Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
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You look like a librian - I doubt that! What the heck it the real estate brokery look!!??

Aug 21, 2017 04:24 PM
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Hella,

My mother was a research librarian for several of Fortune 500 companies, and she always looked in style and great.  In my opinion the librarians that I met were with it...A

Aug 21, 2017 04:16 PM
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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
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I was at the DMV a year ago as my wife was having to take a driving test to get her license renewed. I was wearing "Realtor" clothing which on this day was black shoes, wood pants, spread color shirt with restrained tie, silver Rolex watch and very well groomed. I was standing near the line where folks wait for the DMV guy to say, "Next". I also had a yellow legal pad as I was taking notes on some marketing. I sneezed and turned around and 20 people where standing behind me. They said, almost in unison, "We're tired of waiting for you to get back to work!". No librarian for me but a guy who works at the DMV!?

  And actually I think blonde librarians are hot!

Aug 21, 2017 07:13 PM
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    I was in Publix the other day, I was wearing a white shirt and a tie.  Lady thought I was the manager.   Sigh.

Aug 21, 2017 05:29 PM
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Steve Higgins
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I don't think clothing makes the person, but you should dress appropriate for your area. Here we dress business casual. 

Aug 21, 2017 06:51 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I like dressing better than the average guy when I'm at work or play BUT I don't spend much money, I shop the thrift stores and rummage sales.

Aug 21, 2017 06:23 PM
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It does take  bit more than clothes, but they help.

Aug 21, 2017 06:03 PM
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Well, I never thought you look like a librarian, Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®! Glad you got yourself back on-track this morning though! 

Aug 21, 2017 04:47 PM
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Lyn Sims
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Not getting it. You do feel better in clothes that you like which shows thru.

Aug 21, 2017 04:43 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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If you have an appointment, I can understand dressing with casual business attire.... but casual attire is appropriate if you don't have an appointment... what I wear is all color coordinated and nicely pressed.... there's nothing wrong with casual attire.... a sundress... jumpsuit... there are alot of nice outfits you could wear and not feel inappropriately dressed...

Aug 21, 2017 04:04 PM
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Joe Pryor
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I like selling from home in my pajamas but i do dress for the appropriate occassion.

Aug 21, 2017 03:56 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hmmm, not sure what clothes those might be. It depends on the area I suppose. Does a real estate professional dress any differently than other professionals?

Aug 21, 2017 03:40 PM
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Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
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Idon't think so!  Wear what is appropiate for your area. That is what I do. And here it's Hawaiin shirts.

Aug 21, 2017 03:33 PM
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I had a car bumper sticker which says: "Trust Me I am a Realtor". On a trip to another city people kept smiling at me and the sticker on top of my laptop.

 

Aug 21, 2017 03:11 PM
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That's why I never step inside a Target while wearing a red polo shirt and khaki pants.   Or a ski mask at the bank. 

Aug 22, 2017 05:13 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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How interesting... I guess my personal style is such that no one ever mistook me for a librarian... then again, my style is still fairly corporate because that's what I was used to for 20 years before doing real estate. 

Aug 22, 2017 04:14 AM
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William Feela
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I have had people say I look professional and I have gotten listings over other agents that dressed sloppy

Aug 21, 2017 03:42 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Hello....I would like to check out a book please

Aug 21, 2017 03:32 PM
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Lynnea Miller
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I always suggest people wear their real estate name badge. You never know when this can generate a real estate conversation and, perhaps, a new client.

Aug 22, 2017 08:03 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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I would have enjoyed seeing you walk down the street with your yard sign! 

 

Aug 21, 2017 08:02 PM
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Sybil Campbell
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It does make a difference.

Aug 21, 2017 07:56 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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I think it depends on your market. I like to dress a little better than my clients as it makes me feel in control of the situation.

Aug 21, 2017 07:45 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Not sure what we're "supposed" to look like - I guess it depends on where you are

Aug 22, 2017 10:29 AM
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LOL!  Well I know of one agent in San Diego where her lack of clothes makes her...

Aug 22, 2017 09:14 AM
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Those who CAN be confused by clothing, WILL be.

Aug 22, 2017 09:12 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

For me, 'clothes make the person' in any career field Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®.  In a past career, I was always dressed the same as the guys, in a dark suit and always had a jacket of some type (could be a match or a coordinated piece) and I always got asked questions as you had that 'look' of authority.  Fortunately I knew the answers or could get someone who did, so it was a real confidence builder.  I do think it makes a difference in how you are perceived.  In real estate, depending on your area, it can be so much more casual, that going in shorts is not stared at, and going in a suit would be!  When there are no parameters, I've always thought it best to use good judgment and look more than presentable, but to look professional.  Hard sometimes to tell 'who' is the realtor when I see them showing homes to clients, and I think they should 'stand out' in some way.  And I do think it depends on one's style, though I have seen many styles!

Aug 22, 2017 09:02 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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I love libraries so I see nothing wrong with being mistaken as a librarian (unless you did the bun thing)? 😧 I do get called a lawyer a lot in San Diego because I'm shirt and tie 👔 6 days per week. I'm a pro so I dress like a pro. Tommy Bahama is great for Sunday's off and vacations. 😎

Aug 22, 2017 05:57 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The right clothes are different in different markets and individual tastes.  

Aug 22, 2017 05:46 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
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Steve Higgins nailed this one!

Aug 22, 2017 05:12 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I like to be neat, but comfortable, professional, but not stuffy

Aug 22, 2017 05:06 AM
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Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
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I think it cant hurt.... 

Aug 22, 2017 03:42 AM
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
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Yes, we need to dress the part!

Aug 22, 2017 02:02 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
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Well the saying used to be clothes make the man... but then there is another saying Don't judge a book by its cover... so pick your poison .. that's my last saying here now lol

Jan 02, 2018 04:03 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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There is one Broker in our office that wears jeans every single day and does $10million+ every year.    I don't think so.

Aug 24, 2017 08:20 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Good for you Hella.

Aug 23, 2017 06:48 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® --- Well, I rarely show up in public as a Real Estate person.

Got to do something about it, I guess....

Aug 22, 2017 10:32 PM
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Melissa Jackson REALTOR
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In our market I see agents dressed up with jewelry, makeup and big hair. I also run into some that forgot to finish getting dressed. I know it's summer but .. really?  During baseball season I meet ladies showing in their jersey and shorts. Maybe it depends on your location. 

Aug 22, 2017 09:10 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Funny,  I wear a R on my shirt most days and a name tag.

 

Aug 22, 2017 11:24 AM
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
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I tend to dress it up upon first meeting, then when I see how my clients dress, I try to dress in a similiar fashion.  The only exception is selling nudist colony property which I probably am considered over dressed 

Aug 22, 2017 10:50 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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When I work, I look professional and stylish. When I shop at Ralph or spend time with my family, I do not want any attention and look as average as possible. 

Aug 22, 2017 10:35 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Well, at least you know you are a shoe-in for an alternate occupation if you ever want a change. 

Aug 22, 2017 07:19 AM
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Ben DeHaven
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It'll definitely make you look more professional. 

Aug 22, 2017 05:18 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Appearance has a big impact on relationships.

Aug 22, 2017 04:46 AM