Alyse "Aly" Sands, It's Good To Be Home (AGORA Realty)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

People learn by doing.
You need to make a list of projects.

  1. CRM entry
  2. blog posts
  3. news letters
  4. mailing list
  5. mailing material
  6. creating flyers
  7. photo editing...your way.

Gather up those notes, scribble papers, all that stuff destined to be digitized.

Show assistant how to access the tutorials in your CRM System. Demonstarte how to make a data entry into the CRM then hand the pile of notes and scribbles and say, "go to it!"

Continue with task involving the CRM application. Besides getting the work done, the assit, will be exposed to new language. This is not the time to teach the vocabulary.

How many buyers are in the data base for your new listing?
Show assit how to query and create a messge to that list.
People learn by doing.

Always have a rat box of projects for the assist, so they do not develop idle time habits. Even if the flier stinks, let them solo and explore. You can add yout wisdom of your experience as needed. 

But don't be fearful of letting go. 

Who we are, how we engage with the world is a great predictor of how our kids will turn out. Don't squash your 'kids' creativity and release your death grip on the 'do it my way' mentality. 

If your assist shows signs if stress, take them aside, out of the enviroment, and share that 'the outcome of struggle is hope." Hope changes the world. Be patient, stick with me, and lets show them what we can do!

Mar 13, 2015 04:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Aly -- in our area there is a service that hires/trains real estate assistants and if available that may be something valuable for you.

As Eric Kodner answered you can also send her to a real estate licensing course to understand the basics of the industry but as we know you basically come out of those classes with an understanding of how to pass the exam but not really practice real estate.  It could be a good foundation so he/she knows the fundamentals and terms.   

Good luck taking this very important step in your career.

Mar 13, 2015 03:57 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Aly, if she is already computer proficient but you need for her to learn more about real estate, why not send her to your state license coursework? She could eventually become a licensed assistant, which gives you credibility and gives her additional skills, plus an understanding of how the process works.  It can't be all that expensive and she wouldn't have to take the license exam if she chooses not to do so.

Mar 13, 2015 03:44 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

one task at a time and before you know it you will be assigning many time consuming tasks.

Dec 15, 2019 07:34 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Good answers here. Good luck.

Jul 22, 2018 09:19 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

That is a good idea.

Mar 06, 2018 09:51 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Eric nailed this one!

Jul 16, 2017 05:01 AM
Alyse "Aly" Sands
AGORA Realty - Nashville, TN
It's Good To Be Home

All great ideas.  The prospect has no aspirations of becoming an agent which is good for me. I've spent about 10 hours with her so far explaining the database, that I need her to set up drip campaigns, blog on social media, postcard mailing. I need her to set up a new CRM.  I need a new one because it was part of my website back office...which I changed. So far I've paid her per hour for watching me work.  

Although it's a good idea I don't believe that a prelicensing course will prepare her for marketing, email follow up, social media or contract to close.  There are assistant schools but they're $1000+ and that's a little rich for my blood (and hers) and too much of a risk if she doesn't stick with me.  It's hard to find a good, trained assistant and I feel I have a solid person who is eager to learn but doesn't want a full time job.

Are your opinions that it's worth or not worth the time/money to train a newbie?

Mar 14, 2015 05:09 AM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

I don't think there is one, there is so much to teach and it is all hands on, repitition

Mar 14, 2015 12:35 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

There are courses specifically for assistants up here. I'm sure it is the same down in the US.

Mar 13, 2015 10:44 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

An assistant can be trained in the real estate business.  As long as you can delegate stuff that is computer related and free up your time, its a blessing!

Mar 13, 2015 09:03 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Alyse "Aly" Sands use the skill set she has! She does not need to be a Real Estate Agent, correct?

You can surely teach her something basic about real estate, if it is really needed.

One does not need a Real Estate license to create flyers!

Mar 13, 2015 03:51 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Have the assistant do the time consuming things that don't make you money, like filing, mailings, going to the Post Office, while you are doing the necessary things that brings in business.  The assistant will catch on what RE is all about.  You may even pay  for them to get an RE license, even if they just put it in referral.

Mar 13, 2015 01:23 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I had my assistant shadow me while I did all the tasks I wanted him to handle, pointing out important ithings and answering questions. Then he did them with me by his side. Then we had a few days where I was available while he worked in case he hit a snag.

Mar 13, 2015 08:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The idea of licensed assistant is a good one, however as Michael Jacobs stated one learns how to pass the test.  It is good that she has a license to prevent any misshap.  Secondly, I have had an easy time training assistants.  We actually are willing to spend time teaching how things are done in RE, and it worked for us.  Our secret is in finding the right person who is eager to learn and work for you, and does not have agent ambitions. A

Mar 13, 2015 07:44 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would suggest that the best course would be for you to train her in the way you want things done.  As an assistant, she doesn't really need to know that much about real estate other than the tasks you have for her.  Making checklists for her would be a great start.

Mar 13, 2015 05:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Eric Kodner provided an excellent suggestion. Send her to a pre-licensing class. If she is not willing to take it on her own time, she is not the right person for you.

Mar 13, 2015 04:52 AM