I absolutely love looking at homes, which is the fun and easy part of my job as a REALTOR. Although on average I only show buyers 1-15 homes before they go under contract, so the fun usually doesn't last long.
I'll never forget the time my client went under contract on the second home I showed him. Upon acceptance he told me "this will be your easiest commission check ever." I knew that statement was the kiss of death and I was right. That transaction turned out to be one of the hardest transactions I've ever dealt with in my 10 year career.
While showing homes is part of my job it is by far the easiest part.
In my opinion my job doesn't really start until after we find the home and go under contract, then the hard part begins. There are numerous things throughout a real estate transaction that can derail it; from inspection issues to a low appraisal and then there are the ever so common last minute demands from the underwriting department that may jeopardize the entire transaction. It is my job to stay on top of everything and make sure the transaction stays on track by finding solutions.
So while some people think real estate agents show a few houses then sit back and wait for our commission check that is far from the truth.