Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Do You Help New Agents?

Do You Help New Agents?

Over the last couple of years I have built somewhat of a reputation in my office for assisting new and inexperienced agents.

Many times new agents just get the cold shoulder from the full timers.  They just see them as another mouth feeding at their trough.

I look at them differently.  I see them as an opportunity and a possible nightmare.  I hope that with the help of our brokers and caring experienced agents they will become opportunities.Blackboard

To start with they will be hitting the streets representing our office.  What type of reputation do you want them spreading?  They will also at some point possibly be on the other side of a transaction or two with me.  I hope to make it a pleasant experience and not a nightmare. My E&O insurance can also be negatively affected by them if they mess up.

Now for the opportunity:

  • As they are getting started they will be a great resource for holding my listings open.  I want them to be professionals before they go near any of my clients or business. 
  • As they start out many times they will want to team up with an experienced agent to help them do their first few transactions.  I am always available for that.
  • One of them may turn out to be a great candidate for an assistant.  Taking them under your wing is a great way to test them.

The next time you see a new agent walk in join your office you can see them as a problem or an opportunity.  It is your choice.

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

Comment balloon 80 commentsRandy Prothero • December 31 2006 04:27PM

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I teach the Illinois pre-license and continuing education classes. I see them in alls izes, shapes and capabilities. After 30 years, I still see those "seasoned agents" who appear to have one year of practise a multiple of times.
Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) almost 12 years ago

B-I-N-G-O B-I-N-G-O AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME-O

I love to help.  The statistics of a newbie leaving the business are more often than not.  They will see you as caring, patient, giving and kind. What a beautiful way to get referrals!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 12 years ago
I will always help new agents when needed.  I had help when I started, and everyone should get a fair shot!
Posted by Home Design, Home Design and Real Estate almost 12 years ago

Randy this is fabulous as usual I love what you are driven to write about. I'm going to add your link into Monika's post about NAR today. I was the beneficiary of much learning when I was a newbie; tons of help from Realtors® in my office, but also from long standing Realtors® with whom I shared my first deals. It's a win win situation to help out other agents. I look at it this way too; there is always so much to learn on a daily basis, each deal is different in it's own way. Sometimes I will have an experience to aid the deal and sometimes it's the Realtor® on the other side. We all can't automatically know everything and so when we teach and help each other it makes us all better professionals. This does not make me a pollyanna; it makes me want to make a lot of money because we are all professionals instead of flounderers.

 

Happy New Year Randy!

Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 12 years ago

David - There are many people coming and going in our industry.  Each office needs to do a good job of interviewing and supporting.

Renee - Good point, they will have a working relationship with you established.

Jennifer - Well said.  I drew up a contract for two new agents yesterday and went over it with their clients for the signing.  They were so surprised and grateful I would do that for them.  When I started another great agent did the very same thing for me.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I agree Randy.  Do unto others as you would have do unto you.  You're right.  Most realtors forget that these newbies represent our office.  Therefore we should give all we can to help them out.
Posted by Gary Yuzik (Remax Desert Country) almost 12 years ago

Right on!  The first company I was with was large and many of the seasoned agents had absolutely no time for those of us that were new.  Luckily I was able to latch on to a couple of agents that were willing to show me the ropes, but many others crashed & burned.

Luckily I'm at a company now where I can go to almost anyone and get opinions or ideas on how to approach a problem situation.  It means so much to be part of an inclusive group regardless of how long you've been in the business. 

Here's a little story for you:  I befriended a new agent about 2 years ago.  I was very willing to help her in the very beginning.  Well, she happened to do very well in her first year.  In fact so well, that she ended up quitting because she lost so much time with her young children. Now guess who gets referrals from her...  I do!  That's karma.

Anthony Clark, Tulsa, Oklahoma

http://TulsaMetroRealtor.com

Posted by Anthony Clark, Real Estate. It's About Lifestyle! (Clark Partners) almost 12 years ago

Gary - You sure don't want bad agents passing cards with your companies name on it.

Anthony- Great example of how by treating people right referrals will come.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

"Hi Randy"

Well you have to know how I feel about this. :)

If we don't help new agents our industry is screwed. (That was a little harsh, but also very true)

We have had several agents working for us in the past. I fired one of them for lifting up her mini skirt to show a Buyer her 'body piercing'. Yah. I know pretty crude coming from a lady. :)

We have just hired another agent with the hopes that she is going to allow herself to be trained. If you can't train them it's best to get rid of them. I wish all Brokers would train their agents. It sure would help us all a lot.

P.S. The crude lady moved away and now deals cards at a Casino. Much better job for her. SVW.

Renee, I told you I wasn't gonna be too serious tonight. I bet you like the crude lady story. :) That is also very true.

TLW "The Lovely Wife"...Don't You Ask Me What SVW Is Again. LOL. ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Randy great post!!!  I can't even begin to tell you how many fellow agents have helped me along the way and I have always tried to give back some of what I got. Helping new agents is a great way to do that for me.

If you get a chance read my blog on Why I'm a REALTOR 

Happy New Year! 

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 12 years ago

TLW - The lifting skirt may bring her more business.  Probably not real estate though.  That was probably more crude that your story.

Monika - I feel exactly the same as you.  I am going to read your post now.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Randy...How did you make that graphic?? Please tell me....pretty please...
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 12 years ago

Good job Randy, If we can help new agents that only helps the industry in general. Monika and I have been in the business so long that a few of our competitors will call us for advice before they even talk to their broker or manager. That is something we are proud of.

Mahalo and Happy New Year!

Thanks Jay 

Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 12 years ago

Monika - A ten year old version of Printshop.

Jay - I also get calls from Realtor friends from other companies.  It is good to be able to bounce things off others.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Indeed.  It's hard getting started in this business.  When you help new agents, it usually means future help for you. 

 

Lenn

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Great post Randy.  I had to do a little bit of trial and error with a few realtors to see who I could get the "right" answer from  There were several agents that had a wealth of years behind their license but as it turns out, they didn't know the right answers.  Now I know who I can count on!  You may know one of the guys.  He sits right next to the copy machine in our office :)
Posted by 1SG (Ret.) David Kucic, President and Owner (Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Lenn - I have found that to be true.

David - Thanks for the kind words. See you next year.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Carole - I am sorry our responses must have crossed.  Thank you for the link.  I am always learning.  It is great having a network of top agents that you can help each other.  I got a lot of support when I started and feel it is important to do the same for others.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Sharing your talents and time is a big part of giving back, whether it is teaching at the office or sharing at a seminar everyone even beginners have ideas that can help.  Mentoring is a great opportunity for all.
Posted by Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS (Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes) almost 12 years ago
Hey Randy, Good stuff. I love helping new Realtors. The more educated they become the easier my job is in the future.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Teri - That is a good point, you also learn from the new agents.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Bryant  - My worst nightmare is having to be in a transaction with a bad agent.  Education is good for all of us.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

I help new agents.  When I started no one would help me.  After a couple of years in the business I started offering to help new agents with their first P.A., I would talk them through it as their first buyer waited in the next room.  I told them that if they could find a buyer and a house for that buyer that they were amazing and that I would make sure the first purcahse agreement went smoothly.

 

Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) almost 12 years ago

Teresa - That is really great of you.  Your experience when you started is what a good office should avoid.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I always try to offer advice to new people....and if they listen, I help even more.  If they ignore me, I have no time for them. I've discovered that if you're kind to people and they DON'T make it in the business, they can become a referral source down the road.  More of an example of giving begets receiving.  Happy new year, friend!
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) almost 12 years ago

Oh Randy...can you make me one??? But with a woman and working with Monika (with a K not a C) on it???

I don't know how to do that stuff!!!  

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, NH Real Estate Broker (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 12 years ago

Randy-  I bet you are a pleasure to work with!! 

Posted by Shari George (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson) almost 12 years ago

Leigh - I do make an exception if I feel they are wasting my time or do not appear to be ethical.

Monika - I am having trouble finding a good graphic of a woman that would be appropriate.  I got the guy cut out, so I will send it to you and continue to look for a lady to add in.

Shari - I really try to be.  Life is short and we should enjoy what we do.  Thank you.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I love you Randy!!!! You are the best!
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, NH Real Estate Broker (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 12 years ago

i always helped the new loan officers at my old place.... rarely got any compensation (free lunch or even a thank you)

glad my new place doesnt have any newbies

 

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 12 years ago

Monika - I made a new one with your picture from the website.  It's not professional, I hope you like it.

Tom - We have a steady flow of newbies.  I think without them at some point it costs all of us.  The overhead needs to be paid and some experienced agents move on from time to time.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Kudos to you. 

Before I left Keller Williams Realty, I spent alot of time helping new agents understand the basics. 

Now I am with a Brokerage with less new agents so I get to spend less time at it.

 

Thanks for making real estate a better profession for all of us!!!

Posted by David Abernathy, Palm Beach County Real Estate (Waterfront Properties & Club Communities) almost 12 years ago
David - Thank you for the kind words.  The fact you are not afraid to share with others is the sign of a strong agent.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Randy, this is just well thought out and very well written. This should be a must read for all agents. You hit the nail right on the head. 
Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) almost 12 years ago
Randy, this is just well thought out and very well written. This should be a must read for all agents. You hit the nail right on the head. 
Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) almost 12 years ago

Yo Randy,

 

Always love helping the new guys and my broker has me train regularly.  The more I help, the more likely they will help me with showings and watch my listings when I'm on vacation too!  I received great mentoring... still do, so it's the culture of our brokerage.

Posted by Eric Rojas (Rubloff Residential Properties) almost 12 years ago

Jeff - Thank you Jeff.  We were all new agents at one time.

Eric - Sounds like a great brokerage.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Randy, I'm glad to see that there are others out there willing to help the newbie.  As a new office, I find myself helping the new agents much more than I have time to.  But how can we sit by and see them leave as fast as they came.  Thanks for the reminder.
Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) almost 12 years ago
Randy I agree with you and I too like to help whenever I can, we all had to start somewhere so many times  the new agents are seen as competition and not as representing our office we need to remember that what ever mistakes they make they are representing the entire industry and what they do reflects on all of us, so we all should be willing to lend a helping hand.
Posted by Dorinda Anderson (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 12 years ago

Kay - The support and training is wait not only helps them be successful, but stay with your company.

Dorinda -  Their cards have the same company name and that hurts everyone in the office when someone messes up in the market.  As a whole a lot of people have bad feelings about Realtors because of a few agents doing a bad job.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I am new to the real estate business myself one year, I needed help when I first started and most of the help came from online forums and some great agents across the US, When a new agent comes to the office I offer help where I can
Posted by Daniel Lowery, e-PRO, Broker - Owner (1st Choice Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Daniel - Very commendable of you.  I made a point of getting all the training I could and sought out information.  Since joining Active Rain, I have gotten a lot of great information and ideas from the professionals here.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

I always help new agents.  I also help old agents. I prefer to help those that help themselves.

kk

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) almost 12 years ago
KK - I someone is not going to show some determination I stop helping them.  At a certain point it some folks should consider another career.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Randy, as always a great post. Helping others get started will come back to pay you in many ways that will be worth more than money. 

 

Happy New Year!!!   And I hope that 2007 is a prosperous and Blessed year for you and your family.

 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 12 years ago
Every year, a group of us select three new agents to assist, free of charge. I'm always amazed at the number of agents that don't have a business or marketing plan. We also help with branding, etc.
Posted by Carolyn Nelson, The Best Broker in Alamance County! (REALTYONE 247) almost 12 years ago

George - Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous 2007.

Carolyn - You hit on a big one.  No business, no success!

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

I've taught the new agent classes as well and truly enjoy helping them.  I was new once too, and your point about them representing your office is SO true!!!

Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) almost 12 years ago
Great post, Randy. Wish there were more like you. I fortunately had a broker who mentored me when I first started, and although it has only been a few years I have been able to help several other new licensees in the manner that I was helped. Keep up the good work!
Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 12 years ago

Chris - I am sure that teaching those classes benefited you also.

Jeff - It is great you are giving back.  That is the type of thing that makes or business a great occupation to be in.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Randy,

Thanks for the post. It is always a good idea to lend a helping hand for all of the reasons you've outlined. Fortunately, we have this type of culture within our office, in addition to a nine week in-house training program.

Posted by William Collins, Director of Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) almost 12 years ago
Randy you got it right! helping new agents is a win/win situation;  if they perform badly it would be a reflection on the company and as you mentioned they can be a resource.  Most important it is right to extend a helping hand.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 12 years ago
Randy you got it right! helping new agents is a win/win situation;  if they perform badly it would be a reflection on the company and as you mentioned they can be a resource.  Most important it is right to extend a helping hand.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 12 years ago

As an agent and not a Broker or Broker/Owner I wish that office managers and or owners would be available to train new agents.  I am not so sure that for an agent to do any trianing is a good idea, some agents train newbies to do the wrong thing and then the Manager/Broker is responsible for what is taught.  Randy I don't know if you are the Broker or not.  During the past few years with tremendous numbers of new agents coming into the business and with very agents willing to help newbies, at least in my area, it can become a profession unto it's self with no time left for my own business.  I wasn't helped when I started, I was ostracied and actually told the wrong thing by a very unpleasant older agent.  It was very difficult and no I don't wish that on anyone but I don't think it is the role of one agent to train another we neither get paid for the effort and mostly don't even get thanked.

Posted by Miriam Bernstein almost 12 years ago

Randy,

Well written and thoughtful post. Its people like you that will make this Industry rise in the future. We cannot complain about new agents if we don't help them. I am still looking for help and even agents in the business for years and years need help keeping up with technology and changes in the Industry.

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) almost 12 years ago

I am a broker/salesperson, and basically the office manager, so yes, I help the new agents. I do all the training and try hard to remember what I felt like writing the first few contracts and on my first showing. My broker was great and was with me (basically doing it for me, I was so nervous), and I learned a lot. I hope to impart some knowledge and mostly, comfort, to new agents as I teach them. I let them tell me just what they feel they need help with the most.... I hear all the time from agents who passed the licensing course/test then signed on with a broker who hands them a phine book and says "get me listings." The newbies are left without a clue and nobody to help them. If we all take a little more responsibility for helping other agents learn, we will not have many incompetant agents to be complaining about!

Posted by Amber Bourland (Ozarks' Independent Realty) almost 12 years ago
New agents typically get off to a satisfactory start but hit a plateau and oftentimes find themselves floundering by not knowing how to get their production to the next level.  We, as professionals, owe a certain level of care and consideration to help newbies along.  Plus, it can often be a very rewarding and long lasting relationship.  Many agents have found superb team members by extending a warm welcome to new agents.  Thanks for a thought provoking post.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) almost 12 years ago
Randy, great article and I couldn't agree more. It's the same in the mortgage end. Some LO's shun and some help. I know this, I learn as much or more when I teach than the student does! It's a great way to keep my knowledge fresh.
Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) almost 12 years ago
Randy - Great post!  Helping new agents helps both them and you.  I find that "teaching" helps me "learn" and helps me improve!
Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hi Randy,

Great post, I think by helping others you can improve your own life at work, by teaching new agents you are helping yourself, you never know who is going to be on the other side of the transaction.  It may be a new agent that you have taken the time to teach one thing or two.  

Posted by Blanca Cholewczynski, XCO (U) almost 12 years ago

By helping the new agetn you are building a relationship that can help you in the future. I have trained 25 loans officers in the last 10 years. 4 own their own compnaies and we have a good relationship. Would I rather have them with me...yes, but I  do stuill have their respect.

Excellent Post.

Posted by John Klassen (M & T Bank) almost 12 years ago

William - In house training is especially good for agents with no experience.  No all offices are big enough to do that.  Our office depends on helping each other mixed with tutoring from the broker.

Jennifer - You said it wonderfully.  They can undo a lot of good will that it took years to create.

Mariam - I do have a broker's license.  I am operating as a broker/ agent managing my own clients only.  I am sorry to hear of your experience.  Mine has been quite different.  My office has always been a supportive place for new agents.  We are small and pay a higher than normal split, agents are expected to use that to pay for formal training through the Board, etc. since we do not offer formal training.  Our model is not right for everyone.  It was ideal for me.

Karen - You hit on a good point, a lot of experienced agents also need help.  Technology is a blind spot for many.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Amber - You have a great attitude.  I wish more offices had someone like you.  I would run into a lot less unprepared agents in the field.

Diane - Marketing training is heavily done by some of the area offices.  They seem to drop the ball is ethics and fundamentals like contract writing.  Bringing a new agent in a team is a wonderful way for them to learn the business while making money for themselves and others.

Mark - Absolutely, I never stop learning and many times new agents bring a fresh perspective from where ever they came from or you just learn stuff by looking things up to answer tough questions.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Randy - Great post.  I believe very much in good karma and that is exactly what this is.  There is no point in turning a cold shoulder to new agents.  Embrace them and help them as much as you can.   If you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, then you should be confident that they aren't going to take any of your business.  I find that usually the best agents in the office are the ones willing to help (assuming they have some spare time).

We actually have a training manager in our office, but sometimes he is unavailable and obviously he can't help everybody all the time. 

Posted by Brett Mumaw, Your Indiana Move (RE/MAX First) almost 12 years ago

Tony - I can tell by your posts that are very involved in the process.  I am hoping to meet you the end of the month in Las Vegas.  I will be finalizing my plans today or tomorrow.

Blanca - I have had several transactions where the agent on the other side was someone I helped train or helped me when I started.  I have also done several co-listings and shared a buyer with one of those agents.  It is all good.

John - Agents come and go. Some will stay and some will leave.  Many times if they were treated well, they return when they find the grass isn't greener.  Always leave the door open and keep a friendly relationship.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Brett - Really good agents are never threatened by anyone else.  I will always make money based on what I do.  If the other agents in my office are successful i am happy for them.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Randy,

I like the way you think!  My experience being a "newbie" wasn't all that you described but I was hoping that it would be.  I teamed up with a 'seasoned agent'  who was going to help me learn the ropes --- what I learned was more valuable than $$.  Hopefully, as I become more 'seasoned' I will take on some of your attributes.  

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Posted by joanne Douglas (Terrie O'Connor Realtors) almost 12 years ago

Joanne - Good luck, I am sure you will be successful.  A good attitude is the best start.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Helping others just comes natural to me.  I've had couple agents in my advertising and whenever I get a customer thats generated from that advertising, I will share it with the new agent.
Posted by Netta Blackwood, REO/BPO Expert (La Rosa Realty) almost 12 years ago

Netta - That is a really great of you.  You are building relationships that will last for years.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I have been very fortunate as a broker to have experienced agent who are willing to help the newbies. That's only smart. In addition to open houses, they could be training a valuable assistant for their team.
Posted by Kathy Vaughan (Ryan Taylor Homes) almost 12 years ago
Kathy - Great points.  In our office we have to 2-agent teams, otherwise we are a bunch of individual agents.  If things works out I may be the first to actually hire an assistant.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Well, I think a few of us in the office help new agents.  They come and go though......and I have learned that it helps me to help others....so if they happen to stay they have learned enough from the few of us to understand that "our" way is through ethics first. 
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago
Celeste - You have been one of those that has always gone out of your way to help the new agents.  Welcome to Active Rain!!
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Thank you for this post.  I'm one of those new agents that found a kind soul in our office to let me latch on to her and learn some of the ropes.  I'm not quite in the position to help people yet - I'm still pretty green, but once I get comfortable with the groove of things, I'm planning on helping out the new guy too!
Posted by Kelly McDonald over 11 years ago
Kelly - Even as a newer agent, you will be amazed how many simple things that you know will make another agents life so much easier.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
I missed this one first time around Randy. Great outlook on how to treat new agents. It wasn't that long ago that I was new, so for me it's still easy to want to help out, but you make some great points!
Posted by Ryan Hukill - Edmond, Realtor, Team Lead (ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite) over 11 years ago
Ryan - Anything a new agent does will reflect on everyone in your office.  We all have a vested interest in being sure that those who are in our office are all professionals.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
I always like to help out new agents.  I remember not so long ago I was a new agent and had a wonderful top producer in my office take me under her wings.  She was able to let me handle a few of her transactions with her guidance.  This allowed me to network with other agents, hold open houses, and potentially grab clients of my own.  It was extremely helpful and I will always remember that.
Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) over 11 years ago
Bill - It is great, that you had a quality agent like that in your office.  Too many times I hear from new agents how they were left on their own and had terrible results and made a few bad mistakes that could have been avoided.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

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