Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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Feb 16, 2017 06:27 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

This statement is an example of what wrong in our industry. Because the untrained and novice agents who fail their clients,  realtors got a bad reputation.

I'm proud to be a full time Realtor and I'd never agree that it is easy career. 

Why not to get  a lawyer license, doctor license, plumber license, etc. too? 

Just in case. You never know! 

Feb 16, 2017 05:58 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

LOL, hear me roar.
In other news, I now remember why I don't read or give a crap about Inman.

Feb 16, 2017 05:49 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I think Inman needs to pull their heads out of their asses Inna Ivchenko .

Feb 16, 2017 07:29 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Here is the way I responded on the Inman site.... 

Based on some prices in my area, one deal could bring a female (or male) Realtor a whopping $2000. Yes, $2K. The annual expenses alone (not counting time) of insurance, MLS membership, NAR membership, company fees, mileage costs, required training credits to maintain license, license application fees, tools, marketing, etc., cost way more than $2K. In order to make any positive net income, you need to work 6-7 days a week, 10+ hours a day, and make this a career. You need to spend tons of time prospecting, marketing, and learning how to take care of your clients. Clients who need a skilled professional to help them with one of the biggest transactions of their life. A skilled professional is not one who happens to have a license just in case a deal pops up. A skilled professional is one who works their butt off all year long.
Bottom line, this was written in a way that diminishes the work required and perpetuates the myth that being a real estate professional is a walk in the park. It's not.
Feb 17, 2017 04:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Another reason not to read them! I'm with Fred Griffin

Feb 16, 2017 06:51 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

To my way of thinking this is a totally sexist approach. Also, it only underscores all those stupid myths why people think they should get into the business and not treat it as a true profession and a business. Leigh is in my office... and she's totally right about this being crap.

Feb 17, 2017 04:53 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, dimishing, denegrading, SO insulting to women - even though it was WRITTEN BY A WOMAN!   Leigh is SPOT-ON and you can bet Brad Inman has heard from her already today!

Feb 16, 2017 08:49 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am still laughing at Candice A. Donofrio !  I heartily agree.  A

Feb 16, 2017 07:42 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Dumbest thing I have heard on a  long time.

Feb 16, 2017 06:51 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

And why should or shouldn't every man get a real estate license?  

Feb 17, 2017 05:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I just heard Brad Inman talk at a conference and he impressive. This is insulting, denegrating and completely inappropriate. I don't have a subscription to Inman - I get it free from CRS or our Board but I would cancel it if I did. I love Leigh's response and I bet as President of CRS this year she has been in touch with Brad

Feb 16, 2017 08:15 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont waste much time reading Inman, but I will go checkout the response to this article.

Feb 16, 2017 06:47 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

LOL - yeah do one deal it's worth the effort and cost - what a load of crap!

Feb 17, 2017 05:19 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Forgetting the sexism and presumptuousness on many levels. If it was written to encourage women to take control of their future & economy, then great! But, this stinks of falling short of that. This implies our career can be looked at as a fun little interlude or hobby. This is people's lives, we are surgeons and lawyers, pilots and firemen, we're not Tupperware and Avon. (My mom sold Avon, later became a hell of a Realtor).

Feb 17, 2017 01:33 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

well  over the years I have lost a lot of respect for Innman and the stuff they publish.... sadly  there is a lot of bad information out there...Endre

Feb 16, 2017 10:10 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I do not have to much faith in Inman and agree with Fred Griffin 

Feb 16, 2017 08:11 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Real estate is not an easy career and that article is quite misleading.

Feb 16, 2017 06:36 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Ok, a couple of comments later I am still pissed off beyond belief at this post.

Feb 17, 2017 09:11 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh Good Lord ... I'd throw all of that in the Bull$shit bucket ... people talking out of both sides of them bum! 

Feb 17, 2017 08:07 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Maybe I could get my dog licensed . . .

Feb 17, 2017 07:43 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

OMG what a ridiculous person! Such bad advise and a danger to our industry!

Feb 17, 2017 07:30 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Thank you Fred Griffin 

Feb 17, 2017 06:33 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Personally, I think this is a stupid thing to say.

Feb 17, 2017 05:31 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Interesting  post and answers,. Poor Inman you picked a loser here.

Feb 17, 2017 03:11 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Inna Ivchenko - they have to write something that brings them more comments, I believe.

Feb 16, 2017 10:53 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is absolutely ridiculous. And to be perfectly fair why should we exclude men? That way everyone can have a real estate license and do 1 or 2 deals. Oh what a fine mess that would be. Talk about unprofessionalism.

Feb 16, 2017 09:29 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

When I got my real estate license in 1989 I realized why I should have gone to school if for no other reason to buy a home.

Feb 16, 2017 06:23 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Is the article taken down now?  I finally got time to actually take notice and read the article but the link you posted goes to a page not found.  Did they remove it Inna Ivchenko ? Kasey

Feb 17, 2017 02:14 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

What a maroon!  Yes, it's good if you buy your house you can use the commission to help you out.  Referring someone as an agent gets you more than a starbucks card, but you know these people will try and do the work for the full money.  Not good at all!  Inexperienced people trying to do their one deal does not do the consumer good.  This makes it seem like anyone with a pulse can get a license.

Feb 17, 2017 09:57 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thanks for this heads up Inna!  Wow... loved the video.  We all need to respond to this and be heard!  

Feb 17, 2017 06:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Inman missed the mark here by a wide margin!

Feb 17, 2017 06:54 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Agree with Fred Griffin usual!

Feb 17, 2017 06:36 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I'm thinking I am not reading the same question everyone else read.

Please note I did not read the article, just the question presented.

IN our industry exists hundreds who sell to real estate agents leads. Some on a subscription basis. a per lead basis and a deferred compensation as a percentage of total compensation.

Many of us pay each other up to 50% for a referral.

What is proposed IS a VALID business model that exists because you and I created this mess by paying for leads and referrals. 

The 'insult to the profession' remark although it sounds good on the ears, when examined, tells a different story.

Isn't is amazing how entitlement groups "Women" feel empowered to exercise overt sexism.

Feb 17, 2017 05:38 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I think everyone should have a license both men and women

Feb 17, 2017 04:48 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

More licensed people in it for the money? It cheapens the industry

Feb 17, 2017 08:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

what I have to say about that would automatically cause my blog to be deleted....the entire blog.... and I would be forever BANNED from this site....

so my question to YOU is:  Can you imagine how fierce my answer would be.... oh, the scars on my tongue right now.... I'm controlling myself.... 

they're really a_s_o_es.... and that's gentle.... that's also a fill in the blanks!!!

Feb 17, 2017 08:00 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Inna Ivchenko Since when can a referral agent practice real estate? It won't happen in my State.

Feb 17, 2017 06:23 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

William Feela nailed this one!

Feb 17, 2017 01:03 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

BRE will love him.....15 million licensees.

Feb 16, 2017 09:53 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have stopped reading their articles, and some have been way over the top.

Feb 19, 2017 10:11 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 18, 2017 04:12 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is poor advice.

Feb 18, 2017 04:08 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Inna Ivchenko It is a wrong statement. 

Feb 17, 2017 03:23 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I loved Leigh's response.  I didn't share it ... well because of the language (I don't use words on facebook that I don't want my mother to hear).

Feb 17, 2017 01:35 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow did not see this before.  Interesting.  not sure if that is the wave of the future.


Feb 17, 2017 11:43 AM