By Brittney A. Bissett
As REALTORS®, we are discouraged from discussing the quality of a school system when helping buyers find a home. Unfortunately for REALTORS® in Northeast Ohio this week, that discussion will be a rough one to handle. I work in an office that is located 15 minutes away from Chardon High School. Chardon is part of the area my office covers and I have been through the area extensively. I drive past the exit from Interstate 90 to State Route 44 that runs right through the heart of Chardon every time I drive to my office. I grew up in this area and my school was in the same athletic conference as Chardon.
I haven’t had a client ask me yet about Chardon and what the school system is like, I would have to be honest and say not only is Chardon an amazing school system but an amazing community as well. From the children, to the parents, administrators, and the officials involved, everyone has been a class-act, supportive, and professional considering the circumstances. It is a sad fact that this tragedy, that no one has really had any clear explanation for yet, will be a black mark on the community for years to come. However, I will say this. If you looked around on Tuesday in the surrounding communities, there were so many people who wore Chardon’s school color red to show their love and support for their neighbors. Even in the midst of tragedy, the community rallied.
I can imagine that real estate in Chardon will be stigmatized for a while, but in all honesty I hope not. In my opinion the local area has sold itself in demonstrating its pride and how close knit the people really are. I am proud to say that I live and work with these people and I know this community will pick up the pieces and continue to be a great place to live.
R.I.P. to those who lost their lives. We love you Chardon Hilltoppers! One Heartbeat 2/27/12
By Brittney Bissett
For my first YPN Lounge blog, I thought about what a new agent who has been licensed barely six months could bring to the table that more experienced agents would want to read about. Then I realized that with my “newbie” status, I could share how the newbies on the block see the business!
As a new agent, I think one of the most important things for us to do is find someone who we see as a mentor. If you are able to cultivate a working relationship with them, all the better. If not, find someone in your office, company, or area who works in a style you admire and just watch how they succeed. Watch what they do and then try to do it one better. It was probably one person who invented the wheel, but look at all we do with it today! The same goes for something you see as success story — you do it too, and do it better if you can!!! (Unless it’s copyright infringement, of course.)
Personally, I have been extremely lucky in landing in a situation where I had a strong and intelligent woman to take the reins in our office and share what works. Having a proven producer take you under their wing is a great way to boost not only your confidence, but also your street credibility. Watch them. Copy their style. Do their grunt work! It will pay off in the end. You will, in turn, pick up their habits that put them where they are today. Also pay attention to the tips and tricks your company gives you. They wouldn’t push it if it didn’t work.
And to the experienced agents… be nice!!! The new kids, while not necessarily having their feet under them, are still your colleagues. We are still learning and doing the best we can. A good manager will help get some of the kinks worked out, but everyone should be able to remember the first contract they wrote or their first listing that got an offer! Hopefully we can all play nice in the sandbox together.