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May 4, 2012


In Real estate Jack of All Trades is Actually a Good Thing

by mark mclean

This week has been a bit of a blur. A fun blur at least. REBarCamp Toronto (   ) , 2 days of RealtorQuest (  and then Bosley U. Where did the week go? Well, with all that behind me, at least now I have some time to talk about our Monday morning meeting.  I thought this week  it might be fun to outline some of the things we as Realtors know. There is an old expression that says Jack of all trades and master of none. In real estate I’m not so sure that is the case. So, I asked the simple question. “What are the topics you get asked on a daily basis”? You may be surprised at the answers. As it turns out we actually know a lot. I had so many responses that I ran out of paper…twice. Have a look. Did we miss anything?

 Through our discussion, we covered nearly 70 things that we know something about. How? Either through our training, CEU credit courses, Mastermind and Monday meetings and talks around the water cooler. Naturally we don’t specialize in every one of these items but we certainly have a good understanding of them or can direct a buyer or seller to the right person to talk to. One thing is certain, when a skilled agent walks into a home, he is probably going through this list wondering if there is anything applicable to his buyer or seller. I wonder if a mere posting company has this knowledge?

Have a great weekend!

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is a great list, Mark. I would suggest it gets even more complicated: For many of these topics, real estate professionals need to have two “levels” of knowledge — they need to have some high-level knowledge about each topic but they also need to know the specifics for each property they show. Smart professionals who want to succeed will take the list you’ve written and create a personal curriculum to increase their knowledge on each topic.

    • May 9 2012

      Hi Aaron, you are absolutely right. I can only hope agents will look on this list as a challenge to improve their knowledge.

  2. May 17 2012

    Great list!

    I’m looking at it and thinking that I need to revisit the grand father clause again 🙂

    Keep up with the awesome posts!

  3. Jun 6 2012

    I was asked about a tree limb that crashed from a neighbours property into their yard. Who is liable for the clean up and cutting…. Do you know?

    David Pylyp
    Living in Toronto

    • Jun 7 2012

      Neighbours tree, neighbours problem. However i suppose if the tree crashed into the roof, then the home owner’s insurance would probably cover it and then try and recover from the other homeowner’s insurance. What do you think?

  4. Jun 18 2012

    LOL So true. Add to this, Radon gas, well water issues, city planning, landscaping, school information, transit schedules & maps, fix & flip, bank repos, knowing the best deals for contractors & al, enviromental planning, recycling, pet sitting, babysitting, renovation costs, computer repair, investing, marketing, etc…

    • Jun 18 2012

      Ha! Those are great. I will need to add them to the list. Thanks Merv. Appreciate the contribution.


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