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The Real Truth about how Realtors earn their money.... Justify your commission

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams First Coast Realty

What Realtors really do for their money...

1. Customer Service Center -Phone Representative

2. Administrative Assistant

3. Sales Person

4. Sign Delivery

5. Copy Maker

6. Teacher

7. Manager

8. Consultant

9. Director

10. Driver

11. Coach

12. Investigator

13. Legal Assistant

14. Marketer

 Here are some of the regular things that we do. Then, here is a list of more that is unexpected:

1. Painter

2. Cleaning crew

3. Moving service

Can you add to the list of unusual things that you have done for clients?

 Now, you can justify your commission.


Cristy Smith
mmm - Austin, TX


Yes real estate agents do a ton of work for their commission! Thanks for the great list.


Sep 23, 2007 12:52 AM
Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Limerick, PA
Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties

Good list--talk about multi-tasking!


Sep 23, 2007 12:57 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale
How about counselor and mediator? In today's crazy market, we need to be able to handle the emotional ups and downs our clients go through as well.
Sep 23, 2007 01:07 AM
Kelly Pangburn
Pangburn Properties, Inc. - Grant, MI
Associate Broker
Don't forget Photographer. 
Sep 23, 2007 01:13 AM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Add in:

Landscaper/lawn care,

snow removal,



tour guide 


Sep 23, 2007 01:33 AM
Nancy Moeller
Seven Gables Real Estate - Anaheim Hills, CA
Negotiator and mother, too. Good list.
Sep 23, 2007 02:01 AM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
Just recently marriage counselor became a big part of a transaction.
Sep 23, 2007 02:17 AM
Tracy Nicole Hamilton
Elk Grove, CA
Realtor - Elk Grove CA, Sacramento, CA
Call me crazy...but there were a few times I had to babysit.  Yup.  You heard me...BABYSIT!
Sep 23, 2007 04:24 AM
Kelly Turbeville
Keller Williams - Lake Forest, CA
Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality

Tracy - funny I was just going to say Babysitter and I would add, Dog watcher, Maid, Packer and Mover.


Sep 24, 2007 08:29 AM
Armando Rodriguez
Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI

How true!

You might want to add,

dog walker

baby sitter


actual hand holding

etc, etc

Good post!

Sep 24, 2007 08:51 AM
Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public
Great thoughts.  There are so many things that you professionals are responsible for.  My favorite is the psychologist.  How many times do you (and I as a mortgage professional) need to talk clients out of jumping off of that bridge?  Continued success as you continue to handle all of the tasks ahead of you!
Sep 26, 2007 03:43 PM
Jeremiah Johnson
4 Sale Tours - Sacramento, CA

The general public just see us as a group of people standing around and just getting paid. They don't see us in our everyday grind. The phone calls, the hand holding, the double checking, and everything else. We are hear to make sure everything goes right in their deal. I like the REALTOR® ads coming out now. They are starting to show us in a good light.

Sep 27, 2007 04:08 AM