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Date: 6/16/13 1:12 PM

I am thinking of going into reality soon.

I just want some opinions of your job if you are, or ever have been a realtor.

Basically, do you like your job? What are some of your likes and dislikes? If you had to do it all over, would you?

Please, no advise on how to obtain my license. I'm sure that the laws might be different in my state, and any extra advice in that area might just confuse me. :)

Thanks!

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Date: 6/16/13 1:24 PM

Sexi.. as with most jobs.. its not perfect.. BUT If you want to do this.. then do it.. That is to say.. if you think it would be YOUR dream job.. then you should by all means do it. If I recall.. you like to build and such.. so looking thru homes might be right up your alley..
Enjoying your job is half the battle won.. if you love doing it the pitfalls won't matter as much..

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Date: 6/16/13 3:07 PM

You'll have no life left.
You'll meet some neat people and a lot of jerks., just take a deep breath and smile.
Make sure you inventory every single spoon if selling furnished.


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Date: 6/16/13 6:13 PM

My father was a realtor. He had to work when it was convenient for buyers and sellers, often nights and weekends. He did a lot of driving people around. The pay is good when houses sell, but there can be lots of lean times, too.

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Date: 6/16/13 9:14 PM

I have been a REALTOR for over twenty five years. It is an amazing profession and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. I married young and helped put my hubby through college and advanced degrees. There just wasn't time and money for me to finish my degree. Real Estate afforded me the opportunity to work hard and achieve a level of pay that exceeds that of many college graduates.

When my kids were young I still got to be a room mother, attend ball games, recitals, etc. I scheduled the kids important times into my calendar. I couldn't of done that if I had been working from 8-5 p.m. Most evenings I was home for dinner, again ,dinner with the family was an appointment.

My first broker gave me excellent advice. He told me to get all the education that I could afford. Join a large company that offers excellent training. Then when you can, get your GRI (Graduate of Realtor's Institute) and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist). I never stop learning and attending seminars to keep me up to date with the latest trends and information. I am now 64 and have no plans to retire. I love what I do and will do it as long as God allows me to do it.

Yes there are times when you will get your heart broken when your best friend lists their home with someone else or a big transaction falls apart at the last minute. You will meet some jerks but the majority of people you will work with will be wonderful.

If you are social it helps tremendously. I am a bit of an introvert so I have had to work at it a little harder but have done it inspite of myself. The key is to be open and honest and to ask for referrals from your friends and family and clients . If you will consider yourself a consultant and not a
sales person you will love your career. Good Luck and best wishes.

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Date: 6/16/13 10:16 PM

Excellent comments.
I think it depends on where one is located as to the types of clients one has and their expectations.

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Date: 6/17/13 7:38 AM

This is what Realtor friends said: do your area market research and find a retired mentor who will know the lean and mean years. Markets vary widely, some rarely appreciate much, especially smaller cities. There are those who schmooze to cultivate the higher-end clients in their area, but often the corporate transfers and such have been locked up by a few for years. You will have to sell twice as many of the mid to lower range homes. Weekends and evenings are not yours, so it's not easy if you have a young family. Some offices can be cut-throat, as you are competing for the same clients and listings. Add in the cost of client lunches, gas, etc. to your expenses.
We sold one home with a semi-retired lady who had sold our neighbors quickly. She was taking only 3% as she just wanted to work PT and doing well on word-of-mouth. Of course, she had been in the business years so had her network and undercutting others didn't bother her.
Often wondered, who set up the system where all realtors get the same commissions?

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