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Agent Fashion ... in a Beach Town
Style: Casual and relaxed — almost never a suit and tie.
July 29, 2016
Gregory Burrus Green
Nags Head, N.C.
What is your niche?
Oceanfront to semi-oceanfront rental properties for out-of-state owners.
How would you describe your sense of style for work?
Very casual, laid back, and pressure-free. I don’t consider myself the typical salesperson who tries to sell something to somebody just for the sale. I want my clients to be extremely happy with their purchase to the point of sending me referrals and bragging about how happy they are.
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How does your style fit your market?
I am relaxed and content with life because I live by the sea. They say if you live near the sea, you live longer, happier, and healthier. My clients see this in me and want the same.
Does your workday wardrobe vary? How so and in what situations?
I don’t really vary my wardrobe. It represents exactly what I am at all times. You can’t come to the beach in a suit and tie and relax. I won’t have it. I will make you change so you can relax and put your toes in the sand. I put on suits and ties for formal functions but never on a day-to-day basis. I have met clients in my usual attire while they were in a suit and tie, and it was obvious who was more comfortable.
My routine outfit for the office is nice shorts and a collared shirt with flip-flops in the summertime, and as it gets cooler, the only change is long pants and nice shoes. That’s what I wear when representing a $2 million listing or a $100,000 listing.
What is one of your favorite accessories?
I always wear a nice timepiece. It’s the only jewelry I wear.
What is one workplace fashion mistake you will never make?
Wearing clothing that clashes or is too loud.
What are some of your favorite places to shop?
The Polo Shop and any surf shop.
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