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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I have belonged to a service group for years that meets for breakfast. It has led to leads and business.

If you are active in any group, you have a chance to display the type of person that you are. Make sure the group members know that you are a real estate agent. Then it is up to them to decide if you are the right person to help them with their real estate needs.

Jun 16, 2021 02:52 PM
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Peter Mohylsky. Broker
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
BRIX REALTY

It depends if you like the breakfast.  or actually do you have a better use of your time?  That is my big threshold. I am a firm believer that realtors do not make money hangng out with other realtors.  the social aspect of this business is definitely different than the business side.  

 

What is the best use of my time today?

Jun 16, 2021 01:29 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It certainly can, Will Hamm 

Yet, I am adding that it will depend on the networking group. Many networking groups are tight groups that know each other well and confidently make referrals.  

I've attended some groups where the people seemed only to be there for what they could get and less interested in giving. That is a formula that does not work well. 

Along those lines, the people must be able to provide exceptional service to get my endorsement. Some people lack the ability to do tht. 

Jun 16, 2021 04:30 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not really.

Jun 16, 2021 01:46 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It depends who attends, and their character.  And are they on your wave length, that is the real question.  A

Jun 16, 2021 01:43 PM
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Will- I've belonged to many breakfast and lunch networking groups and it all depends. It depends on the other members as well as how much you're willing to put into it. 

Jun 16, 2021 03:27 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Breakfast, no.   Cocktail hour, yes.

Jun 16, 2021 05:04 PM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

it definitely can, depends on what you put into it, and suggest your mindset is helping group members referring business to them, think you will find you get a better return. also, caveat is to vet the members to make sure they are competent and trustworthy.

Jun 16, 2021 02:15 PM
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Mayra Espinosa Realtor San Mateo Pacifica Homes
Mayra Espinosa Broker- Realtor | Call 650-996-8961 - Pacifica, CA
San Mateo County Real Estate | Buy | Sell | Invest

Yes. Networking is a magnificent way to meet people who may have business connections that could lead to more opportunities for your business. Whether it's through an informal meeting at a coffee shop or on-site at one of our weekly breakfast meetings, there are plenty of ways you can network with other professionals in your industry or other industries and get connected with potential leads. 

Jun 16, 2021 01:03 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Simply going out to breakfast has been a better tool for business. Most conversations will turn to real estate at some point.

Jun 16, 2021 04:11 PM
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Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Yes, I believe it does.  Business always comes for me from the people that know and trust me.  Networking is a great way to show that you are trustworthy and people are willing to call upon you when they have a referral.

Jun 17, 2021 04:44 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have never found such networking events particularly useful. I'd rather have breakfast with a previous client... that leads to business.

Jun 17, 2021 04:37 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I know it does, I belonged to BNI and I do belong to  The SD Chamber of Commerce. Cha-ching!

Jun 16, 2021 08:58 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not the one I went to...  plus they all start way too early.

Jun 16, 2021 07:45 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I can't imagine attending - I've not eaten breakfast in over 50 years!!  It would all depend on the group; are they there to give or receive? 

Jun 16, 2021 05:08 PM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

nope

Jun 16, 2021 04:23 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Was not successful for me but wish you well Will Hamm!

Jun 17, 2021 08:37 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Potentially... All depends upon the nature of the group & their commitment to supporting each other.

Jun 17, 2021 04:35 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Depends on the makeup of the group and your degree of active participation.

Jun 17, 2021 04:04 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

You never know where your next deal will come from. Expanding your SOI is always a good thing!

Jun 17, 2021 03:05 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It depends upon the quality and motivations of the attendees.

Jun 16, 2021 04:46 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Will Hamm generally going to networking breakfast group can help generate business.

Jun 16, 2021 03:31 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Having a full stomach is a good start....

Jun 16, 2021 02:20 PM
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Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It can't hurt and you'll be meeting some new folks...maybe

Jun 18, 2021 10:18 AM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Yes I have received business from our breakfast group. I have also referred others to those in our group. 

 

Jun 16, 2021 06:39 PM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I know it does, if you have the right group.  I've done loans for fellow Rotarians, and just being a Rotarian got me a meeting with one of the highest producing real estate agents in my market when I was just a year into the business.

Not all groups are created equal, but a good group is good for business and for the soul : )  Plus, who doesn't love breakfast?

Jun 17, 2021 05:49 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

OMG yes.  I was heavily involved with the Chamber I met a lot of amazing people, some that are clients to this day.  And that started years and years ago.  We met every Friday at 7:00 for an hour.  Power packed group.

Jun 17, 2021 01:03 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

BNI has been around for decades. Some seem to be receiving value.
I find ANY group that embraces the culture of 'YES' will prove extremely beneficial. 

Jun 17, 2021 10:12 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's not my thing to try to get business at social events and eating a meal with others for me is a social event.

Jun 17, 2021 09:20 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Breakfast is importand, beyond that it depends on what you do during and after the event.

Jun 17, 2021 08:25 AM
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Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

You get what you give.  All networking should have a platform.  Purpose/theme of meeting (agenda)

Articulating haves and wants spreads the word over time.

Handing out business cards and not exchanging value should exclude you from the group.😎

Jun 17, 2021 06:04 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Networking here gets me far more business and I don't have to get dressed, seriously been there done that and no.

Jun 17, 2021 05:44 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

We are in a relationship business so such gatherings are beneficial to ones future in our profession.  However timing is essential as is time management so we must all choose where and when we network.

Jun 16, 2021 11:08 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I belonged to a BNI-type group when I was working and the answer is definitely YES! Everyone is there to give and get leads.  I got quite a bit of business from it. Any networking group is good if done properly. I was very involved in various golf organizations and got a lot of business from that. I never actually "solicited" for business but everyone knew what I did so when they had real estate questions or needed real estate services they talked to me.  What could be better than getting business from having fun? 

Jun 18, 2021 06:16 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I'm a big believer in networking.  But have not liked the breakfast club thing. Too forced. I make more contacts at the athletic club I belong to and where I swim every morning.  Better for my health, too. 

Jun 17, 2021 01:57 PM
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Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA
Builder

it has

Jun 17, 2021 10:35 AM