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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Can't say that was true for me or, at the end of the day, with any broker. What influenced me was:

  1. Two decades as a financial officer/executive in Fortune 500 companies, where I learned to negotiate, manage people, run a business, etc.
  2. The very poor example set by agents I'd had personal experience with... that's what drove me to the business and I knew to be successful I just needed to do the opposite.
Apr 20, 2018 03:53 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Real Talk, and the Real Town Network. So many smart people. I paid attention to everything that they said. My broker was good locally,, but these others were and are great at real estate in the big wide world.

Apr 20, 2018 04:22 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

My first broker who, instead of answering my questions, always said, "What does the contract say?" and forced me to look for the answer myself and understand that the answers truly ARE in the contract!  We would then discuss but not until I found it and read it.  Yes, in front of him. LOL

Apr 20, 2018 07:14 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes and even more so in a family business when it was my mother. It was not easy or fun, she was harder on me than any of out 30 plus agents as i was an example. She had me complete every task there is in real estate. Back them it was driving to a town hall to get a tax map. It was driving to a client to get a signature. It was pre qualifying by hand and in person. It made me aware of and experienced in every part from building to inspection, to appraisals to writing a mortgage. It was beat into me that service is everything. That clients are for life and take care of them at all cost. Treat others like you want to be treated and remember who step on climbing the ladder to success as you will see them again on the way down

Apr 20, 2018 04:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

While that person/broker/managed was "influential" my real education is so much mote than one influence, one person, one experience, etc.

Apr 20, 2018 04:18 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not my first broker, but my second one.  First was at remax before we became our own company.

Apr 20, 2018 09:04 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

My Realtor, she was so bad I got into the business, and have been rock n rolling $$$


Apr 20, 2018 07:33 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Other than my mother, I do not attribute the 'influential star' to any one other person...for me, I listen and learn from as many as possible! 

Apr 20, 2018 06:20 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Actually, mine was my lawyer. Sound legal advice is a must in real estate.

Apr 20, 2018 12:45 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker



Apr 20, 2018 08:37 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

He was not a Broker but he was that and more. A 72 year old retired pharmacist multi-millionaire took me on for 12 years teaching me the ropes

Apr 20, 2018 07:43 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

I'd say more of a disappointment than influential.

Apr 20, 2018 07:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We were both in business prior to real estate, and we started it from scratch  So, it was a natural transition, to learning real estate.  A

Apr 20, 2018 06:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Hard to say for me since I was my first broker when I opened my first office after finishing law school.

Apr 20, 2018 05:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

While my first broker was a mentor, not sure she was the most influential in my career.

Apr 20, 2018 05:05 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Looking back....Mike Ferry

Apr 20, 2018 04:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That is not true with me, and I haven't had one person that was most influential - lots of people have provided insights that have been helpful.

Apr 20, 2018 04:03 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Regardless of whether they were good or bad they were influential.

Apr 20, 2018 03:45 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

My 2nd and then 2nd to last are tied although their influence ran in completely different paths.

Apr 20, 2018 11:52 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

That's true for me, but it's also true that I've never changed brokers.  

Apr 20, 2018 09:09 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It is not true for me ... and it is why I left the brokerage after 6 months. 

Most influencial ... my inner guidance to not follow the sheaple.  Like Nina Hollander I brought a wealth of education and experience to the table. Most of the so-called influenciers were a joke to me. 

Apr 20, 2018 08:58 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Yes. True for me. -Kasey

Apr 20, 2018 06:58 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my first big builder was the most influential.... I paid attention and made myself visible everyday to communicate and watch the process of building a home.... I was inspired to get my builder's license and had is vor 20 years.... that allowed me to close as many builders as I could handle and capture the marketplace during my time in real estate.... 

now I just hit the keyboard!

Apr 20, 2018 06:52 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It was not my first broker.  It was other successful agents that took the time to allow me to learn from them.

Apr 20, 2018 05:45 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

The most? No.  Significant?  Sure.  The rest is a lovely combination of my professional experience before getting into real estate coupled with loads of experiences that shaped my career and many many fine and not so fine examples along the way who added to the molding of me.  ;0

Apr 20, 2018 04:39 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

Very influencial yes!

Most, no.

Most has been Buffini & Company 

Apr 20, 2018 05:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would say the same and not just because he was the first but because he was very good at what he does and how! But my 16 years in the corporate role has played a big role, too! Maybe bigger

Apr 20, 2018 02:25 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I would say that is true Paul. He had a good influence over me so I learned from a great guy. Other agents in the office helped also but all were honest.

Apr 20, 2018 01:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

My 1st broker was certainly influential to me as both a postive and negitive role model but NO he was not the most influential for me Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 

Apr 20, 2018 06:23 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would say that is very true.

Apr 20, 2018 04:41 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Apr 20, 2018 03:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Influential, yes but, the most, no. That falls on my father, my own personal & work experiences and my amazing husband!

Apr 20, 2018 07:23 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

There were moments but overall I can't say make that statement.

Apr 20, 2018 07:06 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No, it has been the members here!

Apr 20, 2018 05:50 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

It is indeed. He was the perfect business person to learn good business practices and how to take excellent care of each and every client. Put them first always.

Apr 20, 2018 03:34 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

My first broker was never there after I when with him.

Apr 24, 2018 04:26 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

a lot of influence yes.  The most though my parents ... who raised me to be honest and have a great work ethic.

Apr 23, 2018 12:48 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

My first broker taught me about contracts, but my 2nd broker gave me lots more to actually succeed in this career.

Apr 23, 2018 07:17 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

First broker...yes! I had a great mentor/teacher which is what I was looking for as a newbie.

Apr 21, 2018 05:24 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - influential, in a different way for me. I learned what NOT to do... lol!

Apr 20, 2018 10:56 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The Leadership team here is very impressive, and the broker is only a small part of the magic happening in KW.

Apr 20, 2018 09:04 PM