Matt Mortensen, Real Estate Agent, Las Vegas (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)

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Chris and Dick Dovorany
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If I was the seller?  Yes.

Sep 05, 2015 09:14 AM
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Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Blue Bell, PA
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I would send them away immediately. Why would I want to let someone who acts so unprofessional handle this transaction. 

Sep 05, 2015 11:28 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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You betcha!  I'm pretty judgemental about stuff like that.  I want someone who is a professional to handle my largest financila asset.  Flip flops doesn't say "professional" to me.

Sep 05, 2015 11:05 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. 

Sadly, this is probably not an uncommon occurrence.

Sep 05, 2015 10:49 AM
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Kim Johnson
Signature Realty Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
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Yes!

Sep 05, 2015 09:33 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Yes; this shows disrespect.

Sep 05, 2015 11:21 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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Depends on location and relationships:)

I know a lot of successful agents who wear jeans all the time, their reputations means more for sellers than their outfit ( especially if 100+F outside).

Sep 05, 2015 05:15 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
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Matt - Here in Arizona, shorts and a collared shirt with flip flops are pretty common attire, especially in the summer when it is 115 degrees.

Wearing a t-shirt and a baseball hat backwards is a little much, and would seem unprofessional even here. 

Sep 05, 2015 03:20 PM
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Jill Moog
Coast & Country Homes and Estates, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad, CA Homes for Sale

I might not send him away immediately, but I don't think I would hire him,

Sep 05, 2015 10:41 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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Those darn TMZ cameras are always following me!   Where's the footage?

Sep 06, 2015 12:36 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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I do not leave my home to go out in public without being at least business casual!

Sep 05, 2015 11:12 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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No but I would not be likely to hire him

Sep 05, 2015 10:02 PM
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Richard Weeks
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I guess it depends is the seller thought he was over dressed.

Sep 05, 2015 09:38 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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I would think he wasn't serious about his profession and I wouldn't hire him.

Sep 05, 2015 02:21 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
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This is a no brainer.

Sep 05, 2015 01:59 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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No but I would certainly question his professionalism and may want to take another day or two to think about who I should list with.

Sep 05, 2015 01:10 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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This is a sad statement on unprofessional behavior Matt. I do not know the answer but I would not be happy.

Sep 05, 2015 11:55 AM
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Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
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I am too polite to do something like that.

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Bob Crane
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No, I only dress myself, everyone else has to make their own choices.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I wouldn't send him away, but unless he came offering a level of services that no one else could come close to, I wouldn't hire him.

Sep 06, 2015 02:54 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I don't know that I would send him or her away but I certainly wouldn't be impressed. I am somewhat casual but believe in being a professional and reflecting that in my attire.

Sep 06, 2015 01:30 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Matt Mortensen In my opinion professionalism starts with how an agent is dressed. Next!!

Sep 06, 2015 12:01 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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No, I would not.

I would thank him/her for dressing properly for the occasion.

When the buyer shows up and is sporting $10,000 of amazing body ink and a blue Mohawk, it will become apparent why the buyer is not working with .... YOU or me.

 

Sep 05, 2015 11:00 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thank you for the chuckle. I will not be surprised if they do it at the beach .

Sep 05, 2015 10:30 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Why would another agent be coming to my presentation unless the agent was the owner or power of attorney of the owner?  In that situation, why would I turn away the agent?

Sep 05, 2015 10:07 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Matt. Have had it happen when we do open house for homes we flip, I have not sent them away.

Sep 05, 2015 08:14 PM
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Matt Mortensen
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Las Vegas, NV
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Its not that it was jeans. I wear jeans on fridays and have never thought twice. It was his overall approach to his initial meeting with a potential client. I would feel sick as an agent having to walk away from a terrific opportunity because I didn't feel like cleaning myself up in order to put my best foot forward.

Also I just wanted to post something not so stuffy.

Sep 05, 2015 05:42 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Matt, very good question.

Sep 05, 2015 01:52 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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It's market specific.  Frankly jeans, t-shirt, even shorts and/or flip flops are what the sellers and agent along with buyers wear in this market around the lake.  I wear flip flops and jeans almost year round.

Sep 05, 2015 12:19 PM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
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I would send him away. 

Sep 05, 2015 11:53 AM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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If I had the time I would be curious if his presentation is as amusing.

Sep 12, 2015 04:13 AM
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Sam Shueh
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If the agent bring his clients who are his friends. In warm climate that is fairly often. If the owners are in I tell them so... Never have to escalate 

Sep 12, 2015 01:47 AM
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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
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Yes..It would not sit well with me.

Sep 10, 2015 05:47 AM
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Chip Morgan
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
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Theres an agent in my office that wears sandals and shorts every day during the summer.  He is also one of the top producers in my MLS, I think it's all about how you present yourself.  He is a golfer who specializes in golf property and he's doing really well for himself without owning a pair of pants.

Sep 09, 2015 12:32 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
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Is the appointment in the Islands after a bad hurricane?

Sep 07, 2015 01:22 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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Probably. Most people judge by appearances, including sellers. I could let the t-shirt slide if it was neat and clean, but the flip flops and backwards baseball hat would cause agent to not get my listing.

Sep 06, 2015 05:58 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I would listen, although I've heard clients comment that they considered that sort of attire off-putting.

Sep 06, 2015 05:06 AM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
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Absolutely!  If they can't dress appropriately for me, I do not want them representing the property. 

I had an agent show up to a showing with his client looking like he was going fishing!  I greeted the client; thinking it was the agent and was surprised when the agent laughed and acknowledged that his client dressed better than he did!  I was appalled. 

Sep 06, 2015 04:41 AM
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
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Not in my market, we are a very casual place. My favorite agent (before I got my license) was in shorts and shirt, brilliant agent. 

Sep 06, 2015 03:20 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Matt Mortensen it depends on the relationship! What if the agent is the close friend or relative?

Sep 06, 2015 03:03 AM
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
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Nope.  I'd invite him in, crack a cold one, and introduce him to my daughter.  

Sep 06, 2015 01:33 AM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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While I think appearances are important, I'd probably at least hear him out.

I also think that appropriate dress is regional - here, the men all wear ties and perhaps a branded polo on a hot summer Saturday, but that's not necessarily true everywhere.

Sep 06, 2015 01:20 AM