Joni Darmody

Keller Williams Realty-Ooltewah


Teachers make the BEST real estate agents

Joni knew from the start that to be a great real estate agent means you have to know your trade, know the process and procedure, and be the resource that every client needs.  During these past years, Joni has never stopped learning.  And her many years as a teacher means she has the patience at well as dicipline to get the job done.

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If you weren’t aware already, I am an 8th grade teacher. Three years ago I decided to add a new path into my life of being a real estate agent. Mostly I was watching first hand the joy my husband, Steve, was experiencing help clients as a real estate agent.  But then it also dawned on me that there are some hard to find traits that teachers generally have that would make becoming an agent fill like a glove. 

The ability to pass empathy and knowledge to another human being in an organized manner is a gift that a large majority of the population not only lack but cannot even truly comprehend. You work hard to pass information to your students and equip them with the necessary tools to develop into productive members of society and believe it or not, these skills translate heavily in the world of real estate.

Educating different parties, constantly learning new subjects within our respective fields, and understanding a client’s needs is at the forefront of what Realtors do. Teachers possess many of the defining qualities needed to be a successful real estate agent and are benefited beyond their gifts and skills, but also with the added bonus of a bit of flexibility within one’s schedule.


Teachers learn over the years that the key to keeping it all together is being highly organized and extremely disciplined. Real estate agents also value this principle, keeping documents secure, clients in order, and schedules maintained. Real estate is a multi-faceted industry involving buyers and sellers. The daily tasks of marketing properties, yourself, negotiating deals, and monitoring the marketplace, just to name a few, will all require a tremendous amount of planning and organization to be successful.

• Creative
• Detail Oriented
• Can Handle Multiple Tasks/Demands
• Disciplined


To name a few, Teachers can easily read and understand people, can handle difficult people, are skilled communicators, have thick skin, possess empathy and negotiation skills.  Teachers are experienced in conflict Resloution. While we would love to live in a world of ideal circumstances, we also know that life happens. Buyers and sellers are not going to always see eye to eye on everything and one of the biggest reasons your clients will hire you is to avoid the opportunity for conflict presented in closing real estate deals.

• Conflict Management & Resolution
• Negotiation & Empathy
• Thick Skin
• Can Read and Handle Difficult People


Any teacher will tell you that they give their all to their job, and not just because they get a paycheck. Being a teacher means wanting the best for those you’re educating and knowing that sometimes it takes a lot of hard work or a few extra hours. In the real estate world, this translates. “I’m in teaching for the money!” said no teacher ever!
 Let’s be honest, teachers are typically in the career because they either have a passion for kids, education, a subject, serving others, or a combination of those. Teachers serve their students on a daily basis. They have to wake up each day ready to embrace them for who they are, teach them, and help them grow along the way. A GOOD real estate agent will focus on service and the relationship versus just the commission check at closing.


Teachers learn to open up schedules, to give their students a little bit of agency, and to not always be super rigid with one single, set plan in the classroom. Just as teachers have to be willing to switch it up in order to succeed, so must real estate agents. Whether it’s a scheduling conflict or a particular household amenity, teachers know just how to pinpoint their priorities and to let their students’ (or in this case, clients’) needs lead the way.