Do you think an agent should dress for success?

Asked by Lynette Browne, Bronx, NY Thu Feb 27, 2014

I once encountered at an open house where a buyer couldn't tell if the agent was the owner or the agent.

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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Fri Feb 28, 2014
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Neat and clean aside, agents should always dress "appropriately." A couple asked me to visit their hilltop vineyard to possibly sell it for them. As is the custom in Northern California Wine Country, I arrived in jeans and work boots for a walk through the vineyards. Afterwards when we went into the office to taste some of their wines and discuss the sale, they told me they would work with me because of my shoes. ??? Turns out another agent they had met with wore high heels and almost broke an ankle trying to walk among the vines. My having wore boots demonstrated that I knew something about their type of property.
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I do agree in situations like that! You have to dress for the occasion of the property, this way you are able to participate fully in the transaction. This is why I carry with me different outfits and shoes depending on what I am going with my clients to view.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Fri Feb 28, 2014
The agent should dress in a manner that makes them identifiable. That can be via a name badge, branded T or they can have REALTOR tattooed across their forehead. Beyond identification I don't care how others dress. I however will dress in the manner of those whom I trust to guide me through the important decisions in life. IMHO, the value of the guidance you provide, may be suggestive of the authority of the clothes you wear. I don't mean you must be dressed formally, but you certainly should not appear to have emerged from the weeding the flower bed.
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Maybe I should look into the tattoo...thats Guerilla marketing!
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Christopher…, Agent, Englewood, CO
Fri Feb 28, 2014
The overall look will always depend on where you are. We know that "business attire" means different things in NYC versus Southern California. But I would always go by those guidelines and look the part. I'm not out to impress anyone with my wardrobe, but I'm always out to instill trust in my clients.
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Fri Feb 28, 2014
I think Realtors should dress in a manner that is appropriate for the clients their working with and this varies by location, price range etc. I always dress business casual, I can count the times on one hand with 4 fingers left over that a client was dressed nicer than I was.
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Phyllis McAr…, Agent, San mateo, CA
Thu Feb 27, 2014
I do dress for success, however while showing property to a couple (wearing a business suit) the hubby asked me why was I so dressed up, I said "for you both" he said don't bother you look like a lawyer!

With that said, open houses are a different situation, you should always dress like a professional. Coming into the office, it is important to look your best, just in case one of your clients show up, or if you are taking "floor time" and you have a "walk in"
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Heather Wrig…, Agent, The Dalles, OR
Sat Mar 1, 2014
I believe in dressing professionally. We are professionals right? Not saying suits everyday. I feel that dressing nicely shows respect for the profession and the clients. I often show rural property so when I am doing so I will wear rain boots or something appropiate to my situation but if meeting a client for the first time I will be professional. I think that is the standard. I know not all do it.
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Julie Jensen, Agent, Evanston, IL
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Yes! First impressions last forever. If you are not dressed professionally, why would potential clients place the purchase and/or sale of one of their most valuable assets in your hands.
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Kim Benedict, Agent, Overland Park, KS
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Definitely! If you want to be successful you have to dress for success! People want to work with someone that looks like they care about what they are doing, as you never know who will walk through the door and if its a million dollar listing they don't want to work with someone that looks like a bum...

I do agree with Chris' comment it depends on where you live too, yet look professional and you will make a great impression on your clients!
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Hank Wilson, Agent, Bowling Green, KY
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Just put yourself in the clients shoes. What would you want to see out of the person guiding you through the biggest financial transaction of your life?
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John Repoza, Agent, Westerly, RI
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Funny I had a closing where the seller ask if the other agent was the maintenance man. I know dress codes very but there's nothing wrong with dressing professionally.
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Don Maclary, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Dressing for success can be different by area In the Hampton Roads Area where I am dressing for success is Beach Casual:)
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Hank Wilson, Agent, Bowling Green, KY
Thu Feb 27, 2014
Yes! You only get one chance to make a first impression. I have found that since I started at my office everyone else has stepped their game up as far as what they wear. You want to be known for being clean and professional. Be the one to set the standard. I always wear a button up with a Jacket/Blazer, sometimes a full suit. It is better to be SHARP!
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