Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited)

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Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Jesus, for a $100 a month I'll call every person up here at least once a week, and give them a swift kick in the a** to get out there and sell. Isn't that what a coach does? Something tells me that if you're a realtor, and are not motivated or self-driven, you could spend $10,000 a month and it would make no difference whatsoever!

Nov 23, 2015 09:40 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I was a By Referral Only agent and find Joe to be entertaining and practical in his approach . 

Nov 23, 2015 08:37 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Yes Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS - I am in coaching with Buffini & Company for almost 10 years now - and yes, it DOES make a difference.

Now from cost point of view, I do not think you need to spend that much. (I know many of them charge that high!) With ReferralMaker PRO at Buffini and Company, your investment is less than $200/month!

Try it out or call me if you have any question/concern. (And I am just one of the coaching member.)

Nov 24, 2015 01:38 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Back in 2004 and 2005 was in Mike Ferry 1 on 1 coaching.  Paid out close to $100K in referral fees in 2005 due to inbound referrals from other agents (primarily in California) - well worth it!

Nov 23, 2015 11:50 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No.  They just tell you what you want to hear.

Nov 23, 2015 09:32 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I did pay years ago.  What a waste of my hard earned money. 

Nov 23, 2015 08:15 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Not me. But i've been to their ''mass'' days, sorry not interested in F2F sessions... Yet? 

Nov 23, 2015 03:48 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Nothing new under the sun - but then again, it would depend on your starting point.

Nov 23, 2015 01:11 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have not paid for any, but my wife has several coaches.

Nov 23, 2015 12:04 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have never had a coach, but have gone to seminars by Buffini.

Nov 23, 2015 10:41 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am rethinking it. 

Nov 23, 2015 08:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never paid for professional coaching but did have access to the materials used by a friend who was a professional coach. If you are willing to implement the recommendations of a coach, it could be a good investment.


Nov 23, 2015 08:09 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance


Nov 23, 2015 07:50 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have not and I just don't see the cost being worth it.  At least for me

Nov 23, 2015 07:42 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

No, and I don't believe that I ever would. I walk to my own drummer.

Nov 23, 2015 07:36 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Nope I've never had a coach but I know a lot of people who have benefited from them

Nov 24, 2015 05:02 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It may be worth it, but I haven't used them to date.

Nov 24, 2015 03:59 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, in 37 years, I've never paid for coaching.... I listened to what and how others communicated and I selected portions that I wanted to use...then I put my own spin on it....

Nov 24, 2015 03:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I used Performance Coaching in the past --- when I was using them, they had many plans -- choose one that fits your needs.

Nov 24, 2015 03:48 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS I think you would be better off spending your money elsewhere and finding a mentor to keep you accountable.

Nov 23, 2015 11:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes, I have. And yes it's been worth it, but not on a consistent basis year in and year out.

Nov 23, 2015 09:47 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It could very well be worth $25,000 a month.

It depends on what is broken and your commitment to fix what is broken.

At the heart of this success lies the individuals fidelity to their commitments. Counter-intentions and self-generated lies need to be exposed, then the agility to follow your vision and exercise your genius can show the results you want.

What's that worth?

Nov 23, 2015 09:42 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have read many books but not paid for coaching.

Nov 23, 2015 09:13 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Haven't paid for coaching, but did pay for training with Floyd Wickman when I first started. Learned some useful information. i would not pay 700-1000. per month for coaching unless it included much more than just ra ra bs.

Nov 23, 2015 09:09 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

We tried the Buffini course.  It just wasn't us at all.  We were successful before this (ahem) course, and we'll be successful without it.  

Nov 23, 2015 09:00 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have paid for coaching in the past and still follow many! Found reading books and listening to tapes helpful, but not paying for coaching currently!

Nov 23, 2015 08:04 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Richard. Meet with successful people in and around your area, buy them lunch, learn from them.

Nov 23, 2015 06:19 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Tuesday morning Richard. No one succeeds alone. A good coach will increase your profit margin.

Nov 23, 2015 05:13 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My broker has had Mike Ferry as a coach.  First in group settings, then as one of the first people Mike offered private coaching to.  Then my broker was on stage at the seminars and became one of Mike's first coaches that helped others.  He had a great time and his business grew.  Obviously, he put in +100% to what he was learning and it showed. 


Like Val Evans said, all the money in the world for coaching doesn't account for squat if you don't do what you're told to do and don't have the motivation to go out and do it.  Make sure you have those in check before you go spending money. 


Same concept as lead generation and CRM solutions.  Work the leads you have, otherwise why spend money to get more and get fancy tools to track them?

Nov 23, 2015 03:35 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Richard - I have never paid for professional coaching, but the broker I worked with prior to where I am at now was really into that stuff. He would have us sit and listen to tapes and videos all day long.

I personally wouldn't pay for them. Find a really good agent/broker and ask if they will mentor you.

Nov 23, 2015 01:20 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think these systems are great for some agents. Some need a jump start. I personally haven't used any professional coaching. 

Nov 23, 2015 10:19 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

I have never sought the services of a personal coach. But I have attended many seminars and a couple of different week long training sessions. I have read many books, watched hundreds of hours of videos and still listen to podcasts almost daily. 

Nov 23, 2015 09:45 AM
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Richard - in a word YES! I was a "Buffini" girl for 3 years and though I am not currently a 'member' and haven't been for 5 years, I still use the principles that were taught, I still do pop-bys, I still hand write notes, and I still call (though Brian and Joe would NOT be pleased with my inconsistentcy). The most important thing with any coaching system is to USE IT - and give it at least a year.

Nov 23, 2015 09:00 AM
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Nov 23, 2015 07:47 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

So just to be clear. The coaching I was contemplating is for those that are currently making six figure incomes and up. Obviously they will accept you if making less but if you are not already doing great business you probably aren't motivated to take it to the next level. So if you're making $250,000 and want to bring it up to $500,000 and beyond.

I find it interesting on how strong some of the feelings are from both sides of the spectrum.

In the end I decided not to do the coaching. I am a "learner" and a "doer" by nature. I take the best things I've learned from others, from courses, from books, and so on. I've done well doing things that way. I can't say that I would not contemplate coaching in the future. But just that I'm in a good place right now.

Thanks for the replies everyone.


Nov 24, 2015 10:12 PM