Monthly Archives: January 2016

Leaders or Followers

The following is a guest post from one of Ninja Gig’s many friends.

A business relies on having the proper amount of leadership in comparison to followers.  Too many leaders cause arguments and too many followers’ results in no committed leadership path.

I am a self-employed real estate agent and former HR manager. Recently, I was working with a brand new real estate agent. I soon realized that I would be doing all the “hand holding” – so to speak – on the transaction. What exactly does this mean? In layman terms, working with a rookie real estate agent generally means that a seasoned real estate agent has to do both sides of the transaction to guarantee a closing for clients. In situations such as these, I am not paid for both sides. As agents, we do what we have to do to get the deal closed and make sure our clients get the house of their dreams.

Yes, real estate agents are self-employed, but I started wondering, “Why don’t real estate agencies have more critical interviews for agents?” Basic follow-through concepts and reading contracts is not anything glorified or something only an expert can do. It is straight forward – reading paragraphs and following rules. Additionally, in Washington State, we have a requirement that makes a Managing Broker responsible for a first-time Broker for the first two years for their careers. So, as I lie in bed with my texts making audible non-stop noise bombs from the other agent, I began to wonder if this agent’s real estate mentor is simply lazy or perhaps, it is assumed that I will be her mentor even though it is not my legal responsibility.

NinjaGig.com would come in very handy in situations such as these. Real estate agencies’ reputations are made by their agents. Poor or unskilled agents can single-handedly ruin an agency’s reputation. To help hire reputable agents with skilled backgrounds, NinjaGig.com offers an employment application process that is completely customizable. Employers, or Designated Brokers, can create questions. There is no limit on the number of questions. In fact, questions are easy to tailor to specific scenarios, including how agents would respond to certain issues. This is extremely helpful for first-time agents. Questions may include, “For homes built before 1978, should a lead based paint disclosure be included?”, “How long does the buyer have to respond to the home inspection?” or “Should you provide the buyer with specific recommendations for home inspectors?”

If real estate agencies used employment programs to weed out applicants, we could have a significantly better base of real estate agents. This would decrease consuming “hand holding” time and we could simply focus on the professional aspects of our jobs – finding buyers the right homes.

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