5 Ways To Show Yourself The Respect You Deserve

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist

It's excusable/understandable for a new agent to absolutely knock themselves out helping others in the quest for new business. A heart to serve is what has made our company great and makes an agent stand out!

However, learning how to respect yourself and your time is the foundation for others to respect you. All you have is your time. Guard it - no one else will do it for you.

It will help to put these effective methods into your real estate practice.

  •  Be Willing to Walk Away From Business -

o    Don't take an overpriced listing just to stay busy...but don't just turn it down. Learn how to refer business to another agent who would be willing to see if they can make it work.

o    Develop an alliance with another REALTOR® who would be willing to help you with a client that just isn't a good fit for you. You don't have to work with everyone.

  • Faithfully Use A Buyer's Agreement - Learn how to present this exciting option which allows your buyer to be protected and assures that you are definitely employed!
  • Require Proof They Can Purchase -

o    Even my buyers who can afford to buy anything on the planet have the courtesy to give me a letter of financial capability - if they cannot or will not provide this, show yourself the respect they refuse to - and politely refer them to someone else.

o    Ask your broker if you do not know what to say or do in this situation.

  • Have a System For Answering/Returning Calls -

o    You are allowed to eat dinner with your family, attend classes, take a nap, have tea with a friend, etc. Decide when and how you will respond to calls.

o    Have a cut-off when your day is over, and let calls go to voicemail.

  • Develop A Schedule For Email - This is one area that is stressing a large portion of the population, even when they are on vacation, and I've been guilty in the past.

o    Decide when the best time is to check email.

o    Plan for response time and use drafts to take pressure off when you need time to research/think about a reply.

o    Use different methods to contact people - if texting or a quick call would be faster, do that instead.

Once you decide what you want your real estate practice to look like, your actions and thoughts will adapt and help you create what you are envisioning...just by knowing where you want to go and where you don't want to go! It doesn't happen overnight, but slowly and surely. I know you can do it!

You will respect yourself more, and you will see respect from others growing, too.

Posted by

Dawn Maloney, REALTOR®, Member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
RE/MAX Haven Realty

Best Listings from Dawn Maloney, REMAX Haven Realty    Direct:  (330) 990-4236         Email: dawn@dawnsold.com

"Distinguished by Service" Helping home buyers and sellers in Summit, Portage, Stark, Medina, Wayne, Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties since 2003. Dawn Maloney, REALTOR® | RE/MAX HAVEN| (330) 990-4236 | All content ©2006-2014 by Dawn Maloney, REALTOR® unless otherwise noted.

Disclaimer: Information contained in this post is deemed reliable on the date of publication, but it is not guaranteed and it is subject to change without notice.

 

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Erin Newington and Terri Moule
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Your email tip is great.  I find I am checking my email every 30 minutes or so and it is a distraction. Thanks for you post.

Jul 07, 2008 12:10 AM #1
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Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson Stow Cuyahoga Falls Silver Lak

1st Priority/Team Newington, It is distracting and a hard habit to break! Be patient with yourself!

Jul 07, 2008 12:12 AM #2
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Brandon Weber
Weber Property Group - Sacramento, CA

I agree with having systems.  The more you use them the more automatic such repetitive things like checking email, voicemail, etc., become.

Jul 07, 2008 12:17 AM #3
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Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson Stow Cuyahoga Falls Silver Lak

Brandon, Systems are the key - even if it is just a decision on how we handle the mail - it helps!

Jul 07, 2008 12:21 AM #4
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Vickie Nagy
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Great post. Thanks for the wonderful reminder and advice for all the members of the Active Rain network.

Jul 07, 2008 12:23 AM #5
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Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson Stow Cuyahoga Falls Silver Lak

Vickie, Thanks. We are working very hard, and we have to have boundaries. Listen to me on that - still blogging at this hour!!! Take care!

Jul 07, 2008 12:27 AM #6
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Hollis Henry
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Excellent post!  I have struggled for several months trying to balance work/family/rest/ vactions/clients and it's been taking a toll.  So your post way very timely for me!

Jul 07, 2008 12:59 AM #7
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Proof that they can buy and a signed buyer broker are so important. All that you said is important, but those 2 are critical we think.

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Michael Setunsky
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Dawn, well said! Be willing to walk away from business is a key factor. Listing overpriced properties hurts both the Seller and the Agent.

Good Post!

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