Front Door Friday- Meet Julia Wood

Benchmark is pleased to announce a new feature called Front Door Friday. Each Friday, we will feature one of our agents along with one of their current listings. This week, we interviewed agent Julia Wood and previewed one of her listings, located in Brentwood. Get to know our team and check out some of the beautiful homes they have listed in the Nashville area.

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  1. Best compliment you’ve ever received…”I could not have done this without you. I will never call anyone else. I think the world of you. I will tell everyone to use you.”
  2. Fashion trend you regret following…Headbands…maybe perms.
  3. Word you use way too much…Not one I want to admit to. ;)
  4. Favorite getaway…Beach or Lake Houses
  5. Favorite website… Facebook
  6. Best advice your mom ever gave you… “Don’t let your babies intimidate you. You’re bigger than they are.”
  7. Person with whom you’d most like to trade places for a day…One of my kids—to see what it feels like living with me and really being them.
  8. Most embarrassing song on your iPod…The Humpty Dance
  9. Best advice you have received from another Benchmark agent??   You are going to love it here!
  10. What are the top three things to be included in your dream house?? Ranch style construction; Screened porch; Fantastic kitchen

Julia, has this beautiful home listed in Copperstone in Brentwood. It has 4020 square feet, 3 car garage, a cook’s kitchen with 6 burner Dacor gas cooktop with wok and griddle. It’s listed for $525,000. You can view the MLS HERE, or the Showcase by Agent photos HERE. 

 

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Great! You Capped – Now You Get to Keep YOUR Money

At Benchmark Realty, we always have mixed feelings when a friend or colleague with another company says, “I’m so excited! I capped, and it’s only July!”

Naturally, we’re happy for them. That means he or she isn’t going to have to dish out such a huge portion of their hard-earned commission.

We’re also a little bummed, though, because we don’t like that business model. In fact, that business model makes us cringe a little bit. All of our agents make 100 percent commissions… no matter what. As our agents are fond of saying… “We ALL capped January 1st!”No Commission Caps- Benchmark Realty

Why We Don’t Believe in Caps

Well, we believe they exist for a reason. We just don’t feel like they work for everyone. At Benchmark we have three agent plans our Realtors® can choose from based on what will help them grow their own businesses and ALL of them offer 100% commission.

Here’s the thing: your biggest expense as an agent could very well be the fees you pay your broker. That cuts into your marketing budget, your take-home pay and your savings for the future. Taking food out of your children’s mouths to pay a broker is simply no way to live; we wouldn’t want it for ourselves, and we don’t want it for you.

It’s your money. You earned it.

No Caps, No Nonsense

If you’ve ever heard one of our agents talk about working with Benchmark Realty, you’ve probably kicked around the idea of joining us.

We know making a big move can be a little intimidating, especially if you’ve been with your company for quite some time. We all felt that way when we came on board because since we don’t hire newbies, we ALL came from somewhere else. That’s normal, and it’s understandable. But think of it this way: every time you close under your current broker, you’re missing out.

On what?

It’s simple math.

The more you make on each transaction, the more you’ll have to market yourself. Marketing yourself will almost inevitably elevate your career. Elevating your career could mean selling fewer—but higher-priced—homes so that you can spend more time with your family. It might mean selling more homes and establishing yourself as the powerhouse around town, or it may mean reaching a higher level of personal development.

We won’t force you to do floor duty, charge you franchise fees or desk fees, or route the calls that your ads and signs generate to other agents. You’ll enjoy strong broker support every step of the way, and you get to use our facilities at no charge. The day you start is the day you cap for the year – you will take home 100 percent of every commission while you’re with us.

We won’t tell anyone if you’d like to set up a private meeting and find out whether Benchmark Realty is a good fit for you, so call us at (615)371-1544 or fill out the form below. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Real Estate Code of Ethics- Violations Going Public (Almost)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “A few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch?”

If you’ve ever had interactions with another agent who didn’t follow the Code of Ethics, violated TREC rules, or just didn’t keep up their end of a transaction, than you know exactly what we mean.

At Benchmark, we focus on QUALITY of agent, over Quantity of agents.  We even have a formal Agent Behavior Policy that requires our agents to operate morally, ethically, and legally – or they cannot stay. Combine that with a proprietary check and balance system to ensure our document compliance and you will see that we believe in always doing the right thing.  It’s just who we are.

Does that mean we are perfect?  Nope.  We don’t claim to be. When humans are involved in the process, sometimes humans make bad decisions.  But we try hard.  Towards that aim, we have established a proprietary “brain trust” that is available to our agents 24/7 to provide input on any sticky situation that they might find themselves in and in need of advice.  More importantly, one thing you will never hear about Benchmark is that our brokers are not accessible.  With multiple points of contact and tremendous depth of experience across the board, you will ALWAYS be able to get help when you need help.Real Estate Ethics- Benchmark Realty TN

Code of Ethics Violations Soon to be on Display

If you are one who pays attention industry news, you know there is a growing national movement that believes Ethical agent behavior should be defined and monitored on a larger scale. The National Association of Realtors® just approved a pilot program that will allow the California Association of Realtors® to publish the names and photos of members who violate the Realtor® Code of Ethics.  To us, this sounds suspiciously like a first step toward voluntary national regulation of our industry – sort of like what the Dodd-Frank Act does to the banking industry.

According to Kevin Brown, president of CAR, “We just want to shine a light on the people that misbehave in our industry.”

The list won’t be public (for now); it’ll only be available to other members. So what does this mean for you as a Tennessee Realtor®?  Your local associations are talking privately about doing the same thing, and TREC already posts the names of errant licensees on their website.  That website IS available to the public.

Some agents feel like this is a positive step forward, while others think it’s a bit too personal for public display. CAR’s idea is to not only keep unethical Realtors from gaining traction in their communities, but to use them as examples of what not to do.

This is just a pilot program, and it’s only in California right now. However, if it’s successful and gets positive feedback, it could quickly expand to other states. Generally speaking though, you have nothing to worry about if you’re an ethical, honest Realtor®.

Is There Such a Thing as an “Accidental” Ethics Violation?

We’re all human, and we all make mistakes. But that does not excuse an ethics violation. Your best approach is to stay on top of the Code of Ethics…if you’re not sure about whether you should do something, STOP and ask somebody who knows.

One of the best ways to make sure you know what you’re doing is to participate in Benchmark Realty Agent Training. You can learn a lot at our Mastermind Meetings, Agent Orientations, Broker Forms Reviews, and our monthly Coffee with the Broker.  These growth opportunities are important not only because of the content we present but because they expand your networking with fellow agents.

Are You a Benchmark Agent?

If not, you’re missing out. We’re one of Middle Tennessee’s premier real estate brokerages, offering  100 percent agent commission. (No, you don’t have to clean your screen. You read that correctly.)

Call us at (615)371-1544, fill out the form below, or use our contact page to get in touch. We’ll be happy to schedule a confidential meeting where we’ll explain Benchmark’s Total Freedom concept and refresh your memory about that 100% commission.

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Agents Speak Freely about a Career with Benchmark Realty

At this month’s Mastermind Meeting, we caught up with a few agents and asked what they enjoyed most about working at Benchmark Realty.

Reggie Polk, an agent who has been with Benchmark for over a year spoke highly about the agency.

“I really love the flexibility of managing my own business…I feel like at Benchmark Realty, I have the most opportunity to keep all of my commission and make as much money as I can. I have a great leadership staff — John and Philip give us a lot of great support.”

Agents Lisa Wurth and Clayton Williams both agree that integrity is a characteristic they greatly value at Benchmark.

“I love the integrity that Philip and the other brokers have established in the company and the standards he sets for the agents is something that brought me here and absolutely keeps me here,” Wurth said.

“My favorite thing about Benchmark without even thinking about it is the high level integrity,” Williams said.

We then asked what advice the agents would give to those considering a career at Benchmark.

“I tell everyone that asks me how I feel about joining Benchmark, the only regret that I have is that I did not join sooner,” Wurth said. “It absolutely helped elevate my career; it caused me to live to new standards. The standards Philip has put in place are absolutely unprecedented.”

“You really need to come in today and sit down with John or Philip and talk about the opportunity in front of you…see if you get a good feel for the company, we have a great culture here, people are really willing to help you out and give you answers that you’re looking for,” Polk said. “We want to make sure that we have a right fit with you in the company.”

Watch this month’s agent testimonial video.
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