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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

The adage "You only get one chance to make a first impression" remains a tried and true method of showing your professionalism!

Aug 29, 2016 10:40 PM
Rainmaker
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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

See photo left. 

I'm shirt & tie 6 days per week unless we exceed 80 degrees, then shirt & loose tie  I was raised in The SF Bay Area, it's old school formal up there, at least it was growing up. We dressed nice to go to events, work & church back in the day.

Aug 29, 2016 11:18 PM
Rainmaker
2,887,296
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I read this question and wonder ... what is that really?  I go to my accountant and he wears dockers and polo type shirt.  My doctors and surgeons dress similarly.  I never looked at any one them and wondered their level of professionalism based upon what they were wearing. 

Aug 30, 2016 01:49 AM
Rainmaker
4,798,831
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Just slacks and a dress shirt for me.  I'm going more casual in my old age.

Aug 29, 2016 11:11 PM
Rainer
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i think first impressions are important, but, if you put on your special dress or special behavior, or special ethics , or great smile just for first meetings..where does that leave the impressions on the 2nd or 3rd...

Aug 29, 2016 11:31 PM
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1,411,827
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Harry F. D'Elia Not many. We call ourselves professionals, but many feel it doesn't apply to our dress code. 

Aug 29, 2016 11:14 PM
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Liz Kroft
Keller Williams Realty - Santa Cruz, CA
Helping Santa Cruz County Buy, Sell & Invest

It really depends on the client and market. Where I am in Santa Cruz many would be turned off if I showed up in heels and nice dress or blazer. Its a laid back beach town where looking "nice" is a bit different than other areas. Know your audience and dress accordingly - everyone is different and you should match not just your style of dress, but your communication, etc. 

Aug 30, 2016 10:37 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I like to look professinal.

Aug 30, 2016 09:05 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Coat and tie, cuff links.   Following meetings (with that same customer or client) I may switch to business casual.  At the Closing, I will again wear coat and tie.

Aug 30, 2016 06:29 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my peeps always wear casual business attire to appointments....they always look professional....

Aug 30, 2016 01:43 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

And there in lies the problem . . .  what does "dress up" mean?  I have worked with people who are so uber casual, for them "dressing up" means their fancy flipflops! 
It is like asking someone's opinion of a travel destination or restaurant:  on what are they basing their opinion?  Where have they been? What are they comparing it to? 

Aug 30, 2016 12:25 AM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Always professional and ready to go to any appointment.  I've found in this business it's best to dress professionally during the work day...yes, even in casual CA.  It doesn't mean one has to be in a suit or for women dress and heels, but professional.  Have you ever tested this while running around doing errands?  I have and have met people who have ended up being clients.  I always think stepping it up is best in this profession.

Aug 30, 2016 12:24 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Shockingly, most are going a bit too casual!

Aug 30, 2016 12:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I think it is a sign of respect for the client to dress professionally. 

Aug 29, 2016 11:20 PM
Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Not this summer it has been business casual!

Aug 29, 2016 11:12 PM
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Yeppers, just as Jennifer Mackay says - only one chance

Aug 29, 2016 11:05 PM
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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

First Impressions are worth a thousand words.

Aug 29, 2016 10:56 PM
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788,866
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Always present the best first impression, you may not get another chance.

Aug 29, 2016 10:50 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

If we want to be treated like professionals we should at least try to look the part.... ;)

Aug 29, 2016 10:44 PM
Rainmaker
1,375,379
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Wayne always wears a shirt and tie, and I always wear a dress, even when the clients are friends we've known for a long time.

Aug 29, 2016 10:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I generally "dress up" for a first appointment. I want to make a good first impression and you only get one shot at that!

Sep 01, 2016 03:52 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do dress up always when I meet anyone for the first time. But I'm couscous about jewelry and shoes. I prefer not to flesh unless I know it is a good thing. 

Aug 30, 2016 05:57 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Harry F. D'Elia - it depends on who I am meeting!

For the first time consultation of buyers, I do dress up.

And so is true when I am meeting someone at listing appointment.

Aug 30, 2016 04:21 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not as much as I used to, but then many laugh when they see their Forester show up in the woods in a tie.

Aug 30, 2016 03:18 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I dress for comfort and the weather.  Always have, always will. 

Aug 30, 2016 03:13 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I dress down from the way I used to dress but still dress business casual and above most of my peers who are in their yoga pants and short shorts.

Aug 30, 2016 02:39 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What Jennifer said!  Absolutely!

Aug 30, 2016 02:25 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

absolutely!

Aug 30, 2016 01:26 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It's a bit different in my market. Jeans and a nice shirt are very acceptable. 

Aug 30, 2016 12:26 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I try.  

Aug 30, 2016 12:14 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I dress professional and it has gotten me more than one listing.  I try to dress one step above my clients.

Aug 30, 2016 12:08 PM
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Old habits die hard so I still dress up (somewhat) for the first meeting although here in Florida "dress up" may be different from other areas. Thereafter, it's business casual for showings and daily wear.

 

Aug 30, 2016 10:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes, we do!

Aug 30, 2016 09:32 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I always dress nice because you never know who you will meet in the course of the day.

Aug 30, 2016 09:15 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

Close to 100%  Now what we feel is impressive differs massively.

Aug 30, 2016 07:33 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Always, unless I already know them (98% of the time).

Aug 30, 2016 03:53 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Depends. If you wear a three piece suit to sell a farmers land then that probably won't relate. When in Rome......

Aug 30, 2016 03:43 AM
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615,414
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

I always try to look professional! 

Aug 30, 2016 03:03 AM
Rainmaker
287,388
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Business casual for both of us, year round Harry F. D'Elia.  In cooler months, pants with a sweater or a dressy top, in warmer months a sundress with sandals.  No suits or ties here, though jackets can go to the next level, and they can be mix 'n match, or taken from a suit, or a blazer.

Aug 30, 2016 02:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

For me business casual for a first time meeting.

Aug 30, 2016 02:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Always dress professionally.

Aug 30, 2016 01:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I still do, first impression are important.

Aug 30, 2016 12:39 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yes I do

Aug 30, 2016 12:09 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Clean & casual, on time with my ears cleaned and ready to listen followed by questions about them, past present and future. Works (pun) everytime

Aug 29, 2016 11:54 PM
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846,120
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Jennifer Mackay said it best.

Aug 29, 2016 10:44 PM