Tara Berkoski, Hamptons Real Estate Agent (Nest Seekers International)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I would disagree about asking other Realtors.  We are a pretty cocooned bunch and I've found the greatest advice comes from people outside of our business.  You don't want to do the same thing as everyone else.  Be authentic, be your own original self.  And, don't worry about what other Realtors may or may not think of you and your business!  They are not your clients or future business.  Keep them at arms length!

Jan 03, 2016 04:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Susan Emo has given you excellent advice.  I just would add that learn everything you can about your marketplace, not just the stats but the personality and lifestyles of the people who live there...A

Jan 03, 2016 04:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

No matter what ... never sell your soul for a dollar. Keep your clients best interest at heart all the time.  Do not do as others do and say ... do the right thing. Study hard and learn the contracts. Be authentic. Don't beg for business. Avoid the Guru Party coaching.

Jan 03, 2016 04:50 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

6 month of reserve for living..... Lots of up front investment and a risky profession that may not work for everyone.

Jan 03, 2016 04:30 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

There was a lot of participation in the recent October Challenge on this very subject.  The comment section has links to dozens and dozens of entries!

Jan 03, 2016 04:13 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Observe and ask questions of seasoned agents.

Jan 03, 2016 03:55 AM
Shannon Ensor
ENSOR Real Estate Group - Austin, TX
Author, Realtor/Broker

Get a good mentor. Read lots of RE-related books in your spare time (Your Key to Open House Success, for example). Nurture your SOI (sphere of influence). 

Jan 03, 2016 03:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Get a great coach, or join a great team, just took on another agent for our team tonight and have him enrolled in coaching.

Mar 12, 2019 10:49 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Run away!  Don't look back!

Jan 03, 2016 02:29 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Don't waste money until you are financially stable.  Fees can cause havoc.

Jan 03, 2016 12:43 PM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Join a team or mentor in order to learn the ropes.

As for books ... The Millionare Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller  and  21 Things I Wish My Broker Had Told Me by Ed Cook

Jan 03, 2016 11:17 AM
Elisa Bruno-Midili, NYS Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Cafe Realty - Mount Kisco, NY
Cafe Realty 914.230.0650

Learn about the community and become a connector of people to resources. Focus on others and present options so clients are able to make educated choices. Educate your clients with genuine knowledge and expertise. Best to be aware of your own strengths and talents to use time effectively. So much more...

Jan 03, 2016 08:42 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tara Berkoski Work for a Broker with a good training and mentoring program.

Jan 03, 2016 07:02 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Don't worry about chasing every piece of new technology that comes down the pike. Budget your marketing funds.

Jan 03, 2016 05:47 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I agree with others about finding a mentor.  Though, finding one that gels with your style and personality is not easy, but worth the effort.

Jan 03, 2016 04:05 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Great answers

Best of luck. I hope you made it!

Nov 09, 2019 10:18 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Tell everyone what you do and hand them a business card

Jan 25, 2017 05:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Be yourself and be improving everyday.  

Jan 05, 2016 03:26 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Prospect every day.

Jan 03, 2016 09:51 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tara. Network a lot, blog like crazy and fine a mentor.

Jan 03, 2016 06:13 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Tara. Nothing stands in the way of lead generation.

Jan 03, 2016 05:28 PM
Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

get out and meet people , network everything, and get your brand into peoples hands without them realizing that's what your doing

Jan 03, 2016 05:18 PM
Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

Eat mor chikin!

Jan 03, 2016 01:14 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Hang out here at ActiveRain.  Read, read, read.  There is so much to learn here.

Jan 03, 2016 11:28 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

my best advice is to go to work for a firm where you will have a mentor, be it a broker or another agent. You can take years to figure it out or you can work with someone who will teach you how to get business and do business well.

Jan 03, 2016 11:10 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Find a great employing broker with a mentorship program or training program. 

Jan 03, 2016 11:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Find a great broker that will mentor you and meet with you weekly


Jan 03, 2016 10:09 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Get a coach. Don't start out your career following people with bad habits. 

If you want to 'see those habits' look at the people hanging around the office.

Jan 03, 2016 08:44 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Education, training, mentorship, keeping your eye's open and your mouth closed except to ask questions.  Do not lose sight of your goals when you get that first piece of business.  

Jan 03, 2016 08:29 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Don't expect great success working just 40 hours a week. You have to work smart and long hours and earn your dues. It may take months to get your business flowing but know if you keep up doing what you need to do, you are building a foundation for a great career and it get easier with each year.

Jan 03, 2016 07:59 AM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

When you get advise from agents that are really listing and selling real estate, take the advise and do what they suggest even if it is not in your comfort zone.  Learn from the agents on AR.  They are not in direct competition with you and are sharing some excellent ideas on how to succeed as a real estate agent. 

Jan 03, 2016 07:50 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

decide your boundaries with your clients and customers early so you don't feel like you have to answer phone calls at midnight, or show homes with an hours notice.  If it loses you a client, you will probably be saving yourself future head and heart aches.

Also.  Stuff happens.  Take responsibility for the mistakes you make, but don't take responsibility for the things that others created.  You will have enough opportunities for a commissionectomy on your own issues to afford to give into others demands for your money.

Jan 03, 2016 07:16 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Find a mentor and stick to them like glue.

Jan 03, 2016 06:37 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Always be prospecting, generating leads, searching for new business. This will even out the peaks and valleys of income along the way and provide a good foundation for long-term growth.

Jan 03, 2016 05:44 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Find a successful agent to mentor you or consider joining a team so you can learn from more experienced agents. It can take years to become a really productive Realtor.

Jan 03, 2016 05:42 AM
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Tara Berkoski I think picking a niche is important based on your market, your needs, skills, sphere, ect.

Jan 03, 2016 05:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Be prepared to do some serious networking and build a database.

Jan 03, 2016 05:23 AM