and well-earned congratulations can go a long way. Who knows? They could become a business partner in the future. Thank you for sharing. 

Apr 25, 2018 01:49 PM #41
James Grant
Asheville, NC

Hello Joyce, Indeed I agree with you. Encourage one another helps to build a harmonious working place. Thanks for Sharing!!

Apr 26, 2018 12:48 PM #42
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton, PA
For All Things Real Estate!


Great encouraging article.  

May 01, 2018 09:04 AM #43
Eric Sztanyo
Keller Williams Advisors Realty - Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati & NKY Realtor® |

Love it. Abundance mentality. 

May 20, 2018 07:40 PM #44
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