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April 17, 2014

The RealtyLab Zombie Test For Realtors

by mark mclean

zombie blogZombies are not just the monster du jour. We all think zombies are dead and evil and must be destroyed. Well that may be true but maybe, just maybe, they can also teach us how to be great Realtors too.

First a few popular culture examples of how Zombies have filled our lives on the big screen. We have; The Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The Return of the Living Dead, The Day of the Dead, I am Legend, World War Z, Zombie Apocalypse, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Return of Resident Evil, Dead Rising, House of the Dead, Dead Island, Left 4 Dead, Dying Light, State of Decay, The Last of Us, Sean of the Dead, The Walking Dead and perhaps the most famous zombies of them all…..the zombies from Michael Jackson’s thriller.

Like it or not, zombies are here to stay! In fact while researching this post I came across the story of Adam Chodorow a professor of Law at Arizona State University investigated the estate and income tax implications of a zombie apocalypse under United States federal and state tax codes. He notes that being dead is different from being undead, and states that “most self-motivated zombies likely would be considered alive under most state law definitions”. Whether a reanimated zombie should be considered the same being as when it was originally alive is, according to Chodorow, much less clear. Due to such potential legal complications, he recommends that legislators enact special tax laws for the undead. Yeah, right.

It’s time to take “The RealtyLab Zombie Test For Realtors” to see if you share the same real estate enthousiasm as a zombie chasing a warm body.

Q1. Are you a machine with the sole purpose to sell real estate?
Q2. Are you meticulous and consistent?
Q3. Do you keep moving forward even when you have to change course?
Q4. If you have to change course do you stay focused?
Q5. Do you ignore obstacles in your way?
Q6. Are you always laser focused on their target?
Q7. Do you believe in lead capture?
Q8. Do you refuse to be demoralized?
Q9. Do you crave Belly to belly meetings?
Q10. Do you have fans?
Q11. Do you want to stay in touch?
Q12. Do you want longevity and stability?
Q13. Do you feel that some people want to eliminate you?
Q14. Do you sometimes feel misunderstood and just want to have friends?
Q15. Do you congregate with other Realtors?

If you said yes to between 10 and 15 questions you share all the traits of the undead. If you said yes to between 5 and 9 you are well on your way to zombie status, if you said yes to under 5 then you are still part of the land of the living and have a little work to do.

All joking aside, being a successful Realtor doesn’t just happen. It’s a full-time job and requires some serious commitment. Thanks to the writers and contributors at Inman News for feeding me the idea for this test.

mark mclean is the Broker/Manager at the Bosley Real Estate Queen St W office and Director at Large for the Toronto Real Estate Board and is currently a candidate for TREB President Elect in the upcoming Spring election.

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