Best Business Practices from Court Reporting to Real Estate
While going through a bad time in my life, I enrolled in court reporting school at the urging of a cousin and a friend. Court reporting changed my life.
When I was about to enter my last class 200--225 words per minute, the school went out of business. I told them, You can't; I'm not finished yet! New York state came in to sort things out. They transferred those who wanted to finish the course to another school, while others left to become legal or medical secretaries. They brought teachers out from another campus to help. And that's where I first met Otto.
Otto was a high-speed teacher and well regarded in the field. I finished the class, passed my 225s (225 words per minute) and graduated. Otto became my friend and mentor. He encouraged and guided me. Having a 5 year old, I was older than many people in class. I spent many Monday nights and Saturday mornings with other professional court reporters in extra speed classes and discussions.
This was in the days before Google and the Internet. I practiced endless hours of dictation with cassette tapes - Dr Henry Lee - phone calls to hospitals and books to get the correct spelling of a word so the transcript didn't have to read (phonetic.) Our programs ran on DOS and we backed up to 5 1/4" floppies. When Dr. Henry Lee appeared on tv, I was amazed to see he really existed!
Over the years, through time and distance (we moved to Florida), I lost touch with Otto. With the advent of Google, I would look for him from time to time. Last year, after reading Tuesdays with Morrie, I found him. Coincidence? God Wink? Who knows? I had seen someone with his name as an author, which made sense, but it was so off topic I thought it wasn't him. Well, turns out it was him. This time, there was a video posted with someone interviewing him.
I was saddened to see Otto was now in a nursing home and had difficulty speaking. I wasn't entirely sure it was him at first, until I saw his photo on a bulletin board when they panned the room. It was him. I wrote a letter and enclosed a photo of us at graduation. I didn't expect to hear back. I never did. But I felt compelled to write and thank this man who had made such an impact on my life.
Unfortunately, I got sick and had to give up court reporting.
As a real estate agent, I use my background in court reporting every day. Having listened to EBTs (Examinations Before Trial in New York, otherwise known as depositions everywhere else), depositions and hearings for many years often helps me see the possibilities of where a real estate transaction may be headed before it happens. These are my best business practices because it gives me foresight. You see, I've already seen where this could end up - heck, I've marked them as exhibits - and try to avoid potential situations before they occur.
I believe my court reporting experience helps to make me a better REALTOR®. I understand more of the legal end and communicate easily with attorneys. I try to be especially careful with my contracts and will always go the extra mile to get an explanation for what I don't know. And I tell people - if I don't have the answer, I will send you to someone who does.
I've been a REALTOR® for 13 years now and I love it. And I am lucky to have a mentor in real estate Lou Ludwig . I met Lou in a Continuing Ed class many years ago. There were about 14 people in the class. I listened and learned from Lou, taking GRI and several other classes with him. In fact, he is the reason I'm on Active Rain. Lou said to everyone in that class, back in 2009, If you aren't on Active Rain, you ought to be. So I signed up. Lou is one of those rare people who wants to see you succeed and will help you get there. If you don't know Lou, you should.
Blogging, referrals and repeat business became my best sources of business. Blogging at the suggestion of Lou, who said in a standing-room only class years later, Anyone in here blog? I was the only one who raised my hand. Blogging has been great. It's truly a labor of love for me, and sometimes I just can't do it. I don't know why but it happens. And then I'm back. I'm open to suggestions on overcoming this.
I've also had wonderful mentors on Active Rain including but not limited to Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland who has been a godsend and a good friend, along with Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS and Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES who encouraged me to finish up my CRS. Thank you both! And Bob Stewart and Brad Andersohn (who was the first person to call me back in 2009) and everyone else who gives of their time to answer my endless questions. My sincere thanks to you all!
I'm attempting to learn how to place Facebook Ads and boost posts. My first attempt cost me a fortune - though I'm not sure where I went wrong. If anyone can offer simple-to-understand help in this area, I sure would appreciate it! I've taken the classes and it seems easy, but it's not.
Lastly, is a photo I've never shown to a soul. It isn't flattering, by any means. I'm sharing it today with what is written on the back.
Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS for this contest! It's brought back a lot of memories.
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, ABR, GRI, e-PRO of Best Connections Realty, Inc. serving Boca Raton FL and the surrounding cities of Highland Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lighthouse Point, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach and Hallandale Beach.
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