Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

None of the above ~ I always dress professionally when in "business mode" and in my own style. No one has ever objected to how I present myself.

Nov 27, 2015 09:55 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I think in our industry we should dress accordingly...if someone is showing a farm property it would be silly to show up in a designer suit.  If showing luxury property, it's probably inappropriate to show up in flip flops & board shorts.  

I always dress professionally, but never over the top -  I dont want the type of clients that would judge me based on a car or designer brand

Nov 27, 2015 01:42 PM
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers,

I have changed clothes three times in a day to make sure my clients felt comfortable in the environment each meeting calls for. But here in the desert silk shirts and pressed silk shorts are business attire most days

Nov 27, 2015 10:52 PM
Susan Emo
Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I don't bother myself with what other Realtors wear.  At this stage of my life (and the last 30 years or so) I do not pay much attention to what fashion dictates.  I don't do casual very well and never have.  I have my own style and as Popeye used to say "I yam what I yam!"

Nov 27, 2015 10:41 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

After the first meeting and ground rules are established, then I might go business casual, but only if the weather demands it. I guess #2

Nov 27, 2015 10:01 PM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Dress clean and neat. Business casual is fine in most cases around here. I know female agents that carry different shoes in their trunk. They might statr the day with high heels, but if someone calls them wanting to see a farm property, they just switch to tennis shoes, hiking boots, rubber boots, or whatever the situation calls for.

Nov 27, 2015 08:56 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It should be whatever the business norm is in the community.  Here in Santa Barbara, the men wear slacks and a nice shirt.  In the winter, they wear a sweater and a sportscoat.  Each area is different.

The women wear dresses or nice slacks and tops, or skirts.  A

Nov 27, 2015 01:19 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I dress for the office. Not alot of jewelry or fancy clothes.  I'm comfortable.

During the nicer weather I wear skirts & dresses.

If I have appointment scheduled in the country I'm comfy in my boots and jeans. 


Nov 28, 2015 12:49 PM
Debbie Laity
CinaJones Real Estate - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County

We don't worry about that in my market. We are very casual and most of us wear jeans. 

Nov 28, 2015 08:30 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think it's important to look professional.

Nov 28, 2015 08:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Each part of the country is different. Understanding what is the professional work attire will set the stage for what you should wear. If we want to be viewed as a professional we need to look like one!

Nov 28, 2015 06:44 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I was taught years ago in business you drees one step above your clients.  Remember what you look like is a reflection on the entire profession

Nov 28, 2015 05:31 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

As their clients.  In our market that would be business casual.

Nov 28, 2015 01:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think that option #2 is the generally recommended practice for most professions.

Nov 28, 2015 01:03 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

<<<<<<---------------- Just like this   unless you are a women like Inna Ivchenko and then you dress in something professional that brings out how beautiful you are kinda like Inna does.

Nov 28, 2015 12:47 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Inna Ivchenko all good to consider but I dress accordingly meaning I am aware as to what to wear

Nov 27, 2015 10:57 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it depends on what we are showing them....if it's land: work boots and jeans....if it's luxury properties: dressed very nicely.... if it's a dump: well, I won't go in!!

Nov 27, 2015 10:25 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Reasonably better than client. Why?

So the other professionals encountered can know who they should be talking to and who should be directed to ask their agent. I find assurance in talking with an agent who does not appear to have just emerged from the sand box or back yard garden.

If an agent thinks clients can be 'impressed' by how one dresses, that agent is living in a world long gone. That is last century thinking. However, without exception, such indulgence will make an impression, unlikely favorable.

Nov 27, 2015 09:25 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

You will get lots of differnt responses here depending upon to some degree what is considered "usual and customary" for that market. We believe you should dress in the manner you wish to be treated....for us, it's "busienss best" and not casual.

Nov 27, 2015 08:41 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Great question and it depends! What are you selling and where are you selling it?

Nov 27, 2015 08:21 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Inna-I pick none of the above. I would say I dress more for the real estate. I am showing.

Nov 27, 2015 07:38 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Saturday morning Inna. I think we should dress appropriately for the client. Business casual at a minimum.

Nov 27, 2015 06:04 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Inna. I dress casual all the time. I don;t focus on how I should or should not dress, it seems to be working just fine.

Nov 27, 2015 06:02 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I aim for one step up from the clients, and I definitely keep the property I'm showing/listing in mind. Nothing looks sillier than stiletto shoes while walking a piece of raw land!

Nov 27, 2015 02:29 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

You want your clients to feel comfortable with you so my choice is #1.

Nov 27, 2015 01:20 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Business casual for me.  No suit & tie (except for my picture), polo and cargo pants is what I tend to wear.

Nov 28, 2015 07:34 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Our norm is much like that of Ron and Alexandra Seigel, maybe it's the ocean influence that has us dressing resort chic.  

Nov 28, 2015 04:58 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

By someone who is not color blind and observes a color pallet.

Nov 28, 2015 03:51 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Inna.  If I were to dress like my clients, I would be in shorts and t-shirts.  Which I would like, but I don't think it would be good for my image.

Nov 28, 2015 03:38 AM
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

I show "Concrete & Sand", so in the burbs & Downtown, I'm in a shirt and tie. In the beach communities, I'm of course going to wear, a shirt & tie. 

I dress as the professional I am and they expect me to be. If it's over 80 degrees, I lose the tie (never let them see you sweat) . I fell into the whole "Tommy Bahama shirt thing here for a while, as other agents made fun of me looking like a lawyer. But, I reverted back when I decide I'd rather look & feel professional (the 20%-ers) than conform with (the 80%-ers).

I dress so I feel professional, I do not judge or spend much time caring how other agents show up. It's the SF,CA agent in me, in the Bay Area, you wouldn't dream of showing up without a coat & tie to the office back in the day. But, I also agree with John Meussner  & Michael Jacobs & Michael Thornton 's comments; I wouldn't wear a suit to show a farm or raw land for example, nor a tie on our sweltering 80's-90's summers. I keep it real. 


Nov 28, 2015 12:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I think it's up to the individual agent.  

Nov 27, 2015 11:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The dress practices have changed and now vary form community to community. We do not see many men in coats and ties anymore.

I think it does pay to dress to impress, casual or dressy.

Nov 27, 2015 11:36 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

4 - Dress professionally regardless of what the client is wearing.  By the time I meet them face to face, they are already under a Buyer Broker Agreement.

Nov 27, 2015 11:31 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lately, it is tough to determine who the REALTOR is, as dress is getting so casual at times.   I like to dress business casual, unless showing rural acreage or mountain properties. 

Nov 27, 2015 10:51 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Albuquerque is a laid back city.  It's jeans and dress shirt for me. 

Nov 27, 2015 10:46 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Inna Ivchenko I guess I'm from the old school. Agents should dress for success not necessarily to impress, but business like. First impression always counts.

Nov 27, 2015 10:38 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Personally as I am selling something of value it will be a suit and tie; the only exception would be a farm or land and a sweltering hot day might lose the tie.

Nov 27, 2015 10:05 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No 1 most of the time and No 2 if that would be effective.

Nov 27, 2015 09:21 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Business casual is acceptable in most markets except for perhaps the luxury market

Nov 27, 2015 09:14 PM
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

Larry Johnston got this one. I work mostly a small town rural area where casual dress is the norm for doing business.

Nov 27, 2015 07:47 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Professionally.  You are right those wear like a slob often have crummy clients.

As for younger people, if they are super-successful they prefer super successful agents also.   I refer them to their age agents unless they are down to earth.  In Silicon Valley many fit in that category.

Nov 27, 2015 01:53 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

When I got my license, I attended a seminar of a very aggressive mentor, who made Realtors, who dress well, look like criminals, since the people who serve/hired should always remember their place. According to him: woman agents should wear little/no make up, hair away from face, no ''blinks'', ''no destruction' outfit, no heals, etc.

Yet, I noticed that the agents who dress nicely, drive nice cars, wear ''blinks''  attract ''better'' clients. 

Example: you are about to meet a younger buyer. Would you think twice what you wear? p.s.  younger generation of clients, supper successful financially, usually wear ripped denim, Vans shoes and a t-shirt~ you can not tell from your first impression if he/she has money or not! 


Nov 27, 2015 01:21 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

depends a bit on the atmosphere, country, urban, 3 mil 200k... i would say match your clients. without leaving your taste alltogether

Nov 27, 2015 01:19 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

I think the area you live in determines the way you dress ....I wear jeans everyday ....nice shirt and shoes, but I always wear jeans! 

Dec 01, 2015 05:30 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Inna - Business casual here in Arizona for me. Too hot to wear a suit, and I think that would actually be a real turn off to some clients, unless you were selling luxury homes. I actually have seen many agents wear shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops. It's pretty casual here in the valley of the sun.

Nov 30, 2015 03:46 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®


I am not dressed to impress but to serve. I wear my blue jeans, boots and always a nice top with or without a jacket.

Nov 28, 2015 09:36 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Inna Ivchenko usually #1 - though at the first meeting, thoroughly professional if I am meeting them for the first time.

Nov 28, 2015 03:33 PM