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Don't Expect To Be Spoon Fed

 

 

There are some great Realtors ® who mentor even though they learned on their own... the sink or swim way.

They learned by going to EVERY class, course, read everything related to RE,  listened to speakers, seasoned agents and CE instructors!

  They drank from the fire hose of knowledge. 

I remember going out on a dare for my first listing. My then manager just shook his head. I thought I did something wrong even though I got the listing. He just hadn't seen a listing taken the Rome way. 

I was fearless and that was a good thing. 

 

When I hear less successful  agents say.."no one showed or told me that." 

I cringe a bit. This is a self motivated business. Don't expect to be spoon fed but do appreciate when someone takes time to share their wisdom.

 

If you find someone who you like and respect and someone who is kind and generous to take the time to mentor you or just share their wisdom...you are very lucky.

Pay it forward with others.

We can learn every day from brand new agents...when they try something new, a new approach and a new success.  

We all teach each other, including seasoned professionals.

It is what makes this business better for buyers and sellers.

We learn from our own team members, we learn from other agents, we learn from other professionals and we learn from our own buyers and sellers...but don't expect to be spoon fed. 

Learning real estate is a building block that takes time, dedication and many kinds of transactions and experiences.

Who have you learned from lately?

 

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Comment balloon 44 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • January 21 2018 03:38PM

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Margaret,

What a great discussion on your part.  Many expect to be spoon fed!  One has to pay their dues.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 9 months ago

Giving you a standing ovation on this one.  Couldn't have said it better myself.  We have to learn for ourselves in this business. And anyone who isn't motivated to do so is not going to make it to the top of this business.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 9 months ago

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 9 months ago

Hi Margaret, I never had a mentor but I am always willing to help another agent. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 9 months ago

"Learning real estate is a building block that takes time, dedication and many kinds of transactions and experiences." 

I love that statement, Margaret.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

Hi Margaret,
Unfortunately, not all agents receive the training and mentorship they deserve and are usually promised but, if they reach out, there IS help even if not in their own office.  Also, we can all learn from each other... young and old... new and veteran.  I consider AR the industry brain trust and we're all here to help each other. 

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 9 months ago

I have had agents ask if I will share my ideas. Of course. I love seeing agents become successful and grow.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 9 months ago

Good evening Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

Oh my goodness..you are so right..so many want to be spoon feed instead of figuring it out on their own. Sometimes the best experience is from the life of hard knocks. This is a self motivated business!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 9 months ago

Margaret- you are right. If you need to be motivated to learn then better rethink things. Find a mentor, take classes, join ActiveRain!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 months ago

Dorie Dillard Some of our best learning experiences come the hard way. There is so much to share to make us all better for this business.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Kathy Streib If  someone is  waiting to be motivated..it is time to rethink.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Everyone has something to offer - yes, even the new guy/gal.  There is always a fresh and different perspective if we are only open to see it.

Great post!

Posted by John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) 9 months ago

John Dotson Good to see in the Rain. Look forward to some blogging from you. All the best for a good new year.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland everyone needs a mentor....mentors need a mentor.... receiving guidance and absorbing knowledge is the first step, but the final step of applying that information is up to the agent.... there's so much information shared on ActiveRain, but how much do you really think is "consistently applied" to become a habit ?? 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 9 months ago

Barbara Todaro Everyone needs to be mentored and everyone needs to mentor. That would solve a lot of problems. There is so much good information shared on AR.

Just think how knowledgeable a new agent could become by going back and reading every blog of a member or two they admire. IF applied....they may learn more than all of the CE classes. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

                

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 months ago

My dear Kathy Streib I am honored to be featured and look forward each and every week to reading your post. Thank you!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland you know I still remember our first conversation when I found myself in the rain. And then I purchased your book and additional copies which I still pass forward to newbies to give them a head start. The ones that "read" are making a more than a living. Reading and being open to learning is clearly the path vs spoonfed! Congratulations on all your features and thank you for all you do for us.

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) 9 months ago

Good Morning Margaret,

I am so thrilled that Kathy Streib featured this post in her weekly wrap up.  It is very important to find a mentor that is knowledgable, experienced and also enjoys teaching.  

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) 9 months ago

Emily Medvec Santa Fe NM So good to see you back and wonderful talking with you this morning. Love how you continue to encourage new students by lending them a copy of my book. I am honored! All the best for a great successful 2018.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Chris Lima I love Kathy Streib weekly blogs and I am honored to be mentioned. Always good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Hi Margaret

This is great advice but sadly I think there are some new agents who just expect to be spoon fed and not take the initiative to learn on their own. I had a wonderful mentor when I started and thoroughly enjoyed asking questions and requesting advice. And I love the spirit of education and sharing here on AR.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 9 months ago

This is awesome Margaret. I'm so glad Kathy shared it this morning! Should be featured!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 9 months ago

When I started in real estate there were no mentors - it was all trial and error. So I read everything I could get my hands on. I was always amazed, when I tried to share anything I'd learned, that the others in the office simply weren't interested.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 9 months ago

Ididn't have a mentor when I first started real estate in Alexandria, VA.  I will be mentoring a new agent soon as she gets her license. She takes her exam next month. I also have two more women taking the RE Course and will be mentoring them as well.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 9 months ago

Hi Margaret - your post reminds me of a saying an old cowboy used to say years ago. Falling off ain't nothing till you hit the ground. The agents that get back up on the horse time after time and listen to their mentors (which goes on for years and years cause things are always changing) will win the rodeo! Now where that came from today I have no idea! I must have been inspired by my old cowboy mentor from years ago! Get back up on that horse no matter what boys and girls!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 9 months ago

I just love you Margaret.  Yesterday in Atlanta when a bunch of AR peeps gathered we were all discussing a call from you on my end of the table.  

You know I feel like as a broker who loves fresh new hires that I am paying forward the wonderful mentoring my former broker did. Yet I also am willing to learn from them as well.  I think sometimes those fresh, fearless, eager agents have so much to teach even if they don't realize it.  And you've made me realize I need to write some notes to some I've learned a lot from to thank them.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 9 months ago

Good afternoon Margaret - this is a business like many others that require you to jump, do it,  and seek out a mentor.  If you want to constantly be shown what to do get a job.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB Now this would make a wonderful post! 

Falling off ain't nothing till you hit the ground....Get back up on that horse no matter what boys and girls!" 

This comment gets a gold star! gold star

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Tammy Lankford, I would have loved to been with you for that meetup. Will go check and hope you have blogged about it.

When we mentor/teach, we learn also. Love your comment and you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Grant Schneider Love it! If you want to be constantly shown what to do...GO GET A JOB!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

I haven't yet Margaret.  I've got back to my office and have been running like mad ever since.  One offer in neogitations and a counter out on my listing.  Nothing like going out of town to get really busy.  

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 9 months ago

Congratulations on your flurry of success. Hope it continues through out all of 2018 Tammy Lankford, 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Knowledge is a gift, learned or innate to be shared. That's why philosophers from thousands of years ago are still quoted today.

Excellent post, my dear and you pass your knowledge on constantly! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) 9 months ago

Excellent thoughts.

I did not have a mentor, but I reached out through various sources (often through ActiveRain) to find the information I needed. New agents need to assume they will not be spoon-fed, because many will not be.

 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 9 months ago

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate What a perfect comment. Knowledge is a gift to be shared. Love the way you  think!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Kat Palmiotti You were not spoon-fed but you nourished yourself and have thrived!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

I love this post, Margaret! Newbies who expect to be spoon-fed do not make it. The ones who do SEEK mentorship and finding a great mentor is also a wonderful blessing.

Motivation & mentorship - the double-sided coin!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 9 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS Motivation and mentorship  go hand in hand  for achieving success in Real Estate!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Great post. Those that want to succeed have to seek a mentorship. Thank you for sharing. 

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) 9 months ago

Thanks for stopping by Corey Martin 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

Margaret, what wisdom you shared.

If we look at history, we will see so many people who have contributed to the world's betterment were indeed not spoon fed, they took off on their own and followed their dreams.

Thanks

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 9 months ago

John Wiley What a great comment and it would make a good blog post! Thank you!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 9 months ago

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