For years, Realtors have banded together and traveled to their new listings in caravans in an effort to market their listings to other agents. This was considered a valuable tool, and it impressed the sellers. In fact, sellers began to expect a caravan of Realtors to show up at their home within a few days of their homes being listed. The leader, or coordinator, of the caravan was known as the â€œWagon Master.â€ Why is this so? I ponder. Historically speaking, caravans originated in the Middle East to travel across the desert. They used camels instead of wagons.
Our new world version is known as Wagon Trains â€” conestogas and prairie schooners were used to travel. So, shouldnâ€™t our real estate caravans be referred to as wagon trains? Or, perhaps our wagon masters should be called Master Camel Riders? Itâ€™s all a moot point now, of course.
In todayâ€™s world, most real estate â€œCaravansâ€ meet at a local restaurant, with the agents sharing information about their new listings over breakfast. And, nowadays, the journey is mostly done on the information super highway. Even now, however, the leader of the group is still called â€œThe Wagon Masterâ€. Hmmmmâ€¦