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Is Real Estate Brain Surgery?
Most of us have heard, and many of us have made statements to the effect of, "Real estate is not brain surgery (or rocket science)."  There is at least one real estate professional who would likely dispute that, as President-elect Trump has tagged retired brain surgeon Ben Carson to run HUD. 
No, real estate is not brain surgery, and brain surgery is not real estate.  Does being a real estate professional require the skill level, training, or mental ability similar to that of a brain surgeon?  My answer is that it depends.  NAR's favorite REALTOR, Phil Dunphey certainly comes up a little short.  Some of the people in the business come up a little short in product knowledge and common sense.  Some of them have even achieved a reasonable level of success in the business.
Real estate is not unlike other professions that also have their fair share of intellectual underachievers.  The legal field has its share of losers, including some who have managed to earn a good living anyway.  Same is true with accountants, politicians, even doctors.  If we were to judge the merits of a profession by its poorest performers, none would look very good.  If judgment is to be made, it ... more

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