I'm a Realtor, and proud of it. With that, I take this job as a career and never use it as a 9 -5 time table. I schedule and adjust my schedule for my family first, and my clients. What better career is there where you can work primarily on appointments, (with your clients) and take the time to improve yourself on "your own" time for real estate education and presentation skills.
Now the big question is, when is "your own" time. With technology the way it is today, we can always answer an email, send a CMA, or even post a blog at any time and from any place. As a Realtor, it's vital to your success to have a laptop with wireless connection and/or a Blackberry or any other smart phone on your "hip".
So with that being said, there is no 9 - 5, you are on call for as much as you chose to be, or as little as you chose to be. But.... make sure you are up to speed, you never know when you will receive an email that you will need to introduce, guide, inform and nurture into a happy home buyer or seller!
Who needs to stuck on a 9 - 5 shift, make my career apart of my daily routine any day!
That's one of the great things about being a Realtor!