The real estate business is a profession that demands every participant to secure and maintain a constant flow of new information. There are consistently new methods of marketing surfacing. There are new laws and procedures continually being introduced.
Education in the real estate business must be fed to every agent in every office in order to have a smoothly running existence in our industry. This is ideal but not typical.
This is where mentors come into play. Mentors are “do as I do plus do as I say” individuals who are in great demand. Who needs a mentor? Everyone needs a mentor. Mentors need mentors. Mentors are not solely for new agents. New agents need training first and then mentoring. Seasoned agent also need mentoring. Once you have a mentor, that mentor is forever.
I managed a real estate office 30 years ago and trained new agents. One agent went on to owner her own office; bought a franchise; and through the decades of her owning it, I continued to be her mentor. She has sold it, and now works for another RE/MAX office in a different marketplace. To this day, she continues to call for a second opinion, including asking me for a price for a home she will be listing in the future in MY TOWN. All I can do is chuckle, shake my head and give her the price range!!! I take that as the greatest compliment.
Eventually, the agents being mentored will be on the same level as the mentor and that agent will go forth and become a mentor to another agent. With this new scenario, mentor #1 will be needed more than ever.
Mentoring never stops, but if it should, learning will have also ceased. Mentoring is an ongoing program that allows the mentor and the mentee the ability to gain strength in their respective roles, and for that reason, it should never end.
This is my last thought for today…. It’s been a long one.
Did I mention my day began at the gym this morning? Back and biceps today…pulled 150 pounds on a seated mid row…. That’s a lot of weight!!! Could only do 3 reps….