As I sat down this week to craft the next edition of how to fix the real estate business I was presented with a letter from one of my Realtors®. After reading the content of the letter I knew a change of plan was in order. Helping Berks County and Reading home buyers and seller understand the craziness of the real estate industry would have to wait till next week. The following letter from Samuel Padovani says it all…
“Why I chose Weichert Realtors® Neighborhood One”
“My very first year in the real estate business, I worked for one of the larger firms in Berks County. It was a good experience, one I would not change. I had the opportunity to work with some veteran agents and learned a few things as well. I also started to see how this real estate business actually operates. Becoming a standout agent at one of these larger offices is extremely difficult. While the agent is trying to learn and establish himself, the company is doing everything in its power to fill the building with as many agents as possible. For these large firms, the real estate business is truly a numbers game. I quickly realized I did not want to be just another number!
When I learned of Jeff (Hogue) opening his own office, it somewhat puzzled me. I only knew Jeff by name and as one of the top producing Realtors in this area. Why would someone so well-established and successful want to make a change at this point in his career? By chance, not long after Jeff opened Weichert Realtors® Neighborhood One, we were involved in a transaction together. Throughout the course of the deal, we discussed the real estate business as a whole. Eventually, that conversation moved on to Berks County, and I was able to ask Jeff exactly why he decided to open his own office. I was thoroughly impressed with Jeff’s response and his plan for the future.
Fast forwarding to today, I could not be happier to be a part of the Weichert team. To take my real estate career to the next step, it was a move that I needed to make. This office is NOT about aggressively recruiting agents. It’s about forming a team of people who share a common passion for this business. Jeff’s vision of creating more of a “boutique” setting resonated with me. Does a real estate firm need to have a three-story office building with 100 agents inside to provide outstanding customer service and the best real estate experience? I don’t believe so. Furthermore, agents who work together and share a logo don’t need to be viewed as competitors. Entirely too much of “that” goes on in this business.
The real estate business is forever evolving. From the technology aspect to the agreements and contracts we use on a daily basis, continuing education is vital. Jeff has made it a priority to stay ahead of the curve. I find myself tested on a daily basis with questions regarding the agreement of sale. This is a challenging industry. You do not need to be in the business for very long to realize what it takes to get to the top. I’m very happy to be learning from someone who has remained there for over 21 years! Our office has accomplished a lot in the first year. I believe the future looks even brighter!”
“Samuel G. Padovani ~ Realtor®”
I am truly humbled by Mr. Padovani and his statements. He has been in the business two years now and works hard and never stops pursuing the knowledge that it takes to make a successful career out of this chaotic business. He left a corporate job at Penske to pursue his dream of being one of Berks County’s best. From what his customers tell me he is on the right path.
These are the kind of agents that come to Neighborhood One. They are hungry to learn and I have plenty to feed them. Bravo! Get to know Sam better by visiting his website at SamSellsBerks.com.