Mike – Time Flies

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Time flies!!! Six months ago I started my real estate Career at Baird and Warner with no prior real estate experience. Since then, I can’t believe how much I have learned and experienced in such a relatively short amount of time!

The support system here at Baird & Warner has been invaluable to me. I am the type of person who learns best by doing, and at our office learning is a constant. In addition to the weekly new agent training class with our Managing Broker David,  a couple of the newer agents and I have coordinated with our Sales Support Manager Diana to host classes/discussions of our own on various topics. These may be an informal 10 minute break where she will explain how to handle a multiple offer situation, or it will be a full hour in the conference room where she and David will coordinate a top producer to share their insights.

The staff here is also a great resource. When I had my first rental listing, Gillian (one of our rock-star admins) walked me through step by step all the nuances of the MLS, and how to properly dot my I’s and cross my T’s. No matter what type of transaction you’re working on or what type of question you have, you don’t have to look far to get an answer here. I’ve been able to share some technology tips that I learned from my previous career with some of the veteran agents as well and it feels great to be able to teach them something too!

In the past couple months I’ve been hosting at least one open house a weekend. It’s a great way for me to stay on top of current market trends, and also meet a lot of home-buyers. I feel like I’ve made leaps and bounds with my open house presentation, and my interactions with clients.  I have found that hosting open houses is one of the best ways to build your sphere of influence and client base when just getting started.

A month ago I had the opportunity to interview with a top producer for a full time associate broker position on her team.  She offered me the position and I am now working with her full-time.  Working for a top producer has been incredible. I’m gaining experiences and learning from a true professional and top expert in the field.

One noticeable difference from my last career to this one is the amount of we have here at the Lincoln Park Office.  We have office 

This week we have our annual company wide party at the Bridgeport Art Center.  These parties have a reputation for being a blast, and I can’t wait to check it out.  Next week, we are doing a charity event at a bowling alley right across the street from our office through the Baird and Warner Good Will Network – a nonprofit that provides support to local charities. I created a bowling team of my own for the event with some buddies and we’re really looking forward to it.  We have an inter-office softball league in the summer and there are always other opportunities to get involved with fun events. The people in this office definitely subscribe to the “work hard play hard” mantra.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join this particular real estate office.  With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know which office is right for you but I know without a doubt I made the right choice in choosing Baird & Warner Lincoln Park!

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