Our society is rapidly changing, and many real estate businesses are lagging behind. How can you take diversity into consideration when you hire and run your office or team? How are so many offices and teams failing to reflect the areas they live in? How can we build a successful, long-standing business that sets itself apart from competitors? In this episode, I talk with Richard Silver of Silver Burtnick & Associates for these key insights.
I wanted a team that looked like the people of our city. -Richard Silver
Takeaways + Tactics
- Change is essential and should be embraced.
- Diversity of agents with regards to race, religion, age, culture and language only stands to benefit your business. This is particularly true in multicultural societies.
- Use of new technologies is vital, from testing personalities to marketing homes.
At the start of the show, we talked about Richard’s journey and how he got started. We also talked about the importance of embracing change, and the power of diverse teams in the success of businesses. We talked about how luxury can sometimes be defined according to how many properties someone has. We also talked about why every chance to meet potential clients should be seized.
We also discussed:
- The necessity of networking
- Situational relevance and how it works
Multicultural societies, spurred on by globalization and rapidly evolving technologies, require change in the traditional approach to luxury. As markets become more diverse, agents need to consider the importance of representative teams. Further, as technological advancements show no signs of slowing, it is imperative they are used to the agent’s benefit. Change is inevitable, but that should not be cause for concern. Rather, it should be hailed as an opportunity for further-reaching success.
Leading the Torontoism.com Team at Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Richard is designated as an ABR, e-PRO and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). A past Director-at-Large for the Canadian Real Estate Association, and Past-President of the Toronto Real Estate Board.
A speaker and writer about the use of "Technology in Real Estate" as well as "The International Real Estate Market", he is founding Past-President of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, Toronto Chapter. Inman News named him one of the "Top 100 Most Influential people in Real Estate for 2013". Learn more here: https://torontoism.com/