Strut Your Stuff But Do It Professionally | Never Burn A Bridge

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Managing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763
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When it’s time to move on to greener pastures, how do you conduct yourself with executing that process?  The way you leave an office should be done as professionally as when you arrived.  Real estate is a business with great turn over.  People come, and people go.  Some are always professional, and others never were!!

I’ve changed offices three times, and each time was done professionally, quickly and with no turmoil.  I did not disturb anyone within the office, and no one knew that I was leaving except the broker/owner who made the announcement after I departed.  To this day, I could go back to any one of those offices without any hesitation on anyone’s part.  I never burned a bridge, and I was always thankful for every “scrap of knowledge” that I absorbed within each office.

What are agents thinking when they decide to open their own office and openly recruit within their present office?  How unprofessional and certainly a sign of desperation on the part of the agent who is leaving.  If you are going to leave to open your own office, shut your mouth and continue to work until it’s time to leave.  At that point, have a one on one conversation with the broker/owner; discuss listings and transactions; thank him for the opportunity to work under his shingle; and leave quietly and professionally!! 

Do not recruit from within!!  Do not disrupt the office!!  Do not undermine or attempt to damage the name of the office or its management on the way out!!   Those who conduct themselves in that manner as an agent will certainly wear those same stripes as a Broker/Owner. Agents who are selecting their first office or their 4th office should remember that fact. You’ll be labeled with the same reputation as the Broker/Owner, and it sticks like glue. Make good decisions.

Just another thought inspired by a question on the Q& A section…..

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Barbara Todaro, sales manager of RE/MAX Executive Realty 

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Kathy Streib
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Hi BarbaraT- I probably should spend more time in the Q&A!  Being a professional means being that way all of the time, and not just when it's convenient. You are absolutely right about not burning any bridges. If you're staying in the same area, chances are you'll be working together on transactions. And even if not you will want to leave people with a good feeling about you and your work. 

May 07, 2018 12:50 PM #1
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Nina Hollander
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HI Barbara... so true...I learned long, long ago in the corporate world never to burn bridges. And when I've seen people do it, it always struck me as very immature and unprofessional. And that attitude always comes back to haunt you.

 

May 07, 2018 01:15 PM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Carol Williams ~ another nomination for Second Chance Saturday.

May 07, 2018 01:15 PM #3
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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Amen Barbara! We recently had a few agents move on to other brokerages. It was quietly done without overdramatization and with class. I still think highly of them all!

May 07, 2018 06:26 PM #4
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Like Nina, I learned this lesson in the corporate world, and counseled others often on not burning their bridges.  I think we see a lot of bridge burning in our business.

Jeff

May 07, 2018 10:21 PM #5
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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

Barbara, I am with you 100%!!!!!!

I always want to have the best possible relations with all people.

How you leave a company speaks volumes about the kind of person you are.

Thanks for the great word.

May 08, 2018 03:53 AM #6
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Jamie King
Hoty Enterprises, Inc. - Huron, OH
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Agreed! I've left offices twice, kept it professional and also, took a moment to thank the administrative staff for their support over the years. One office by handwritten notes, because I quietly departed over a weekend and the other office I did it face to face. Don't create animosity or it will come back to bite you!

May 08, 2018 05:08 AM #7
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Barbara, I hope many agents read your post. I have left 3 offices over the years and could go back to all of them. I learned a lot at each one and am grateful for the time spent at them. I have been on the receiving end of agents leaving and then trying to recruit from my office, not smart at all. It's a very small world!

May 08, 2018 05:43 AM #8
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Thanks for the common sense but unfortunately not every human thinks of this during their actions. Have a better day!

May 08, 2018 06:28 AM #9
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Fantastic post!  I've seen some barn burning exits in my day.  Even had an agent I really respected try to recruit an agent I was working with in our mentor program to her new company right before she left.  So unprofessional.

May 08, 2018 08:37 AM #10
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Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

May 08, 2018 08:38 AM #11
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Barbara Todaro
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thanks so much Chris Ann Cleland for the feature in Bartender, Make It A Double!!

May 08, 2018 08:49 AM #12
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Barbara-while I haven't returned to a company/broker in this industry, I did return to a company in another industry where I was informed they never do that.   People remember. 

May 08, 2018 09:32 AM #13
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Michael Jacobs wherever you might be working, I always wish you well....

May 08, 2018 10:41 AM #14
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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great advice for anyone leaving one office for another - I confess to being curious what prompted this post! 

May 09, 2018 05:13 AM #15
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Kimo Jarrett
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You must be a professional first before you do things professionally. Unfortunately, many who profess to be professionals are not, so, eventually, they simply move on to another job or industry. 

May 09, 2018 07:48 AM #16
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