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What Did You Do Before Real Estate?

 

 

Does your previous experience help in making you a better REALTOR®? 

For me, there were two prior careers. 

 

Porcelain MRome

 

Registered Nurse RN

 

Real estate professionals are from all walks of life...doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs.

There are nurses, artists, teachers, law enforcement, homemakers,  scientists, musicians, business owners, truck drivers, PHDs, rocket scientists, engineers, CEO's and even high school dropouts... to name a few.

 

When meeting other agents I like to know what led them to this career.  What skills are they bringing to the industry?

This week Heather called to say she was running a few minutes late for an appointment. How refreshing.

(We've all had agents cancel last minute,

arrived an hour late or were a no show and no call.)

After Heather came, showed the buyer this house, I found out she was a former real estate attorney.

Was it her law career that made her kind and respectful of time, or was that just her nature? Most likely a combination, and I wanted to work with her!

 

When one agent shows respect for another, everyone wins. We set an excellent example for our clients. After all, it's about our buyers and sellers and how we facilitate a transaction from start to finish.

First impressions on a showing, on answering a phone, on returning a text or email all go into setting up the experience for a successful transaction.

What was your previous career?

How has it helped you as a REALTOR®?

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 20 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • January 12 2020 04:09PM

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Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland everyone loves and respects a nurse... you were sure to soar with your career.... 

I was a teacher in my "first life" but I wanted something more.... the vacations and days off were more than I wanted.... I needed a career where I could dig in and run at my own pace.... GOT IT!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 7 months ago

Morning Margaret.

Of course my 29 year career in law enforcement taught me to be thorough if nothing less.  I don't make any decisions without getting both sides of the story

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 7 months ago

Barbara Todaro Your teaching never stopped. You are sharing your wisdom with older students now. We are called REALTORS® 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

James Dray  I thought of you when writing this.

That's a valuable lesson learned in law enforcement.  And much needed in RE transactions. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Good morning Margaret. Majored in pre-med in college. Then in the first semester of my senior year, realized medicine was not for me! Graduated and went to work in a Savings and Loan as a loan officer while I sorted things out. A real estate broker challenged me to get a license while I was in law school in the evenings. Got the bug and never looked back! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

A corporate job was my first career - that taught me organization, follow-through, communication, project management, financial management -- all important things in running a real estate business!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 7 months ago

Hi Margaret - it's interesting to think about "why people are the way they are".  Is it because of their previous careers.  Upbring?  So many different factors come into play.  You naturally find out the background of people you meet. That makes a difference.  In real estate and in real life.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

Good morning Margaret. I have always believed that everything I have ever done has prepared me for anything I will ever do. I was a teacher, a counselor a traing director for government and a waitress.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago

Hi Margaret!

No matter what you do in business or your chosen career, you have to care. Really, really care. Money doesn't mean anything if the motivation is greed. If serving the needs of people doesn't include caring, then one may be in the wrong business.  

 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 months ago

I was in ad sales and programming sales, then retail, before real estate.  I find my out of the box approach to marketing (not being trained in marketing first as a real estate agent, but someone that had to get results to continue to sell ads,) helps my sellers tremendously.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 7 months ago

My first significant jobs were in the insurance industry.  First as a policy typist, then a rater, and then an underwriter.  Later on, I became a Speedo rep, and sold swimsuits and equipment to swimmers on various swim teams.  I've also worked in the software development industry.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 7 months ago

Hi Margaret- after getting my masters in clinical psychology, I did some psychological testing, then went into staffing office support personnel in companies. Loved that job! 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

Wayne Martin What a background, pre-med, lending, and law. Real Estate was lucky to get you!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Kat Palmiotti  That corporate position prepared you for RE.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Michael Jacobs  Good comment and I think we are the product of all our experiences. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Oh I so agree  Sheila Anderson 

 I have always believed that everything I have ever done has prepared me for anything I will ever do.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Well said Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Chris Ann Cleland Your sellers are really fortunate to have you. Your background helped make you such a success!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat You win for the most diverse !!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Kathy Streib A master in Clinical Psychology prepared you for life! And I am sure you were good at your staffing position. Oh heck, you are good at everything you do!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

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