Yes, I think I'd like to work for you not that you worked for me

Yesterday when I read Sheila Anderson 's post about Everyone being new at one time, a little spark went off in my brain and I decided to write a post about the journey of some of my agents. I think I'm a good broker. I know I'm a hands on and very knowledgeable about the deals happening in office broker. Any one of my agents can step away for a vacation or family emergency and I can flawlessly pick up that file and move forward without missing a beat. And it doesn't matter if it's 5 contracts or 25 contracts.

I have 9 agents with their license here.  And I want to tell you a little about each of them.  

There's Nancy Ewing, who bought one of our listings as a weekend house when she was licensed and worked in Atlanta. When she and her builder husband moved to the lake full time she decided she'd like to come to work with me.


There is Joe Walton, who formerly owned and ran his own office here on Lake Sinclair. He had a terrible time keeping agents and never got to take any time off and ultimately decided to come to work with me. We're a great fit because he loves to show property and I'm great with paperwork.


Then there is Jennie Kiplinger, who Nancy recruited to our office, who is my REO agent. Nancy warned her I was "going to be in her business" and she wasn't sure she was going to like my style. Turns out she loves my style.


Next is Dorothy Vadas and John Vadas
, also former clients of Lane Realty. Both obtained their license 2 years ago after retiring from other careers. They knew how I did business and although they took their classes under another broker ultimately decided they wanted to work with me.  John is my top producer so far this year in just his second year in real estate. They joined Lane Realty about 6 months apart. John took his class first and Dorothy soon after.

Oh and my Donald Baker is licensed here too. He really didn't have a choice about where he was going to hang his real estate license. I mean after all, he does go home with the broker every night. And he was a real estate groopie for so many years that I decided he needed to be licensed.  He usually goes what I say.


Then there is Justine Greene. She also purchased a Lane Realty listing. The agent that represented her didn't work here, but she decided she wanted to put her license here and not with the company that represented her in her Lake Sinclair home purchase.

Then Tee Shaw.
First licensed in Griffin Georgia and other lake companies would not co-op with him, but Lane Realty happily paid him a commission to sell one of our listings. He decided our attitude was a great fit and moved his license here. 

And Craig Rodgers.  He's a repeat client turned real estate agent. He first purchased a weekend house from me, then a new construction retirement home and sold his weekend house with me. He thought working here was fun, so now he does. (It is fun)

And last, but not least, is Sam Morgan.  Sam is the only agent that I didn't hire. That's right Sam worked for my former broker before I came to work here.  Next spring Sam will celebrate 25 years. Just a few weeks before I celebrate 24 years here. I'm very happy Sam stuck with me when I bought the company in 1995.

So out of those 10 agents all but Sam did business as a client of Lane Realty, as a buyer of our listing via another company, or as a professional colleague and decided this would be a great place to work. I also currently have another former client taking her real estate course that I believe will ultimately hang her license here and come to work with us.

I'd love to also hire an agent who lives in and would like to work in Hancock County. I currently refer about 20 deals a year to other agents in that area and feel that I could help someone be very successful in that market.

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Comment balloon 11 commentsTammy Lankford, • October 03 2015 11:18AM


Hi Tammy... what a nice "shout out" to your team. Sounds like you have a great group there and I hope someone in Hancock County takes you up on your offer.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 5 years ago

Great post, Tammy Lankford .  It's a special talent to recruit and keep good agents.  Kudos!

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) about 5 years ago

Good evening Tammy. I think it is terrific to havesuch a varied and yet dedicated group of agents who made you and your firm their place too. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 5 years ago

That is so cool Tammy. A great look at some excellent co-workers of yours.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 5 years ago


What a great group. And that goes for you to. Like  attracting like. Have a lovely Sunday. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 5 years ago

Outstanding!  I am glad that these great agents made the decision to work with you.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 5 years ago

Nina Hollander they are a great group of agents.  I've had several retire over the years with 75% of them starting as clients as well.

Carol Williams I've had people leave to retire or be a stay at home mom, but only once to continue to work in our market and that wasn't for long.

Sheila Anderson they do have a variety of former jobs too. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Noah Seidenberg We do work as a team, but I'm their broker, not just their co-worker. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thanks and I do hire people with the same dedication to great customer service as me.

Judi K Barrett me too, when I take time off I know my company is in great hands.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Tammy - you have a really great time and they all have a great team leader.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 5 years ago



That sounds like a great and fun group. I hope they appreciate what they have in you as their broker. Good job!

Posted by David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation, Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential (Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC ) about 5 years ago

Thanks Grant Schneider  I try hard to be a good leader

David Gibson there is always laughter and fun in our office.  I appreciate your kind words.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago