Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I think they are concerned about the fitness of our minds first and the size of our heart second and body third. 
I do believe there are people out there who judge us on our looks, age and economic status far more readily than our physical condition!

Sep 12, 2016 08:58 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   I know two top agents, with total respect to them, they are very overweight.  But their winning personalities, their competence and confidence keeps them in the top 10% of our Board year after year.

   Of course, we live in an age when the majority of people are very much overweight.  The two ladies I refer to dress well, speak well, nice vehicles, etc. 


Sep 12, 2016 10:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I truly doubt it... but if they did, how would be even know? I've never been asked about my physical well-being or health by any prospective client. I'm probably in better physical shape than at least 75% of my clients. 

Sep 12, 2016 09:03 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

That is a good question Barbara. I think it depends on the person. People choose they can relate with to represent them.

Sep 12, 2016 12:50 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't think that plays into the decision at all. They are thinking about a lot of others things liek commission rate, experience, time on the market and guarantees.

Sep 12, 2016 12:12 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have seen agents on a walker. Some one close to qtr ton in weight. Can barely walk w/o running out of breath. While I feel bad for them have to work in such condition. I prefer to work with someone who can walk up and down the stair or ladder.  I did work with an agent showing me homes who talked through from front neck hole.  Forget what the proper term is. Sounds strange I but have no issue.

Sep 12, 2016 09:55 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What an excellent question. Who hasn't thought it but not shared it? My wife pioneered this. She is quick to refuse help that she assesses as not in it to win it thus how can they help her to her satisfaction? I tend to agree Barbara

Sep 12, 2016 09:20 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Interesting question, Barbara.  I'm not sure that is a significant criteria, as long as the agent is professional and competent.  There are still a lot of overweight home buyers and sellers who probably wouldn't even consider physical condition as a reason to choose an agent.  

Sep 12, 2016 09:06 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Barbara Todaro - It's a good way to bond, talking about your regimen, etc. I would also think that someone who takes their physical condition very seriously, like you, that you would like to work with like-minded people.

Sep 12, 2016 09:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting point on your part.  I can't think of anyone we have worked with who is not taking good care of himself/or herself.  A

Sep 12, 2016 08:49 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes they do.

Recentlyread that the AVERAGE dress size in the USA is size 16!!!!!

At the voting station last month I observed a river of voters  with a common appearance of a dumpling wearing Chico's apparel.

The benefits of exercising resulting in good physical condition are:

  1. Determination
  2. Discipline
  3. Feel better
  4. Stronger body
  5. Toughness of Spirit
  6. Problems diminish
  7. Confidence grows
  8. Triumph over laziness
  9. Triumph over procrastination
  10. Badge of a winner
  11. Organized person
  12. Goal oriented
  13. In charge of his/her destiny
  14. Shows an investment in excellence
  15. Physical and mental fitness unlock opportunity and success
  16. You feel better about yourself.

Does that not sound like someone you would want working on your behalf?


Sep 13, 2016 01:03 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

In general i say yes. To be blunt, if an agent walks in weezing, coughing, dizzy, faints or such, they will be looked at by most as not having the stamina to do the job. 

Sep 12, 2016 10:30 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't see that ever being a part of the decision making process. 

Sep 12, 2016 09:02 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Especially in Franklin MA, No worries

Sep 12, 2016 02:59 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I haven't found that to be true here - they're still taking this old fart out...and I am in no way, shape or form (pun intended) considered in shape!  LOL

Sep 12, 2016 02:34 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don't think this really enters into the equation, unless a buyer or seller is a health fanatic and wants to work with someone with similar tastes. I suspect they are more concerned about the results!


Sep 12, 2016 01:57 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I have learned that the youngest buyers don't appreciate or respcet experience and prefer to work with a young, vibrant, fresh peer.  It's odd but true. I don't think health is their concern, maybe hair color or age.  Their loss!

Sep 12, 2016 12:17 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Shallow man that I am I admitt that I prefer to work with the most attractive saleswoman on the floor when possible Barbara Todaro 

Sep 12, 2016 12:12 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That might come into play with some buyers and sellers, but ultimately I think it's the professional and enthusiastic way an agent might present themselves to the client that win over. 

Sep 12, 2016 10:20 AM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

Don't get me started on this topic!!  All I have to say is whether you are selling real estate, cars, or software systems - absolutely the potential client takes that into consideration. Not just physical condition but age and overall appearance.  I'm not talking about someone that doesn't dress for the job they want, I'm talking about a person that is not the image of what society expects a successful person to look like.  Maybe it's a "California thing", in particular - southern California, but its rare to meet someone that doesn't have some underlying discrimination towards a certain segment of society whether consciously or subconscioulsy.  

Sep 12, 2016 10:19 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It always weighs in somewhere in the background though most concentrate on other factors.

Sep 12, 2016 09:31 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Contrary to the majority of responses, I do think that looks/physical condition are part of the equation...maybe not consciously, but its there.

That is why statistics show that good looking people get hired more often and tall people make more money than the average.


Sep 13, 2016 07:34 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Barbara, I don't think this has changed since the dawn of time!  Agents that are infirm, overweight or otherwise in less than "average" health are marked down by the public at least on a subconsious level.

Agents that are average to fit to "built" or have "sex appeal" will get marked up by the public.

Why?  Are we a sexist/elitist/"health conscious"/"fat shaming" society?  No.  It's evolution.  We want to ally ourselves with the strongest people for protection and in a hunting party.  Sure there might be one or two weaker people in that hunting party, but those are the slow runners that the sabertooth tiger gets to eat so the strong survive, if the hunt goes bad.

Sep 13, 2016 04:00 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I doubt it - there are quite a few "less than phyically fit" agents who are quite successful - I think I'll put myself in that "basket" <- know the reference? LOL

Sep 13, 2016 01:24 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

First impressions mean a great deal so the answer is yes.

Sep 12, 2016 10:21 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I guess they do.

Sep 12, 2016 10:07 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Have not thought of that consciously, but it would not surprise me if it entered a person's mind, especially if level of energy or possible contagion might be a factor.

Sep 12, 2016 10:04 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes I do & don't really want to go into details.

If agents are huffing & puffing going up a flight of stairs it makes me wonder about their energy level for life in general.

Sep 12, 2016 10:03 PM
Toronto, ON

Everyone has their own selection criteria, whether it is conscious, subconscious or both.

Sep 12, 2016 09:20 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC


Sep 12, 2016 09:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good looks will probably be more of a consideration.

Sep 12, 2016 09:10 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I think this depends on the client. Some will notice and others won't.  For some a healthy lifestyle could draw clients.  Others may be drawn toward not so healthy agents.  Great question Barbara Todaro 

Sep 12, 2016 02:45 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I don't think that should be a factor when one is deciding on a realtor. Afterall, we all work as a team whether or not one has a team.  Communication and negotiation skills should be on top of the pre-requisites.

Sep 12, 2016 12:19 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes...I have heard that before

Sep 12, 2016 11:02 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Not sure what the clients thinks but do know agents who worked almost to the end . . . I was called to sub for real estate instructor who died less than two weeks later from terminal cancer.  She was very dedicated to her career both as agent and real estate instructor.  

Sep 12, 2016 10:10 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I don't know about "good physical condition" but I do think people are more prone to align with people physically attractive.  And this has nothing to do with looks, but I once had a client who relocated to the area and she was a T-Moblie supervisor.  She knew my phone number was T-Mobile and she looked up my account to see if I paid my bills on time!  I thought that was very tacky, when she told me that.  And an invasion of my privacy.  

Sep 30, 2016 11:46 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It's hard for an agent to have good energy without good health.

Sep 15, 2016 11:07 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

if anyone wants to judge me on something other than my performance then I really don't want them for a client. 

Sep 14, 2016 02:41 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Barbara Todaro - to begin with, the clients are impressed with the agent who is healthy - they usually have a different image of the real estate agents.

So yes, they'd prefer to work with healthier agents, I believe.

Sep 13, 2016 04:07 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Barbara Todaro I think, clients mostly interested on good service.

Sep 13, 2016 08:32 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I doubt that that is the main factor. Of course, someone who plays golf or tennis would prefer an agent from his club, etc. 

Sep 13, 2016 08:07 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

No. They all know me and know that normally I'm in good condition but have had a few  health setbacks this past year or so. BUT with that said they  also know I never give up and my goal is to be back on top of the hill by end of this year.

Sep 13, 2016 06:35 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

It could, but of course no one is going to tell you that. There are many many reasons you don't get every single buyer to work with you. I don't think this is high on their list though. It's more about making a connection and how you handle yourself and projecting that to the customer.

Sep 13, 2016 05:45 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I'm not sure clients are as focused on conditioning out of the gate as we should be. What they will notice is levels of energy and stamina. So to answer your question, yes, in the final analysis, consumers will prefer a healthy rep. We've all had clients whose former agent was so grounded by health issues, they were largely unavailable when needed.  They may not have initially considered health a hiring factor, but they will come to see how important it is when poor health becomes a problem!

Sep 13, 2016 05:32 AM
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Nah, unless they are fitness fanatics I don't see the correlation

Sep 13, 2016 01:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I think the reasons why we are hired(or not) are endless.   Being in good physical condition(or not), male/female(or not), tall/short(or in between) can all come into play.  

Sep 13, 2016 01:08 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Sep 13, 2016 12:05 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Mentally yes! Physically, probably not!

Sep 13, 2016 12:00 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

So that's why you do so well! I had better get to the gym!

Sep 12, 2016 11:35 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Barbara Todaro I think the first impression carries a lot of weight.

Sep 12, 2016 11:23 PM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

My guess and it's a guess is that some potential clients do care about the appearance and/or health of the agent they select and some don't.

Sep 12, 2016 11:03 PM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX

I would think for some that would matter.  Not all,  but for some.

Sep 12, 2016 10:58 PM