Miami Beach Real Estate Agent Kevin Tomlinson
Real Estate Style Has A New [Web]Address
An Interview with Kevin Tomlinson
"I probably lose as much business as I gain because I tell the truth. It may not be what a client wants to hear initially, but in the end, everyone benefits when a spade is called a spade. Ultimately, I gain more trust and respect this way, and that means a lot to me."
Scroll down to read a short question and answer with Miami Beach Real Estate Agent Kevin Tomlinson
Q: WHOA, KEV, THIS SITE IS SO CONTENT-RICH I'll NEED A WEEK AND A RED BULL I.V. TO GET THROUGH IT ALL! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?
A: Trust me if I had known the depth of what I was undertaking with this site when I first started building it, I probably would have run the other direction. But, I've always said, if I'm going to do it, I want to do it right by sparing no expense and creating a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge that's easy to navigate. This way, the local real estate junkie can get his daily fix, and the first-time buyer across the globe all the info he needs to take the next step.
Q: SO YOU'VE GOT A MEGA-LIBRARY SITE. COOL DESIGN, TOO. IS IT ENOUGH TO DISTINGUISH YOU AS A TOP NOTCH MIAMI BEACH REALTOR WITH THE OTHER THREE ZILLION MIAMI REALTORS?
A: Since more than 70 percent of real estate transactions begin on the web, and because of the competitive nature of this business, I think a less comprehensive site would put my buyers, sellers and me at a disadvantage. Beyond the intense knowledge of the market and the industry that I've imparted here, I think clients appreciate my no-nonsense approach and forthrightness about the potential of their purchase or sale.
Q: WHAT MAKES YOU YOU?
A: Some find my tell-it-like-it-is policy a little shocking at times, but, I'm told, also a refreshing change of pace. It seems luxury real estate clients are more accustomed to being romanced with a big dog and pony show. I don't enjoy "selling" per se, or being sold to, so I treat my clients with the same courtesy. This Miami Beach Realtor is laid back, and I try to make it enjoyable for everyone by breaking the typical "salesman" stereotypes. Otherwise, the potential is always there to have a less than pleasant experience.
Q: IN SPITE OF YOUR CASUAL APPROACH, YOU'VE CONSISTENTLY PERFORMED AT THE VERY TOP OF YOUR INDUSTRY NATIONALLY. WHAT ELSE CONTRIBUTES TO THAT?
A: I feel it's also because I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty. I have great resources and support behind me, but I personally work with my clients every step of the way, and make myself available. Clients seem to take comfort in these facts. With me, what you see is what you get. I aim to show humility, sincerity and a positive mindset.
Q: I HEAR YOU'RE A BIT OF A PERFECTIONIST. TRUE OR FALSE?
A: I don't tolerate mediocrity well - for my clients or myself. Style, in general, really matters to me on several levels, but it's nothing without the substance and results I can deliver to back it up.
Q: SO, IS THIS THE WAY YOU ALWAYS DRESS FOR YOUR APPOINTMENTS?
A: The fast pace of my business has me constantly on the move, so casual dress allows me to keep up with it, especially in the heat of the summer. To look at me, who would guess correctly about my level of success as a Miami Beach Realtor? I even surprise myself sometimes. To make my clients comfortable, I need to be comfortable and unpretentious. Though I could, I'm not one to pull up in a Mercedes with a Prada suit.