Today is my last day of being an "active" realtor here in Sioux City. I do not want to discourage anyone from this profession. But I do pledge to inform others of the positive and negatives of choosing this as a profession. I would not recommend this career path to someone that is a single parent. Unless you are well prepared to go months of spending money before you make any. Even though I had 6 months of money saved to give this 110% it still was not enough. Before the 6 months I did this part time with another job that I did about 30 hours a week. I will be keeping myself current on my continuing education. There are great people in this profession. I am still going to keep up with AR. Now I just need to find a regular paying job. :)
August 3, 2009
Thanks again to everyone.
Here are some more thought on this.
My stats are close. There is 1 Realtor for every 298 people, (this isn't households) here in the Sioux City. If you take the surrounding area the stats do change. I do know, that not everyone with a license is active at this 100% but it is an interesting statistic.
Another thing for Newbies. It is tough if you are fairly new to an area because you are competing against those that have lived their whole life in the area. This was another big obstacle. If I were to do this over again as a single parent? I would make sure I had $ to support myself for at least 6 months, a year would be better. Sioux City (personal feelings) lacks good paying part time jobs. This could be the way to go if you can work part time with a good hourly wage and tackle RE the rest of the time. Another thing is I would do it back home were I have loads of contacts. We all know this makes a good foundation for farming. I was very aggressive when it came to marketing myself because I greatly lacked personal/business contacts. I used everything I could think of.
Good Luck to all and thanks again for the comments. AR is loaded with great people.
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