Anne Garcelon (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)

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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Find a mentor.   Good luck.   

May 21, 2017 07:40 AM
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Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
May 21, 2017 07:50 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

If I had it to do over again I would hire a coach. Don't listen to the 'sometimes' well meaning folks around you. 

May 21, 2017 08:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Find a managing broker with whom you have chemistry who can be your mentor or find you one. Along the way review the articles Fred Griffin suggested! Good luck!

May 21, 2017 08:07 AM
Rainmaker
488,071
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Read the posts that Fred Griffin linked to.  Then go to the AR contests and read posts written by seasoned agents, especially the entries to the What Tools or Systems Do You Love and The Challenge of Work/Life Balance challeges.  Lots of great information in those posts.

Work hard, but work efficiently & work smart.  Don't try to do it all on your own.  Best of luck! -Kasey

May 21, 2017 08:43 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anne Garcelon - if it is just one, I'd say, "Dont' Give Up".

May 21, 2017 10:09 AM
Rainmaker
222,071
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

get as much training as you can, stay in touch with your broker and ask lots of questions and like Michael Jacobs said, find a mentor.

May 21, 2017 09:27 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Oro Valley, AZ

Work every day, and it doesn't have to be doing the same thing - there are many ways to Market, and even when you have a Buyer and/or a Seller, don't stop Marketing Anne Garcelon.  Whether it's Open Houses, just meeting new people wherever you go during a day, farming your niche, sending out Helpful Hints to neighbors in your niche, or whatever works for you.  Don't be afraid to 'step out of the box', and be genuine.  Marketing does not take a break when you have a client, because you are building a base, and when you are a newbie, you do this every day.  Wishing you The Best!!

May 21, 2017 09:04 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Get a mentor.

May 21, 2017 08:13 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Advice regarding what specifically?  How to participate in the AR community? How to get started in real estate? 

May 21, 2017 07:45 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Participate fully in AR everyday, you will learn, find clients, and build a network.

May 21, 2017 04:08 PM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Love the comments and you have to read Fred Griffin 's post and then do it your way!! Good luck!!

May 21, 2017 03:41 PM
Rainmaker
456,138
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

 Never ever give up is my advice for you, Anne Garcelon 

May 21, 2017 10:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

You have great suggestions and I especially like Michael Jacobs.  Best wishes to you.  A

May 21, 2017 10:09 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Network every day and build your database.

You have to ask for business and show why you shoud receive it.

May 21, 2017 09:32 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Remember you are on the same learning curve as we all are as no one has been here before even unto the moment they are in. Using this, forgive yourself and others as you travel and unravel it all. Goodness shall travel with you and what is yours will come your way. Make a good home for it

May 21, 2017 08:55 AM
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696,360
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Set a realsitic goal see if you can hit the target. 90% newbies do not have any transaction at the end of first year.  I have also seen those with clients and money ready generate 7 figures income after 2 years. Some can strike on their own after 3 months talk like a pro.  

Those 90% will drop out or have 1 sale and disappear. 

May 21, 2017 08:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,781,416
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

I'm with Kathleen Daniels ~ what specific advice are you looking for?

May 21, 2017 07:57 AM
Rainmaker
614,029
Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Make sure you have at least 6 months savings to live on and go get the business!

May 21, 2017 05:08 PM
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Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

Mentor and listen and learn

May 21, 2017 04:35 PM
Rainmaker
3,615,964
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

learn to market and your phone will ring with new business consistently....period.

May 21, 2017 03:00 PM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

I echo what Fred Griffin and Michael Jacobs say. And you will learn alot about the business by reading and participating here on AR!!

May 21, 2017 02:19 PM
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Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals

Get together with your broker or mentor and carve out a plan that suits you, then stick to it.

May 21, 2017 01:26 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC - New Fairfield, CT
Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY

I've heard "Run!" mentioned to some.

May 21, 2017 12:31 PM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Patience andwillingness to learn and to help everyone at every opportunity he will quickly develop the reputation of an upbeat and very positive agent and that will snowball into your success

May 21, 2017 12:22 PM
Rainmaker
421,699
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & personality!

1. Get a mentor

2. Remember you are running your own business.  Respect it (& yourself) accordingly.

May 21, 2017 11:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,148,297
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Network.

May 21, 2017 11:14 AM
Rainmaker
1,215,159
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Anne Garcelon You have to be committed to do this business. Most agents drop out because they are under capitalized. Stick with it, find a mentor and you will do well. Good luck!

May 21, 2017 11:01 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Have financial reserves.

May 21, 2017 10:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

check out a number of brokers first to see what a good fit for you could be,  listen to Tom Ferry You tube, it is free and he is one of the best coaches around.  Even go to his Las Vegas Summit in August, it is worth every penny you  spend, you will see a great return.

 

May 21, 2017 09:16 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Anne,

This is a BUSINESS, not a hobby!

How you start will indicate how you will finish.

You are the CEO of your company. 

Act and assume the responsibility of a CEO TODAY!

Do your homework.

Know what you want.

Let the facts, not the sugar words, guide your decisions.

Ask for help.  There is not better place to ask than here on Active Rain. HOWEVER, the quality of the answer is directly related to the quality of the question. Clear and concise questions often results in actionable responses.

Your next series of questions really need to be related to what an aspiring new business owner must do before they lay down their first dollar.

May 21, 2017 08:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Michael Jacobs nailed this one!

May 22, 2017 05:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Leesburg, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Don't gamble your money on gimmicks. Manage your money. Take your time researching and set up a reliable website. Pay attention to what productive agents in your office are doing.

May 22, 2017 04:57 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You've gotten some excellent advice here!  Good luck, Anne Garcelon!

May 21, 2017 09:24 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Call everyone you know and call often

May 21, 2017 06:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Work for a broker who will teach you hands on. Dont become part of a real estate sales mill where they charge you for everything and get little in return

May 21, 2017 05:42 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Work hard, it is not a part-time job. Put money aside for the lean times and pay your taxes.

May 21, 2017 05:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Find a good mentor.  Ask your questions here.  Don't buy leads, that's a fast way to empty your wallet.

May 21, 2017 04:48 PM
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Find a good broker and a mentor

 

May 21, 2017 03:35 PM
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Anne Garcelon
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Shrewsbury, PA

Thank you everyone for the wonderful kind words.  I am off the ground and running!  

Jun 05, 2017 10:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Do a blog search on the subject here on ActiveRain.  Lots of posts on the subject from industry veterans.

May 22, 2017 09:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Pete Xavier with X Group Real Estate Advocates
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Quit before it sucks that precious life away from you! 

May 22, 2017 08:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Teri Pacitto
RE/MAX Olson & Associates, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

You're starting out in the right place and will find many good answers here.  #1 is find a Brokerage that has training and qualified mentors who care about your success and will train and guide you correctly.  Listen, learn, repeat.  Never stop learning as this business changes and evolves constantly. Congrats on your decision to be in this great business. 

May 22, 2017 06:22 AM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,ePro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

Exercise, drink lots of water, set boundaries and prioritize your personal life.

May 22, 2017 06:21 AM
Rainmaker
2,030,673
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Have a business plan

Manage your time

Prospect everyday

May 22, 2017 06:00 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Here you go

Learn the business

Network

Blog

Close Deal$

May 22, 2017 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Learn

May 22, 2017 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
308,986
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Find a mentor and offer to work for them for free! Prove yourself of value and they will share information with you and get you started much quicker.

May 22, 2017 05:37 AM