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May 15, 2019

Bean Group New Agent Orientation: May 2019

Bean Group New Agent Orientation: May 2019

We had a great turn out for May’s New Agent Orientation session yesterday at our Portsmouth, NH headquarters!

We are pleased to welcome Scott AdlerDon NasonThomas LePageBill KibbyPete ShoreySean KerwinJim SicklerBob KeatingLaura DionneShelley Labrie, and Diane Kelly to the Bean Group family!

May 14, 2019

Q&A with Top Performing Real Estate Agent David Marsden

Q&A with Top Performing Real Estate Agent David Marsden

We recently sat down with one of Bean Group’s top performing agents, David Marsden, and asked him some questions about his experience working in the real estate business.

How long have you been in the real estate industry?:
16 years.

What did you do before becoming an agent?:
Restaurant management and adventure tour guide.

Why did you choose a career in real estate?:
I bought my first investment property in my late 20’s and I was fascinated by the process. If the bank was dumb enough to loan me money, I was naive enough to sign anything they put in front of me! I saw an opportunity and wanted to learn more.

What is your favorite thing about the industry?:
Every day is different and I enjoy finding creative solutions for complex problems.

What attracted you to Bean Group?:
Bringing a Bean Group office to Portland, Maine and BG’s clean branding.

What areas do you service, and how do you know the region?:
We work in Greater Portland, focusing on Portland proper, but sometimes travel as far north as Freeport and south as Wells. I’ve lived and worked in Portland for the last 30+ years!

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment (personal or professional)?:
My daughter, Olivia.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies and/or what do you do for fun?:
Playing in the outdoors – windsurfing, paddle boarding, skiing, and traveling.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen during your career in real estate?:
I see weird stuff every day – that’s what keeps this job fun!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in the business?:
Life/work balance.

What’s the latest strategy that you’ve added to your business?:
Professional coaching and trying to leverage outside resources.

How many hours a day do you work?:
I try to put my phone down after 8pm, but if my eyes are open, I could be working.

What’s a challenge that you’ve faced in real estate that you didn’t expect?:
Life balance – lots of people get into the industry expecting a flexible schedule. This job requires a significant time commitment to be successful.

Looking back, is there anything you could have done differently to attain success in real estate sooner?:
Understanding that you can’t do it all. Hiring talent, building a small team, and learning to trust the process.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out in real estate?:
Don’t do it – otherwise, we will have to CRUSH you! 

May 6, 2019

Q&A with Top Performing Real Estate Agent Joe Leddy

Q&A with Top Performing Real Estate Agent Joe Leddy

We recently sat down with one of Bean Group’s top performing agents, Joe Leddy, and asked him about his experience working in the real estate business.

How long have you been in the real estate industry?:
14 years

What did you do before becoming an agent?:
Staffing and recruiting, management, sales training.

Why did you choose a career in real estate?:
I’ve always been interested in real estate and liked the flexibility, no financial ceiling, and the freedom it offered along with working for myself.

What is your favorite thing about the industry?:
Helping buyers and sellers get what they want and getting them to the finish line satisfied and happy.

What attracted you to Bean Group?:
Michael’s rugged good looks and Adam’s flowing auburn hair.

What areas do you service, and how do you know the region?:
The Seacoast area of southern NH and ME. I grew up in the area and moved to Boston for college and returned several years later because I love the area.

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?:
Raising 3 children and having a successful career in real estate. When I first met Michael Bean there was only Julie and Adam with the company. I saw Michael’s vision and knew it was a winner so I joined the team. I had a 2-year-old daughter at home and my wife was pregnant with twin boys. “Hmm, let’s take a job with no benefits and 100% commission.” That sounds like a good idea! It all paid off though. It’s amazing what you’re capable of when you have no choice but to succeed.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies and/or what do you do for fun?:
I love spending time with my family and friends on the boat, by the pool, skiing, or on the golf course.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen during your career in real estate?:
To find my seller passed out drunk on the couch when I came in for a showing. I had no idea I had the strength to move his 6’6” lifeless body to the master bedroom… and the showing happened! Needless to say, the buyers were unable to view the master bedroom that day.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in the business?:
Difficult and unappreciative clients.

What’s the latest strategy that you’ve added to your business?:
Exploring more lead generating options as well as expanding my reach and contact with my current client base and sphere of influence. I am also more selective with whom I do business to avoid the challenges of difficult and unappreciative clients.

How many hours a day do you work?:
I have no idea but I’m sure it’s too many.

What’s a challenge that you’ve faced in real estate that you didn’t expect?:
I’ve learned in real estate to expect the unexpected. Not much surprises me anymore.

Looking back, is there anything you could have done differently to attain success in real estate sooner?:
Started sooner.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out in real estate?:
Buckle up. It’s hard work making it look easy.

April 29, 2019

Q&A with Real Estate Agent Barbara Dunkle from BG’s Portsmouth, NH Office

Q&A with Real Estate Agent Barbara Dunkle from BG’s Portsmouth, NH Office

We recently sat down with one of Bean Group’s top performing agents, Barbara Dunkle, and asked her about her experience working in the real estate business.

How long have you been in the real estate industry?:
I was first licensed in 1985 when I lived in Michigan.

What did you do before becoming an agent?:
I actually can’t remember a time when I wasn’t involved in real estate. It’s my passion.

Why did you choose a career in real estate?:
Initially, I was intrigued with real estate because I loved seeing beautiful homes, but later my fascination evolved to the psychology of the business.

What is your favorite thing about the industry?:
My favorite thing about real estate is the sense of accomplishment I feel after each transaction.

What attracted you to Bean Group?:
I came to Bean Group because Michael Bean is a visionary and forward-thinking.

What areas do you service, and how do you know the region?:
When I moved here, I lived in North Hampton and later moved to Rye, and now I reside in New Castle. Portsmouth and its surrounding towns in the Seacoast became my focus after living in these various locations.

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?:
I am recognized as a luxury realtor in the seacoast based on my reputation, discretion, experience, and ability to work with clients and understand their needs.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies and/or what do you do for fun?:
In my free time, I love to experiment with plant-based recipes, garden in my yard, and practice gyrotonics.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen during your career in real estate?:
Unusual is a relative term and I have certainly seen it all!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in the business?:
The greatest challenge I have faced is dealing with inexperienced and dishonest agents.

What’s the latest strategy that you’ve added to your business?:
My strategy is and always has been to invest in my product and service.

How many hours a day do you work?:
With today’s technology, I find myself working my own schedule, which means some days are more demanding than others.

What’s a challenge that you’ve faced in real estate that you didn’t expect?:
I am constantly disappointed by the lack of professionalism and dishonesty with other agents.

Looking back, is there anything you could have done differently to attain success in real estate sooner?:
There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. I am successful today because of the challenges I faced along the way.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out in real estate?:
Be sure to get properly trained and find a seasoned agent to mentor you.

April 22, 2019

Bean Group’s Top Agent Performers: Q1 2019

Bean Group’s Top Agent Performers: Q1 2019

We are pleased to announce Bean Group’s top performers for the first quarter of 2019! The agents listed below are the top performers in the following categories:

  • Top 15 by Transactions
  • Top 15 by Sales Volume
  • Top 5 by State (Transactions) 

Congratulations to all of our top performers for Q1 2019! Well done!

1. Barbara Dunkle ($13,192,500)
2. Jamieson Duston ($11,799,330)
3. Janna Syrene ($8,177,269)
4. Terri Maffeo ($7,272,000)
5. David Marsden ($7,161,500)
6. Sue Meservier ($5,458,300)
7. Erickson Croteau Team ($4,228,421)
8. Marianna Vis ($4,094,000)
9. Edward Herczeg ($3,375,000)
10. Matthew Cabana ($3,370,110)
11. Kathleen Glass ($3,044,530)
12. Jennifer Lawrence ($3,042,475)
13. Joe Leddy ($2,909,900)
14. Bridget Hayward ($2,897,150)
15. Brad Boisvert ($2,840,000)

1. Sue Meservier (31)
2. Janna Syrene (20)
3. Kenny Jacques (15)
4. David Marsden (14)
5. Erickson Croteau Team (13)
6. Matthew Cabana (12)
7. Jennifer Lawrence (10)
8. Michael Dubois (10)
9. Kathy Glass (9)
10. Glenn Smith (9)
11. Tom Trask (9)
12. Heidi Young (9)
13. Monet Brazier (9)
14. Mark Floor (9)
15. Michael Gagne (9)

1. Matthew Cabana
2. Jennifer Lawrence
3. Glenn Smith
4. Kathy Glass
5. Michael Gagne

1. Sue Meservier
2. Janna Syrene
3. Kenny Jacques
4. David Marsden
5. Erickson Croteau Team

1. Terri Maffeo
2. Val McGillivray
3. Siga Snipas
4. Bonnie Marie Greene
5. Vasia Kalaras

1. Seth Barbiero
2. Amy Hill
3. Betty McEnaney
4. Rachel Febbie
5. Pat DelGiorno

Q&A with Real Estate Agent Tess Keeran from Bean Group’s Bangor, ME Office

Q&A with Real Estate Agent Tess Keeran from Bean Group’s Bangor, ME Office


How long have you been in the real estate industry?:
Since 2006.

What did you do before becoming an agent?:
Retail management and international sports tour director.

Why did you choose a career in real estate?:
Someone told me when I was 20 that I should be a realtor. I did not have the confidence at that age to take something like that on. Fast forward to 2005, I had a Broker owner who was a friend tell me I needed to do it and it just happened to be the right time and I have not looked back.

What is your favorite thing about the industry?:
I don’t have one favorite thing, I have many: meeting people, creating relationships, brokering a great outcome for a client, and mentoring others who have a passion to succeed in this industry.

What attracted you to Bean Group?:
I was adopted as part of the TMREN merger and it is a very good fit for me.

What areas do you service, and how do you know the region?:
I mainly service Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. I have spent the majority of my career in the Bangor area and have a large sphere of influence. For the past 1.5 years, I have lived just outside of Greenville on Moosehead Lake and have been marketing hard, joining committees and meeting lots of new people to build my business where I now reside.

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment (personal or professional)?:
Personally: raising four beautiful children and always being available to them. Professionally: hitting the 6 figure mark.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies and/or what do you do for fun?:
Family gatherings, enjoying the beauty of Maine either by sled, ATV, or jeep – and I like to be on the water in the summer on the boat going fast (my husband says I only have 1 speed)!

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen during your career in real estate?:
Showing a property where the tenants obviously did not care as they were all lying in bed hungover and half naked… it was pretty entertaining.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in the business?:
Year-round consistency. I learned early on that when it comes to winter, you need to be like the chipmunks and pack something away for the season, as things really slow down compared to spring and fall.

What’s the latest strategy that you’ve added to your business?:
I use Biteable and create short videos that I push on Facebook to other states where I see buyers coming from.

How many hours a day do you work?:
My mind is in constant real estate mode. In the early days, it was even in my dreams.

What’s a challenge that you’ve faced in real estate that you didn’t expect?:
The crash. I had to figure out how to keep making money, so I earned my SFR® (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource) certification and searched out people in trouble. I became so good that I was called upon many times to speak in court for my clients. I also had agents from other agencies referring people to me as they did not want to take on a short sale.

Looking back, is there anything you could have done differently to attain success in real estate sooner?:
I was successful out the gate. I did not have a choice, I had to make money and I was never going back to working for someone else.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out in real estate?:
Do everything you are most uncomfortable with and afraid of – and then do it over and over again. Before long, you will be amazing at it. Talk to people, walk neighborhoods, and don’t be afraid to make a mistake – that is how you learn.