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"So How Long have You been in Real Estate"!!!

Real Estate Agent with BUYERS' CHOICE REALTY

My Dear Fellow Realtors!  How many times have you been asked this very important question?  But, have you stopped to think what they are asking you... versus, what is really the truth!! 

You know my Reply to all my Clients is this: "Would you like that in: Dog Years, Human Years or, Realtor Years"!  (There is a difference!!)  Tell me Fellow Realtors, am I off base?????????

You see the way I calculate is this:  Statistic's say an Average Realtor in a "normal" economy....sells 10 properties a year!  Now, If I use this calculation to answer my Clients question... in"Realtor Years" I would tell them that I have been a Realtor for 6 years and 7 months, which is close to double the actual time that I have put in!  And, if I am to include all the Contracts I have written and time involved, that have not, "Taken", my "Realtor Years" statistic would double, if not triple my, "real time" figure!  I know the "General Public" thinks we Realtors make, "Easy Money", but I beg to differ with them, it does not come easy and I have the wrinkles to prove it!  Not to mention; forget wanting a Palm Pilot device.....just give me a new Hand.... my left hand is,"shot"!!  If I were a Horse I would be put out to pasture!!  Why "Shot" you ask? Due to "Research"of course...I am sure you all can relate....You know I realized something else today in regards to "Research"... in Real Estate, when I first started out.....I could count the "Great Deals" on my two hands (when they were good hands!) available at all times...I could go right to them!  But, now.....there are so many I cannot keep up (nor, my hands!)...Let alone the time we Realtors dedicate to Research....I don't know how you "Blogging Realtors" do it!!  I barely have time to eat my first meal...much less pay my bills or clean my house!  If a Health Official came to my house today, or any day of late.....it would be condemned without a doubt!!  Perhaps the "Great Bloggers" have numerous Children who divvy up the chores, and a wonderful mate, who manages the bills, meals etc....I have to say.....I tip my hat to all of you and can only dream of better days to come when the "Market" adjusts so I can get some rest and go back to some kind of resemblance of a normal life and more reasonable hours!  Perhaps it's best if you don't think about your "Realtor Years"on reflection....but everyone....please let's all pray together....shall we.....Heavenly Father....please make this whole mess disappear!  AMEN!!

p.s this is dedicated to my Broker who is continually urging me to "blog" ....Well, Mirela, here is my "Annual Blog"... here you go Gurl!  See yah next year!! Gotta Run!!

Trevor Elliott
RE/MAX Integrity - Salem, OR

Good stuff. Realtor years for me seem like every transaction. I learn something new everytime.

Jan 20, 2010 06:39 AM
Stephanie Frymyer
Brick & Co. Real Estate, Inc. - Whittier, CA
Realtor ABR, SRES, SFR, Whittier

Loved it! You should blog more often! :-)

Jan 20, 2010 06:44 AM
BUYERS' CHOICE REALTY - North Myrtle Beach, SC

Trevor, Stephanie....Thanks for the kind words....we definitely need to boost each other's ego nowadays!!  Keep up the good work yourselves!!

Jan 20, 2010 06:49 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Metro Life Homes - Palm Springs, CA
California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407

There is one agent in the office who has been in the business for a while.

She told me a funny story.

When she first started in the business and was asked "how long have you been in real estate"

She would roll her eyes and say "You don't want to know!!"

Every time she would get a laugh and successfully avoided the subject!

Jan 20, 2010 06:49 AM
Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You... great post (and I'm sure that Andy Rooney would be proud of you).

Jan 20, 2010 06:50 AM
Cindy Steinemann
www.LadyBugMe.com - The Villages, FL
Remax Premier

I think I just read my own blog!! LOL!! I should be six feet under if I was to go by Realtor Years!! I usually meet myself going out the door, makes my head spin!

I'm trying really hard to get the hang of and jump on the  "Blog" train but I'm not having very good luck. In between meetings, showings, open houses, son's ball games, house hold chores and a couple zzz's here and there I try to write something. hhhmmmm, not doing real great LOL!

You nailed this one!!

Looking forward to next years blog!!!

Jan 20, 2010 06:57 AM
BUYERS' CHOICE REALTY - North Myrtle Beach, SC

Ralph!  That's a good one!  Bob....you made me blush....sssshh!  Don't let my Broker here you or she will force me to do "Homework"...tee-hee!!

Jan 20, 2010 06:57 AM
BUYERS' CHOICE REALTY - North Myrtle Beach, SC

Cindy, Gurrrl!  We are all in this together!!  I feel your pain!!  One thing I can say about Realtors on the whole...."we got heart"!!  Or, we are "masochists"...tee-hee!!

Jan 20, 2010 07:02 AM
Thomas Cunningham
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Coastal Carolina Real Estate Connection

Great Job Annie,

   I think you have a real talent for writing. I can understand the Long hours we put in as Realtors. Hell, if I was working this hard back in Food & Beverage, I be walking home with $3-400 in tips every night... LOL

  The general consumer has a complete misconception of what " Real Realtors" really do on a day-to-day basis! As Professional, Ethical Real Estate Agents, we work our tails off to protect our Clients "Best interest" and their "Well Being"!

Bravo Annie, on a well written Blog! Don't tease us with this kind of work once a year, share some more with us in 2010!!

Jan 20, 2010 08:36 AM
Darlene Olivo ABR-Buyers' Choice Realty

FANTASTIC!!! You couldn't have said this better Annie, way to go!! You do write well, maybe one more after you get your house clean LOL.

Jan 20, 2010 09:05 AM

 A Big Thanks!  For my constituents!!  Who knows when the "brain fog" lifts, maybe there will be more time to think and share the lessons learned!!  I can only be hopeful!!

Jan 20, 2010 09:56 AM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Annie, some who have been in this business for 10 years have 1 years experience and in the business for 1 year have 10 years experience! Well written, forget the mess, blog more often and the blog bunny will show up at your door one day with free house keeping!


Jan 20, 2010 01:15 PM

First off Ty!  My Brother's name is Ty...so, I instantly like you!!  Secondly, tooooooooo funny!  You made me laugh out loud!!  Yep!  I did not think of that!!  Too right!! Now, as far as the "Blog Bunny"....I believe, I believe...tap! tap!  (sound effects provided by my ruby slippers!!)

Jan 20, 2010 02:21 PM
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Oh, Annie, you're something else!  In the midst of all my sorrow, here you go putting a smile on my face yet again. 

You are one of the very best Buyers' Agents I've ever known.  Your heart is always in it.  You always give 100% of yourself, whether it's a million dollar mansion or a thirty thousand dollar mobile home.  I love that about you! 

You have been a constant source of inspiration for me and I consider myself blessed to have a Realtor like you working with me and a friend like you to lean on!

Jan 21, 2010 04:44 AM
BUYERS' CHOICE REALTY - North Myrtle Beach, SC

My Dear Broker, Friend, Mentor, Mirela you are Heaven Sent....and the world is most definitely a better place with you in it!  That is a proven fact!!  I am humbled by your words!  Thank you for being you....and my world has changed for the better because of it!!!   Your humble servant!

Jan 21, 2010 05:33 AM