Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: How to Communicate With Non-English Speaking Clients

How to Communicate With Non-English Speaking Clients

With JaCi out working hard yesterday (and today, she's taking two more listings for the team), I set aside time to finish reading Becoming, by Michelle Obama. She writes in part about how difficult it was for her husband to work in a Congress where bi-partisan efforts were constantly shut down. I can relate that to real estate and having to work with agents who openly dislike talking to top listing agents because the property is not their own listing. Similar. Not identical but similar.

Everybody has their own agenda.

As JaCi was driving to a listing appointment yesterday, she also received a phone call from a non-English speaking woman. She writes about that interaction today, and how she discovered new ways to communicate.

We live in such a diverse city, Sacramento; at one time in 2006, media called us the "most diverse city in America." Developing new ways to communicate is paramount. And you can read more about it our blog today at this link: More on Translation App Tricks in Real Estate.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Technology is and is continuing to become a valuable tool in all sorts of daily tasks, including language translation!  I've been studying Spanish for the last couple years because I increasingly encounter situations where it is needed.  But, just the other day I was thinking with AI and other tech gee-wizzary, it may soon become unnecessary for all this learning I'm doing.  However, it's still good for the brain!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Great post. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic rest of the weekend!

Posted by Jeremy K. Frost, Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA (Keller Williams Realty) 6 months ago

I do run to Google Translate sometimes and it's a big help. Glad to know some foreign words and little by little knowing the language as well. 

Posted by Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist (Spot Color Marketing) 6 months ago

David has a great ability to understand people who do not have English as their first language...I do not...and we sometimes do rely on translators.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

Good morning Elizabeth. I think you have scored. Your partner works and you read about it.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 6 months ago

Elizabeth, the bulk of my clients are from all over the Globe and gratefully people from China, Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia to name a few all speak and write English....Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 6 months ago

Hello Elizabeth- - -technology has made dramatic advances but is far from "perfect". There may be more hope with real estate-speak than political jargon. Maybe.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Thank you everyone for your comments. Unfortunately, I have been too busy helping an injured friend to respond to each of you but I will rectify that with my future blogs.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

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