My First Two Years

By
Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Realty

This is my first blog so please be patient with me.  I wanted to write a little about the my first two years in Real Estate.  This has been a big transition for me due to my inexperience in sales.  I have alway been around the military in one way or the other.  My last job as a government contract was in training for the military.  So this is all very new to me. 

There is so much to learn in Real Estate.  I feel like I'm learning something new everyday.  I must admit, at times, it has been tough to learn everything.  You don't learn how to do; in this business, without doing it.  Talking with other more experienced Realtor's is invaluable.  I have learned you must ask them as many questions as possible.

My business started slow the first year and then was better the second year.  I anticipate a much better year this year.  With interest rates so low, many of my buyers that have been waiting are now ready to purchase.  I have found the majority of buyers out there have been searching the internet for over a year and sometimes know about a property before I do.  Staying on top of the market is very important and you must know what is out there. 

My advice for all the new agents out there is to stick it out, do your marketing, know your market, and have a little faith that things will get better.  If you learn to work hard now, it will be a breeze when the things pick back up and you will be prepared.

 

Comments (4)

Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County
Sounds like you have a good handle on the business. Good luck, work hard and success will follow!
Jan 31, 2008 10:59 AM
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

Welcome to AR then!  The fact that you're making it in this market is testament to the fact that you're doing something right!

 

Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Jan 31, 2008 11:09 AM
Jennifer Martin
Letting License Expire in June 2010 - Santa Claus, IN

Great Advice Barbara,

I am in my 2nd year and things have really started taking off for me. I found AR back in March 07 & feel it was one of the best things that could have happened so early in my career. I'm a sponge --- I never stop learning and soaking up knowledge & with each transaction I can see and hear the difference in me. I speak with and project confidence now whereas I didn't back then.

However, I am not afraid to admit when I don't know something, nor am I afraid to go find the answer. It doesn't matter if you are the president of the company or a co-worker in my office; if you are the one who I know has the answer then I will be talking to you very soon.

People come to this career with all different personalities, strengths and weaknesses and the best advice I can give is in exact agreement with yours ... KNOW Your Market and do not be afraid to strike up a conversation. I read my MLS market multiple times per day (+/- depending on my schedule). I do this because it helps me memorize things (houses, prices, newly listed vs. ready to expire) and for me -- repetition works.

I wear my badge (even though it isn't required) EVERYWHERE I go because I WANT people to know who I am and what I do and what company I represent etc..., I can't tell you how many conversations were started in the checkout line at walmart --- all because they happened to glance at me and saw my badge!

Jan 31, 2008 11:15 AM
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be

Barbara,

I was raised by a land developer and have been licensed and working in real estate for 28 years....I found Active Rain in April of last year and I acquire information from Active Rain on my time (most of the other brokers don't like me calling them at home at 2 a.m. to discuss issues.......

Welcome to Active Rain...learn and enjoy.....

Jan 31, 2008 11:43 AM