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CONDO CHICKS
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Can Realtors wear Jeans to showings?

WIth jeans being used as a trendy fashion piece of a late, it's not uncommon to see Realtor's dressing their jeans up as their "work" wardrobe. Again, like the whole vehicle debate, I'm on the line with this one. I always make note when I see a Realtor dressed up on showings. It shows that even though they are not in a typcial office situation daily, they still take care of their appearence to reflect a business image. However, I have had clients noteto me that they like the casual approach to wardrobe while showing. Again, I'm sure there will be a difference of opinion regarding wearing jeans in the real estate industry. I'm curious to see what everyone thinks!
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MARK SAVEL
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Yeezy can settle this conversation in one line:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9mwuYBljUA listen from 2:37-2:42
 
 
 
STEPHEN DOSTAL
NewBee
reply 4
 
 
I think as long as they are tasteful jeans ( no ripped or crazy designs or running shoes) then hopefully they have a nice dress shirt to go with it. Then i don't mind. I wear jeans alot in my office with a nice dress shirt.
 
 
MARCO DIFOTI
Senior Buzzer
reply 527 vote 31
 
 
If you meet with clients, and are not in an artistic industry, then you should not wear jeans. It is unprofessional, and rude to your clients.
Your clients are paying you big bucks, and you should respect that.
 
 
RAHIM JAFFER
NewBee
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Jeans would be considered standard in one situation alone - selling Queen St W lofts to hipsters. Get real guys!
 
 
CONDO CHICKS
Buzzer
reply 48 vote 3
 
 
Wow- a lot more negaitivey geared towards jean wearing agents then I thought. So Rahim, if your agent showed up in jeans, would you be turned off?
 
 
CONDO CHICKS
Buzzer
reply 48 vote 3
 
 
Negativity!
 
 
STEPHEN DOSTAL
NewBee
reply 4
 
 
Get real? not all people see someone wearing a suit as professional only, you would think appearance isn't selling your services, that your know ledge is....that's real
 
 
MARCO DIFOTI
Senior Buzzer
reply 527 vote 31
 
 
^^ I wouldn't take a lawyer seriously if he showed up to a meeting, or court, in jeans. I wouldn't take a flight-attendant seriously if they were on a plane in jeans. And, I wouldn't take any professional seriously if they were not in dress-pants and a dress-shirt. Maybe I am just old-hat like that.
 
 
COREY YUEN
NewBee
reply 1
 
 
To say wearing jeans is rude is crazy. Sure, jeans is labeled as your lazy sunday mowing the lawn uniform but if your jeans are dark and aren't shouting brands labels every where then I feel it is appropriate.
If you are un-sure how your client will react then on your first showing wear the suit, get a feel of your client, maybe they don't mr.wallstreet and want somehing more fun and playful.
If you aren't sure how to dress a jean up for profeSsional interactions pick up a GQ. They'll teach you how to look cool but still appropriate for business.
 
 
LEONARD THE BEE
Buzzer
reply 161 vote 3
 
 
Thanks to Bob Duff for this amazing and hilarious quote from Twitter:
Bob Duff said:
As long as there are pants involved, I believe that is the key. No pants = no sale.

Source: www.twitter.com/asktheduffer
And, an interesting comment from Cory Yuen, who is on a Blackberry at the moment, so can't comment in the forum:
Cory Yen said:
jeans, but must be dark. Jeans are professional if worn properly!

Source: www.twitter.com/Corey_Ographer
 
 
MATTHEW SLUTSKY
Senior Buzzer
reply 2200 vote 127
 
 
I am not a Realtor, but around the BuzzBuzzHome offices I am traditionally in a t-shirt and jeans. We have a creative and laid back workplace.
However, on days that I have meetings (most days) I try to wear slacks and a dress-shirt, or jeans and a t-shirt. I do not think that I would ever show up to a meeting, especially a client-meeting, in a t-shirt.
I agree that you should always look professional for your clients, but it also depends on the type of work you do and who your clients are.
 
 
CHRIS DULABA
Buzzer
reply 73 vote 5
 
 
I think that wearing jeans as a professional is totally acceptable. However, it all depends on what other clothing accessories are used in combination. Essentially, you have to 'dress' it up in order to pull it off wearing jeans in a professional setting.
 
 
ROY BHANDARI
BabbleBee
reply 492 vote 42
 
 
Most who know me know that I'm VERY pro-suit. If I'm meeting a friend for a big mac, I'll show up in a suit (I might drop the tie in that situation).
I do think that the way you dress sends a message of your professionalism. I personally feel uncomfortable meeting with clients (no matter how close we are) in jeans. Like someone said above, if I met a lawyer or a financial advisor and they were wearing jeans, it does send a message. I am also pretty young for someone in my position (mid-20's), and for someone who spends his days telling people twice my age how to invest their money, they have to feel comfortable with me as a professional. I think if I wore jeans, I would add to the young image.
Having said that, I'm not against it to the point where I would avoid agents who decide to dress down. Two of my favourite agents wear jeans when with clients - but again, it's figuring out your level of comfort with the client. Dark jeans, shirt and a blazer is still smart but not as professional as a full blown suit.
I have been told sometimes when my clients meet me on a Sunday, for example, they feel uncomfortable when I wear a suit because they feel as though they are taking me out of my way moreso on a "day off" (whatever that is...). Again, on a Sunday, and if I'm feeling crazy I might drop the tie.
We have agents who show up in the office in sweat pants. I'm not being funny, but I sometimes wonder what they're thinking. Our office is located in a plaza and we do get walk in clients - what if a client walked in and asked to speak to an agent and Mr. Sweats was the only person here?
 
 
AL DAIMEE
NewBee
reply 6
 
 
I used to wear dress pants when I started out, but I was always cogniscent of how most of my clients were in their mid-20s/30s and preferred a more casual, but professional, approach to attire. One client flat out said that if I showed up in a suit, he wouldn't have wanted me as his agent. I even changed my personal business pics to drop the suit and go with a dress shirt/blazer/dress pants and it has received much better response than my original "uber-professional" look.

Now I mostly wear jeans and it doesn't seem to bother my clientele. They often wear jeans themselves and I have learned long ago that you should match your clientele's dress code (to a minimum threshold, of course) because it makes them feel a stronger connection that you are on the same socio-economic level. If you are dealing with a Bay St. lawyer, stockbroker, etc., then yes, put on a suit, or at least a shirt and tie. To date, I have never had anyone tell me they thought my attire was a deterrent in doing business with me.

Just because a client or agent dresses down doesn't mean they are a bum. To add to this, there was discussion about the kind of car you drive. Most agents drive MBs and BMWs, so that should tell a client that you are choosing a casual approach on purpose, since you do care about the vehicle you show up in.
 
 
AMAR PAL
Buzzer
reply 98 vote 7
 
 
Well put Al. Depends on your clients; it's all about relating to them.
Wearing a suit all the time just cause lawyers and other professionals do, is the wrong motivation. It's what your clients will be most comfortable with that matters, not what other professions do.
Your age/style & the age/style of your clients needs to be considered when picking pants in the morning.
 
 
MATTHEW SLUTSKY
Senior Buzzer
reply 2200 vote 127
 
 
FYI: To all those coming to Thirsty Tuesday tonight, I will be wearing jean!!!!
 
 
MATT GOULART
Buzzer
reply 22
 
 
Roy said:
Most who know me know that I'm VERY pro-suit. If I'm meeting a friend for a big mac, I'll show up in a suit (I might drop the tie in that situation).

You are always in a suit! I can't remember a time when i haven't seen you in a suit.
Jeans, T-Shirt and a nice blazer I think is acceptable.
 
 
MOO STASH
BabbleBee
reply 297 vote 18
 
 
Jeans can be very fashionable. As it was mentioned above, I wouldn't want my lawyer going to court fighting for my freedom in them, but for showing a house, why not? They look good and are cool.
 
 
MARCO DIFOTI
Senior Buzzer
reply 527 vote 31
 
 
^^You wouldn't want your lawyer dealing on your behalf in jeans, but you would let someone negotiate (possibly) the largest investment of your life in jeans? I still don't see the difference.
 
 
SAMPAN
Buzzer
reply 33 vote 1
 
 
jeans or not, sometimes it's not your decision. it's more a perception or expectation of what your clients want you to dress like. wearing jeans with shirt/suit on the top looks fine for sure. but some clients wont think so, they would think you're not professional. again, professional or not doesn't depend on what you dress, what you carry. it's more about your knowledge and service you provide to your clients. if your clients are open-minded, everything's fine.
 
 
EDWARD KOVARSKI
NewBee
reply 4 vote 1
 
 
Guys and Gals,
Too much emphasis is being placed on artificial appearances... Again, target your demographics. If in doubt, dress up, but if you see your clients being very casual, dress down next time. Its all about making people comfortable and at the end of the day delivering results.
I should also add, be yourself, as doing something which isn't you will make for awkwardness unless you are good at playing roles... Nothing worse than meeting an individual who isn't comfortable, whether it is due to the choice of clothes, cars, accessories, shoes, etc. I fully believe that when you start compromising on who you are that nothing good can come of it.
Be presentable, bring a smile, put your mobile on vibrate and don't constantly answer it unless it is an emergency and leave your troubles at home and listen to the customer...
 
 
BRIAN PERSAUD
BabbleBee
reply 280 vote 16
 
 
Condo Chicks said:
WIth jeans being used as a trendy fashion piece of a late, it's not uncommon to see Realtor's dressing their jeans up as their "work" wardrobe. Again, like the whole vehicle debate, I'm on the line with this one. I always make note when I see a Realtor dressed up on showings. It shows that even though they are not in a typcial office situation daily, they still take care of their appearence to reflect a business image. However, I have had clients noteto me that they like the casual approach to wardrobe while showing. Again, I'm sure there will be a difference of opinion regarding wearing jeans in the real estate industry. I'm curious to see what everyone thinks!

Realtors have tarnished their brand with lack of professionalism some have displayed. Casual Fridays are dead.
 
 
MARCO DIFOTI
Senior Buzzer
reply 527 vote 31
 
 
Brian said:
Realtors have tarnished their brand with lack of professionalism some have displayed. Casual Fridays are dead.

Couldn't agree more.
In downtown Toronto some of them are paid more than lawyers, and they look like they just rolled out of bed.
You are trusting a Realtor with somewhere between $400,000 to over a million bucks. This person stands to make a fortune, and represents you on the transaction. Act the part.
 
 
STEPHEN DOSTAL
NewBee
reply 4
 
 
sampan said:
jeans or not, sometimes it's not your decision. it's more a perception or expectation of what your clients want you to dress like. wearing jeans with shirt/suit on the top looks fine for sure. but some clients wont think so, they would think you're not professional. again, professional or not doesn't depend on what you dress, what you carry. it's more about your knowledge and service you provide to your clients. if your clients are open-minded, everything's fine.


thats what i said above, your knowledge is what should sell your services not your suit!!
 
 
DUSTIN LONGPRE
Buzzer
reply 31 vote 4
 
 
It all goes back to "know your client". Any realtor who takes the time to get to know me knows I'd likely be more comfortable with them showing up in jeans and a nice shirt then in a suit. I'm a casual kind of guy. I keep a casual relationship with my realtor and my mortgage broker as well. These guys get me and always dress accordingly. If they show up in a suit it's often because they have other business going on that day that they need to dress up for.
 
 
BRIAN PERSAUD
BabbleBee
reply 280 vote 16
 
 
Stephen said:
sampan said:
jeans or not, sometimes it's not your decision. it's more a perception or expectation of what your clients want you to dress like. wearing jeans with shirt/suit on the top looks fine for sure. but some clients wont think so, they would think you're not professional. again, professional or not doesn't depend on what you dress, what you carry. it's more about your knowledge and service you provide to your clients. if your clients are open-minded, everything's fine.


thats what i said above, your knowledge is what should sell your services not your suit!!

What if you are in a negotiation with an agent in jeans and a sweater? How would you feel about the way he represents his client. Probably a lot lower than an agent who is prepared to do business and looks the part. It does matter
 
 
ROY BHANDARI
BabbleBee
reply 492 vote 42
 
 
Brian said:
Realtors have tarnished their brand with lack of professionalism some have displayed. Casual Fridays are dead.

+1
 
 
MANNY RIEBELING
Buzzer
reply 30
 
 
But, jeans are way better than wearing shorts and sandals, I remember showing a property last summer and the Seller's agent was in "beach mode", I just can't help to stop thinking about that lack of professional image.
 
 
MICHAEL WINESTONE
Buzzer
reply 52 vote 3
 
 
When I started in the business, I was suit and tie every day. That was until my clients started getting a little uncomfortable with the fact that they were so dressed down and I was so dressed up for showings. So, I toned it down a bit and now I attend showings in Jeans and a nice golf shirt or casual dress shirt. Still professional, but on a more down to earth level. My business still grows nicely and my referrals keep coming in regardless of the jeans. I do tend to wear dressy clothes to listing presentations though for the formality.
It's not what you wear, it's about your ethics, knowledge, attitude and caring about your clients.
Look clean, smell clean and you'll do just fine in this business.

Michael
 
 
MARK SAVEL
Buzzer
reply 142 vote 26
 
 
So here's how I see it... A mixture of both is the way to go. Jeans have come a long way from the good ol blue Levis days.Today, they aren't just reserved for punk rockers or hipsters. The cut, colour and fit are all factors as I'm sure none of us would dare do a showing in "marc ecko baggy jeans". A fitted, preferably dark coloured paired are suggested. I have a thing (read ADD) where I try to always keep my shoes super clean. If I can't see my reflection in them, I feel like a "pooputts" and nooooooooooobody wants to be a pooputts - http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=poo%20putt
To say image doesn't matter is foolish. Of course it does! It's only natural to judge based on what we see (unless you're negotiating with the Dali Lama). I'm not big on wearing a 3 piece, but for "vip" condo events and offer presentations, I almost always wear a suit. Especially if I don't have a long history with the Realtor on the other side...I want to make the best impression in the shortest amount of time.
With clients, it's an on going process of relationship building and my style is based on a no pressure approach. I find dressing stylishly in jeans, coupled with a button up/blazer/vest etc helps achieve this. I totally agree with the commenter who said dress to match you're client!
My lawyer and mortgage broker both wear jeans often and all have been phenomenal in offering educated and professional service to my clients!
In short - Jeans, yes!
Your jean wearing professional,
Mark
 
 
BRIAN ELIZABETH
Buzzer
reply 164 vote 7
 
 
I totally agree with Mark, it 100% depends on what cut and colour of jeans you are wearing. Slim, dark jeans and a blazer is very fashionable, and can mean business.
Mark also brought up an interesting point, where everyone in this discussion is talking about 'clients', I think the dress-code has more to do with your 'opponent'. If you are negotiating, or at an offer presentation, you want to intimidate the other side a bit and a nice suit can help do just that!
I still do not understand what a pooputt is.
 
 
MARK SAVEL
Buzzer
reply 142 vote 26
 
 
Brian said:

I still do not understand what a pooputt is.

LOL just trust me on this one...you neeeeeever want to be a poo putts. It's a slang me and my friends use when describing someone with dirty shoes.
 
 
EDWARD KOVARSKI
NewBee
reply 4 vote 1
 
 
Brian said:

Mark also brought up an interesting point, where everyone in this discussion is talking about 'clients', I think the dress-code has more to do with your 'opponent'. If you are negotiating, or at an offer presentation, you want to intimidate the other side a bit and a nice suit can help do just that!

Unless you are coming in a custom fitted vicuna wool suit, I don't think the suit alone will intimidate many. Remember that your body language tends to be key in negotiations... I think too many people's mindset is still set in the old days when a suit had an authoritative air and when you put on a suit your posture, attitude and behaviour changed. Today you can still exude confidence and dress to impress without the three piece.
 
 
MARK SAVEL
Buzzer
reply 142 vote 26
 
 
according to http://elitechoice.org/2009/03/01/worlds-most-expensive-suit-made-of-vicuna-wool/ A Vicuna is an Andean animal that is shy and timid... now I totally get AND agree with the "exuding confidence without the three piece", but i'd like to direct your attention to one small fact that should settle this debate one and for all... Chuck Norris wears actions jeans and so should so I.

#highkick

http://cutebabyfix.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/chuck-norris-jeans.jpg
 
 
MATTHEW SLUTSKY
Senior Buzzer
reply 2200 vote 127
 
 
^^ Lucy, you have some explaining to do!
There has been talk on the forum, and on Twitter, of Mark's (directly above) excellent choice in jeans, and how his stylings are acceptable for a Realtor, and showings. Until today, I have agreed.
However, breaking news, over the evening Mark posted a picture to Twitter showing the two different socks that he was wearing yesterday. Not such a big deal. BUT, check out those frayed jeans!!
Check it: http://yfrog.com/h8azxdkj
 
 
LORENA ROMANO
Buzzer
reply 22 vote 2
 
 
Mark said:
......... I'm not big on wearing a 3 piece, but for "vip" condo events and offer presentations, I almost always wear a suit. Especially if I don't have a long history with the Realtor on the other side...I want to make the best impression in the shortest amount of time.

With clients, it's an on going process of relationship building and my style is based on a no pressure approach. I find dressing stylishly in jeans, coupled with a button up/blazer/vest etc helps achieve this. I totally agree with the commenter who said dress to match you're client!


I agree with Mark and all others who have mentioned that dressing to your intended market is what matters. I have noticed that the majority of those who have commented are males. Being a female, I do feel that you can perhaps get away with more. Jeans with a nice dressed up blouse followed with a a nice pair of high heeled shoes can look trendy, nice and professional.

On a personal level, I still do not feel all that comfortable wearing jeans when first meeting with a client, going on showings or when it comes to presenting an offer. However, if I am just running into the office quickly to finish up on paperwork, I will at times wear jeans. Other times, It just comes down to what I feel most comfortable wearing. If you are all dressed up in a ballgown or a suit but aren't comfortable wearing this attire, it will ultimately come out in the way you act with your clients. You may seem a little uneasy or come off not as genuine, because you are trying to portray an image that may not necessarily suit you.

In the end, the way you present yourself is what is important in our business. If we know our clients and understand that a shirt and tie or designer suit can make them feel uneasy, then I would suggest to take a low-key approach. I find that with my targeted market, who are often first time home buyers or young families, smart casual is the best approach and yes this sometimes means jeans.

In short, wear what you feel comfortable in. Dress to impress, whether it is a smart casual approach or a dressier approach but make sure that this approach goes with your style and who you are. Just make sure you don't look sloppy!! I recently read a quote from Zig Ziglar that I liked, it read ' You can’t climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.'
 
 
ROY BHANDARI
BabbleBee
reply 492 vote 42
 
 
Matthew said:
However, breaking news, over the evening Mark posted a picture to Twitter showing the two different socks that he was wearing yesterday. Not such a big deal. BUT, check out those frayed jeans!!
Check it: http://yfrog.com/h8azxdkj

Hahahaha!! Great catch. I'd also suggest those jeans are a couple shades lighter than the acceptable shade?
 
 
AMIT BHANDARI
Buzzer
reply 162 vote 12
 
 
Surely nothing beats a suit and a nice pair of shoes. Nothing makes you feel like "I'm ready for business" more than a suit does, surely?
Really loving the grey suit / brown shoe / brown belt combo nowadays ;-)
 
 
AMIT BHANDARI
Buzzer
reply 162 vote 12
 
 
OH btw, socks SHOULD match the color of your...TROUSERS. Yes, TROUSERS!
 
 
MATTHEW SLUTSKY
Senior Buzzer
reply 2200 vote 127
 
 
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Amit said:
Surely nothing beats a suit and a nice pair of shoes. Nothing makes you feel like "I'm ready for business" more than a suit does, surely?
Really loving the grey suit / brown shoe / brown belt combo nowadays ;-)

Actually, nothing gets me better prepared for a busy day then putting on a nice watch.
 
 
AMIT BHANDARI
Buzzer
reply 162 vote 12
 
 
Matthew said:
Amit said:
Surely nothing beats a suit and a nice pair of shoes. Nothing makes you feel like "I'm ready for business" more than a suit does, surely?
Really loving the grey suit / brown shoe / brown belt combo nowadays ;-)

Actually, nothing gets me better prepared for a busy day then putting on a nice watch.

Interesting! Which watch(es) do you own?
 
 
CONDO CHICKS
Buzzer
reply 48 vote 3
 
 
I'm with Matt, a nice watch completes the look- even in jeans. :-)
 
 
TOMAS WILLIAMS
NewBee
reply 2
 
 
I think it really depends on the client. For the most part I wear a nice pair of well fitted dark jeans with black loafers and a dress shirt. And I think it looks rather appropriate. Sometimes I'll throw on a pair of nice chinos or 'proper' dress pants if the occasion and client warrants it.
If you look good and you meet your audiences expectations then it's all good.
 
 
GRACECONDOS
Buzzer
reply 53 vote 4
 
 
3
Amit said:
OH btw, socks SHOULD match the color of your...TROUSERS. Yes, TROUSERS!

I actually prefer it when my socks don't match my trousers... :)
 
 
CARY CHAPNICK
Buzzer
reply 117 vote 13
 
 
I run a small brokerage and have been in the resale game for 12 years. I sell a fair number of million dollar homes including 2 in Forest Hill North. My client base includes bankers, surgeons and lawyers.
i have been told numerous times by clients who earn a boatload more money than me that they do not like it when i show up in a suit. The house buying process is casual and relaxed and takes places after work hours for tons. I was even told by a client who earns upwards of $500K annually and bought a $2+mil house that if i showed up looking formal or in a tie that i would lose his business.
Most of the time I wear jeans and a nice pair of shoes with some sort of collared or button down shirt. House hunting isnt high finance or 9 to 5 banking and the response i have had in 12 years is smart casual doesnt offend or bother most clients.
I dont think there is any rule though suit or no suit but i've found in the carraige trade tha i work that the suit is frowned upon.
The clients say that I am not a lawyer or banker and that dressing formal is overdressing for the trade and scope of work.
this could be debated obviously for hours.
 
 
CARY CHAPNICK
Buzzer
reply 117 vote 13
 
 
I think the bottom line is understanding your clients and their expectations.
If the situation calls for me to crack out my 3pc zenja custom suit then I bring it but
More and more I'm finding a lot of clients are comfortable with the smart casual.
All commercial deals and showings i do seem to be all suit all the time!
 
 
CONDO CHRIS
Buzzer
reply 99 vote 51
 
 
Wear whatever you like to wear. I personally think there is nothing funnier than some dude standing outside in the snow looking at a septic tank or in a basement at an electrical panel wearing a polyester suit and a pair of shiny loafers trying to look "professional" .... Jeans, T-shirts and tattoos for me all the way... If my clients don't like it they have 33000 other realtors to choose from...
 
 
ALLEN
Buzzer
reply 178 vote 51
 
 
I think a cheap tired suit is much worse than nice jeans.
Jeans with a dress shirt and jacket is appropriate and not uncommon in the real estate profession these days. You don't want to look too stuffy or pretensious. I think you could go a little more casual on weekends, but no t-shirts.
Looking respectable, current and approachable is key in dealing with buyers and sellers.

As in any profession dressing appropriately for the occasion or situation is a must.

Lawyers, accountants, business executives, etc. don't really fall in the same category, IMO, as they work in an office or government setting and practicing a different kind of service.
 
 
CONDO CHRIS
Buzzer
reply 99 vote 51
 
 
The paradigm is changing. Wearing a suit doesn't necessarily mean you are a professional nowadays. In fact, I would suggest that a lot of the mainstream (the 99%ers?) have developed a mistrust of men in suits, thats why they ask their realtors to "dress down" for showings.
I know guys who wear suits and look great in them, AND love wearing them, and I respect that; But then I see them out at the grocery store with their jogging pants on and it ruins the whole image for me. I have also been in very high-level investment meetings where I walked in with a suit and the priciples came in wearing diesel jeans and sneakers and I felt like a moron and wished I had just worn what I like to wear and been myself instead of portraying an image.
I basically wear the same thing whether I'm on a date, or at the grocery store, or at a showing. If I run into clients on the street I look the same as I always do - and I find my clients appreciate that - even my super corporate/conservative type clients...
 
 
DENNIS ALLCOCK
NewBee
reply 1
 
 
I don't see how a pair of jeans if dressed up right will base a client's decision. Especially in this trendy day and age...how about you worry more on your client's specific needs then if your jeans are boot cut or straight leg for a showing.
Also a power suit might even intimidate your client.
And last I checked @Marco lawyers, or flight attendants aren't Realtors...so why compare a different industry standard to this industry. Have fun wearing a suit in the scorching heat this summer!
 
 
JOEL HURREN
BuzzStaff
reply 93 vote 11
 
 
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The verdict is out, folks. Fredrik Eklund says "never!"
 
 
MAXWELL SCHWARTZ
Buzzer
reply 48 vote 4
 
 
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A nice pair of Jeans these days will run you about $265. Not to say that price alone dictates whether or not certain apparel is acceptable in certain situations, however, in my opinion jeans are only considered casual when they are "casual" jeans. Loose fitting, washed out, ripped, or really anything with any kind of "jazziness" is not professional. Similarly if everyone else in your business meeting is wearing slacks...well that's a pretty powerful cue. If you are a realtor, in almost all situations you can get away with wearing a nice pair of jeans, dress shirt, and sport jacket and not feel as though people are thinking "what the hell is this bum wearing."

Let's just throw it back for a second. In 1885, jeans could be bought in the US for $1.50 (approximately $36 in 2010). They were a sturdy fabric that was favored by factory workers and this is why they carry a stigma of casualness. However, by the 1980's big time fashion designers started producing their own line up of denim products and prices went through the roof. Since then, the stigma has been pretty much obliterated and as the older generations are replaced with younger people in the work force, slacks will be reserved for only very formal occasions.

Can realtors wear jeans to showings? Absolutely. Jeans and a t-shit? No. Just like we dress up ourselves, we similarly have to dress up our jeans.
 
 
ANDREW LAFLEUR
Buzzer
reply 111 vote 32
 
 
$265 for a pair of jeans? Dang, I'm in the wrong business!
 
 
MARK SAVEL
Buzzer
reply 142 vote 26
 
 
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booty shorts and backpacks... I mean, golf shorts and murses if done right!
 
 
CONDO CHRIS
Buzzer
reply 99 vote 51
 
 
I can think of a few Realtors I wouldn't mind seeing in booty shorts...
 
 
MARK SAVEL
Buzzer
reply 142 vote 26
 
 
oh Chris, you dog, you!
 
 
ALLEN
Buzzer
reply 178 vote 51
 
 
I don't think it's a matter of how much you spend on clothes, or whether you wear a 3-piece suit or just jeans and a button down shirt, it's how you put it together and present yourself. I have seen people who could pull off wearing jeans to a formal event and still not look out of place.

One time I remember seeing a realtor wearing a rather flashy expensive suit, a huge diamond studded watch and a couple other large pieces of jewellry. He looked very sleazy and I think untrustworthy.
 
 
CONDO CHRIS
Buzzer
reply 99 vote 51
 
 
You hit the nail on the head Mr Savel! I've been trying to come up with a polite way to say just that...
 
 
ADAM
NewBee
reply 2
 
 
i'm impressed that optics are so important to people... i get that people should look 'professional' but like art, fashion is in the eye of the beholder and doesn't not have a defined method of measureing.

me, personally, i care more about results then optics.  a bad professional in a suite, is still a bad professional.
 
 
AMAR PAL
Buzzer
reply 98 vote 7
 
 
You can never be overdressed or over educated.

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