July 8, 2015

The Ten Personalities of Realtors

Throughout history researchers have attempted to categorize people by their personality types.  Are you a Caregiver?  Peacemaker?  Nurturer?  Doer?  It's fun to read through these lists to see which one you believe yourself to be.  Having worked in the real estate industry for twenty-plus years, I've come to realize that we Realtors are a breed of our own. Therefore, we need our own classifications.

The Ally.  You are friendly and accommodating.  You understand that everyone has one common goal:  to get a house sold and closed.  There's no making waves for you.  Cooperation is your key to success.  Other agents will totally accept your friend request on Facebook.

The Neophyte.  You've been in the industry for less than a year.  Your idea of doing industry research is checking out Miley Cyrus' latest digs on Instagram.  You won't let studying an inspection report or learning about financing get in the way of doing Jager Bombs in Broad Ripple.  If you don't get serious, you'll be back at Steak-n-Shake serving up cheese fries.

The Scavenger.  You will do just about anything to get a listing.  Reduce your commission to $500 to beat your competitors?  No problem!  Rebate a buyer 50%?  Yep.  Sorry, Charlie, the old adage "you get what you pay for" applies to you.

The Basket-Case.  Your emotions are out of control.  The sky is always falling and the smallest blip turns your life upside down.  Take a deep breath, my friend.  You will get through this, and life will be OK.  However, if you can't seem to make it through this transaction, my third grader has an extra chill pill you can have.

The Mentor.  You've a true pro in the industry.  You serve as a teacher and enjoy helping other agents in any way.  Sharing advice and resources gives you pleasure.  Working with you is a good as a cup of chicken noodle soup and a fuzzy blanket.

The Magician.  You're skilled in the art of illusion.  You have some awesome tricks up your sleeve:  vanishing and reappearing at just the right time, walking on water, catching a bullet, etc.  If only your magic skills were as good as your people skills.  Try your hocus pocus with another crowd.

The Bully.  You are a total know-it-all.  In your mind, nobody can hold a candle to your expertise.  Your holier-than-thou attitude is apparent.  You badger other agents with your strong opinions.  When someone disagrees with you, you attack.  We can all see right through your self-esteem issues.  The bullied has become the bully.

The Administrator.  You get things done.  Your organizational skills are stellar.   If you had the time to memorize the covenants and restrictions for each of your listings, you would.  Your world is ruled by checklists and order.  We thank you for keeping us in line and helping make us look like we are as organized as you.

The Fossil.  You've been in the industry for more than 50 years.  Your glamour shot is awesome, even if it's 20 years old.  The internet baffles you.  You still go to your clients' homes to get their real signature on a real piece of paper.  It takes you longer to send a five word text than it would to hand-write the Gettysburg Address.  Time to hang up your blazer, baby.

The Snake.  You come across as such a pleasant person when you are face-to-face.  But, oh, when it's just the right moment....zing!  You are the champ of back-handed compliments.  Negative selling is your forte.  News flash:  talking smack about other agents only makes you look like the creep you are...zing!

So, what kind of agent are you?  If you can't figure it out, just ask me.  And remember, we are all in this together.  Cooperation and kindness make life easier for everyone.

The Golden Rule rules,
Dr. Carrie


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