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Mesquite NV Real Estate Agent - What is YOUR Price...

When I first got my real estate license in 1985 in Fairfield Ca, I scheduled 4 interviews for 1 day with the 4 brokers that I thought I might want to work for.

You know the old saying - Dress for the part you want to play!

So I went to the mall and bought the perfect Interview for a Real Estate Agent Dress, new not-too-high Real Estatejpeg image dress for success Agent Heels, a small professional Real Estate Agent Purse, a new gold Real Estate Agent Pen, gold hoop Real Estate Agent Earrings, and a simple gold Real Estate Agent Necklace.

I had my long curly hair cut in a shoulder length layered Real Estate Agent Style.

I had my shiny new Real Estate Agent Briefcase with pens, pencils, paper, folders, breath fresheners, calculator, candy bars - all the things that would prove that I was a real estate agent ready to go to work.

Oh, yes, I carried the briefcase with me to the interviews - what professional real estate agent doesn’t carry a briefcase to be prepared at all times?

All 4 interviews went really well.  All 4 brokers were obviously impressed by my poise and potential - how could they not be ?  I knew I looked like a professional real estate agent.

I went home and set my Real Estate Agent Purse and my Real Estate Agent Briefcase on my dresser and decided to change clothes before dinner - I couldn’t risk spilling barbecue sauce on my new Real Estate Agent Dress.

jpeg image Minnie Pearl

As I stood before the mirror, I turned and looked again at the perfect real estate agent image just one more time.

The first thing I noticed was that I had forgotten to take the price tags off the Perfect Real Estate Agent Dress - they were all hanging down the back of my sleeve.

That red $19.99 sale tag really stood out!

 

 

Virginia Hepp
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Comments

Virginia:  I am totally sure that you were so totally gorgeous and captivating that they never even noticed those silly price tags.  So, which office did you pick, and how well did it go.  Was it what you thought it would be ?
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 11 years ago

Virgina,

Thanks for the laugh!

I always liked Mine Peral, I hope the brokers did to.

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago
Thats funny!  Hard to forget that one!
Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 11 years ago
Virginia- Ah, yes, I have done things like that before. You will never forget that day:) But I agree with Karen, so stunning no one noticed the price tag. 
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago
I'm sure your personality shone through despite the price tags - they probably thought you were 'playing - the Sales' thing up...:-)
Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

Karen - I didn't stay at the one I picked very long, I made a bad choice for me.  But I found a really great one later who put me in the right direction.  I have loved real estate ever since.

Bill - I laughed later, but I was mortified at the time!

Chuck - I will NEVER forget it. 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
Oh Virigina, you are so Minnie Pearl. I loved that story with your "perfect" outfit. Sometimes we ought to just be ourselves, don't you think? The red tag sale sticker was the cherry on top of the sundae for me. It's fun to laugh now isn't it?
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago
Virginia, I LOVED your story.  I did that once, although not for an interview.  It was back in the 70's when wearing wigs was popular.  I was a bank teller at the time.  One particular day while wearing one of my wigs I felt so beautiful and so witty.  I was "little miss so sure of myself" that day.  I had waited on several people when one of my regulars walked up to the window and told me the price tag was sticking out the bottom of the wig.  I wanted to die!
Posted by Christine Hart Howlett, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE (Painesville and Eastern Lake County) over 11 years ago

Katerina - I asked one broker about it later - she didn't notice. (she said)

Liz - Perhaps they thought I was very "sales" oriented! 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Gary - It is one of my favorite real estate stories!  It was a BIG red tag - Close-out.

Christine - You and me and Minnie!  Didn't you just want to hide somewhere? 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
That is hilarious!  I remember my 11 year old son wearing a new pair of jeans to school on a day I was volunteering in his class.  I looked down to see the strip of tape that sometimes sticks to the leg of jeans which show the size repeatedly.  I suavely reached down and stripped it off of him before he or anyone else noticed.  I should've gotten a medal, but being an observant and responsive mom is just part of the gig I guess...  Anyway, funny story!!
Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago
Anonymous - He was lucky you were there.  That stuff is so embarrassing, kids are mean - why is that?
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
Very cool my friend, you are a tecky now :).  Liz
Posted by Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) over 11 years ago

Virginia, Thank you for the pic of Miss Minnie Pearl is that your new nickname?  Great story thanx

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago
This story is hysterical!  Why?  Not only because of the way you told it (you're an excellent writer) but because it could happen to any of us.
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 11 years ago
Great poat Virginia - you are a great storyteller and a talented writer. Love the new look too. Classy.
Posted by Jason Todd (Compelling Media + Design) over 11 years ago

Viginia-

New Suit-Been There. Done that. Never again!

Steve

Posted by Obeoman Glade Jones (www.obeo.com) over 11 years ago

Virginia,

How funny! You started my day off right. Smiles are great but laughter is priceless. I'm sure you personality was so great no one noticed the tag!

Posted by Becky Respess, ABR, CRB, CRS (Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co) over 11 years ago
Virginia, that is so funny.  Reminds me of a time my wife went out with the girls one night with tags hanging from a new blouse she bought. I was tempted to let her go, but stopped her at the door.  LOL.
Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Liz - I've already changed it 3 times - Brad Carroll made it easy!

Don - Thanks, I've been called worse.

Kris - I am sure there are a lot of embarrassing stories out there!

Jason - Thank you!  My attention span only allows very short stories!  I love the new look, too. 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Steve - Those "dress up clothes" are long gone.  Here, in Mesquite NV, we show homes in very casual clothes, most of the RE agents even wear shorts in the summer - it is HOT here.

Becky - I think I would have been hired if I were wearing my jammies - it was a pretty strong market and everybody needed more agents.

Bob - You would never have heard the end of it if you hadn't stopped her! 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
LOL...That is a cute story...so which one did you decide to hire?
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 11 years ago
Monika - Thanks, I went with the first one - a small office - sounded great, then I found out why it was a small office.  I left and went to a good one.
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Virginia:

Very funny post and so true. My dress was red too. Ha. Just kidding.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) over 11 years ago
oh my gosh - how funny - did any of them admit to seeing that tag later?
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Hi Alan - Thanks, you would look pretty funny in that dress, even without the price tags.
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
Now that is funny. lol  What a great picture that is ..big smile....tags...lol  Hows the market in Mesquite going.  I love that lil town.
Posted by Utah Dave, Homes for Sale - Utah (UtahDave.com Neighborhood Experts) over 11 years ago
That's great Virginia, at least it's better than having toilet tissue stuck to your shoe.
Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Thesa - They all said they didn't notice the tags - I don't know how you could miss it.

Dave - It is really picking up here - we are getting buyers from all over the U.S. and Canada - still not as good as your market.

JL - Yes, it could have been worse.  It is not the first time I have embarrassed myself in public! At least I wasn't wearing a toga.  :)

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
I can't tell you how many times I've done this. lol Everytime I do it I'm afraid that people think I'm "buying and returning" lol.
Posted by Lindsay Pendleton, Marketing Agent - Property Management in Baton Rou (Relocating To Baton Rouge & Surrounding Areas) over 11 years ago

Hi Virginia... Too funny! I believe that it's the embarrassing moments in our lives that give us character (or at least the funny stories we get to share!). LOL

My graphic word is "grumixameira"...what the heck is that?!

Posted by Bo Hunt, Metro-Atlanta Mortgage Professional (First Choice Mortgage Group) over 11 years ago

Lindsay - I never thought of that!  I wonder if anyone thought I was doing that?

Bo - I must have a lot of character - I embarrass myself on a regular basis.  That graphic word, 'grumixameira', is Latin for 'the glue that holds a transaction together".  It applies to a good RE agent.

 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Virginia,

That sounds like something i would do.  It's nice to know i'm not alone.  I had the breif case too. 

p.s. i only made it to the second cut.  thanks for the good wishes though 

Posted by Lisa Marie Thomas (Prudential) over 11 years ago

Virginia,

 I was trying to add you on my associates list, so I unscribed to yau to start ofer and now I can't even rescribe to you.  What did I do??  Or more to the point what can I do??  I can't loose you!!

Posted by Lisa Marie Thomas (Prudential) over 11 years ago
Never mind.  Somehow maybe because I commented, you are now back on my subscribed list.  Still not on my associations though.
Posted by Lisa Marie Thomas (Prudential) over 11 years ago
What a great story...you are so good to be able to laugh at yourself.  We all have to remember not to take ourselves too seriously!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago
Diane - If I didn't laugh at the stupid stuff I do sometimes, I would be crying a lot!
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
Virginia, that was too funny! I was just envisioning that...now unfortunately it's time for me to write the IRS a little check and go mail that not so funny envelope...thanks for the laugh.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 11 years ago
Hi Gena - Hopefully it is a little check!
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

 

    HAAAA! HAAAA! HEEEE! HEEEE! I am laughing so hard I woke up the dog !! (no not my husband) That is really funny !! I can picture you walking around head held high, cute red dress and a tag flittering around you with $19.99 on it.  Haa haaa hee hee. We both have our moments,Our stories are alot alike huh sis.

I just noticed: we both area wearing red suits in our pictures. The difference is I am not wearing a tag on mine

 

When you have a open house wear your price tag and add a HUGE RED TAG on the garage door and say "RED TAG SALE ON THIS HOME JUST FOR TODAY ONLY"

 

Posted by Windy Hixson, Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist (MOVE HOME REALTY) over 11 years ago

Windy - Hey, sis, OK - rub it in!  I will mail you a nice red sale tag so you can be just like me.

Great idea with the Red Tag Sale at an open house!  Have you done that? 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

 

  VIRGINIA: I have not done the red tag sale yet. I was emailed the idea from 1 of my clients while I was trying to sell her house. I will give it a try when the market doesn't have quite so many REO'S. Let me know if you are going to ok?

Posted by Windy Hixson, Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist (MOVE HOME REALTY) over 11 years ago
Windy - I think it would be really effective.  Even a newspaper ad, which I only do for open houses - RED TAG SALE  - or how about GARAGE SALE !  INCLUDES 3 BED 2 BATH HOUSE ! PLUS FREE KITTENS !
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

 

  You are tooooo funny ! Add in a velvet Elvis picture and it might work !?!

Posted by Windy Hixson, Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist (MOVE HOME REALTY) over 11 years ago
Virginia, what a great and funny story!  It sounds like something that I would do!  I have a bunch of real estate shoes, same style and different colors.  I realized I went on a listing appointment at a very fancy house with one black shoe and one navy one! 
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

WINDY - Do it! I double-dog dare you.

Patricia - We all have an occasional dressing snafu !

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
Virgina - that just made my day!!!!!
Posted by Heather Rankin, Lake Powell Real Estate (Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC) over 11 years ago
HAHAHA. That is great. What a great blog!!! Thanks for sharing, thats the best one I've read in awhile!!!
Posted by Andy Laughlin (ConnectRealty.com) over 11 years ago

Heather - It is funny, now, at the time I was mortified!

Andy - I could write a book, Adventures of a Dork

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Great story, but 23 years later you are still in the business. Realtors have to roll with the punches.

All the best!

Posted by Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Virginia, I LROL, to funny. Good price though....

Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 11 years ago

Kevin - Maybe that is why I am getting round - I roll so much!  :)

Duane - 'Good Price?'  I resemble that remark!

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Virginia, I'm still chuckling this afternoon. Almost as bad as leaving the zipper down but not as revealing....

Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 11 years ago

Duane - I missed this comment - better late than never?  We all know that you have a great sense of humor - I hope those brokers did.  :)

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 11 years ago

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