With the real estate market changing this year I have seen a lot of Realtors changing office in search of "Greener Pastures". I could write a whole book about why Realtors need to be careful about looking for an office or Broker that will make them successful but I have addressed my strong feelings about that in previous posts.
Since "Greener Pastures" rarely exist I encourage Brokers and agents to be careful when they part and to make sure bridges are not burned and peace exists in spite of a difference of opinions.
After I sold my real estate company in 1997 I joined a very visible and successful real estate company. My business started to grow and each year was better than the last. My business grew in spite of some things I saw in ownership and leadership that I did not agree with.
In 2002 a Realtor I worked with and a partner of his decided to open another RE/MAX office and I was invited to be part of the new office. I had a deep respect for my friend and thought he was making a good move so I decided to join the new office along with 6 other agents. It was a huge shot heard around our town and a lot of things were being said.
When I made the decision to join the new team I made an appointment to talk to my existing broker. I mentioned my concern for some of the decisions that had been made and a concern for some of his actions. I said I did not harbor any ill feelings but I was making a change to the new office. The first thing out of his mouth is "What will it take to keep you here?". I responded by saying that this was not up for negotiation and my decision was made and final. Again, I was asked "What will it take to keep you here?". I again responded by saying my decision was made and was final and wished him well.
When my broker realized I was not staying but indeed going I was immediately told that "I was boarding a sinking ship!" and "You are going to fail!" A few other choice words were mentioned that I cannot repeat. He started to yell at me profously I told my broker I was sorry he felt the way he did and that I did not want to end our relationship on a bad note and I wanted nothing but the best for him and his company. He would not even shake my hand when I offered it and that was that.
My new office started in early 2002 and by 2005 it was the #1 RE/MAX real estate company in our market area and still holds that honor today. It grew from the 7 of us in 2002 to 65 licensed agents in 2006.
In early 2005 I saw a Realtor come out of my current brokers office and he had a tear in his eye. I asked him if everything was alright and he responded by saying he could not believe what just happened. He said he met with our broker to tell him he was leaving our company concentrate on a real estate career in neighboring Boise about 15 minutes from our office.
He went on to say that our broker was sad to see him go and then said. "You are a smart man and I am sure you have thought this out well. I wish you the best and want you to know you are always welcome back. May I pray for you?"
He said my broker proceeded to pray for him and his new career. He was just blown away and he just lost it.
My point is that there are a lot of emotions flying around in the real estate market. A lot of brokers are seeing agents leave and either search for another real estate company or go into a different career altogether.
Regardless of the decisions we make it makes a whole lot of sense to respect each other and to want the best for everyone that walks in and out of our office. Simply take the HIGH ROAD.
Remember that we can pierce each others hearts with a sword or we can heal with words of respect and kindness. We eventually have to work with each other and having "good feelings" between us will pay huge dividends.
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