Shiny and New!

Real Estate Agent with Platinum Realty

I just graduated from Kansas State University in December of 2007.  Majored in Management and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. It was one of the most liberating feelings, yet one of the scariest feelings in my life!  It feels so good to be done with school and have my whole life ahead of me with no set direction to go or follow.  No direction is the scary part.  I have not found my calling yet, but I keep looking. I just got my Kansas Real Estate License and joined Platinum Realty in Overland Park, KS.  I am excited about this new endeavor in my life and can't wait to sell some houses!  Since I'm new I would love any advice, suggestions and recommendations on getting started, finding leads, marketing, lenders, inspectors, mortgage brokers, staging, networking, and any groups or associations to join.

My Story:

I got my first glimpse of real estate my sophomore year of college.  My Dad is very entrepreneurial.  He has tried his hand at many different things and each new thing he tries involves a new business endeavor.  This time his new endeavor turned out to be real estate investing.  He read a few books and decided to go to a seminar. Then he signed up for a training program and before I knew it he was buying houses like crazy!  One of the books he read was called Rich Dad Poor Dad written by Robert Kiyosaki.  He suggested that I read the book, but I really wasn't interested.  Then I ended up getting the book for Christmas!  My sister and I both received the book for Christmas and were not all that thrilled about it.  I (unlike my sister) decided to sit down and read the book.  I read the first few chapters and thought, well this is kind of interesting and put the book down and didn't read it again.  A couple months went by and I came across the book again.  I started reading it again and read it from cover to cover.  After reading the book I became somewhat inspired and my way of thinking changed. Since then I have been reading all kinds of books about real estate investing and personal development.  I find the subject very interesting.  What I love about real estate, and especially investing, is that you are helping the community.  You are taking a house that is absolutely hideous and transforming it into something that someone can actually live in.  It helps the communinty by making it a safer place for the people who live there and a place for someone else to live who might not be able to afford a place to live otherwise (low income areas). I also love the fact that it is completely driven by YOU!  If you aren't working toward a goal, nothing will happen. Its up to you to get the wheels turning. It's a hard job, but if its something you love and can stick with it to the end the rewards are unbelieveable!


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Doug Voss
KC Improved Homebuyers, LLC - Kansas City, MO

Welcome Rachel!

I'm so glad you are here trying new things.  I know you will be successful, just keep pluggin' away.

I love ya!


Feb 16, 2008 02:25 PM #1
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production
Persistence my friend, persistence.  I was laughed at since I was so young.  My response was that I had more time and more energy so selling was never an issue.  Rather, I just learned the business earlier than everyone else since everyone else eventually gets into our business.  Blessings....and persistence.
Feb 16, 2008 02:32 PM #2
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hi Rachel,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!


Feb 17, 2008 10:51 AM #3
The Michael Pierce Team
Better Homes & Gardens Kansas City Homes - Leawood, KS
Kansas City Real Estate Experts

   I have read Rich Dad Poor Dad as well, it is a great book.  Helping people is obviously a great motivator and it is only human nature to want to help people.  Wanting to help people will always be on the forefront of your mind but when you are first getting started it is the hunger to excel along with the desire to not accept failure that be the ultimate driving factor. 


Feb 22, 2008 01:57 PM #4
Lynne Musselman
Platinum Realty - Kansas City North, MO

I just joined recently and am amazed at how much information is on here.  Congratulations and best of luck to you.  I am fairly new at real estate also but love what I do.  It's so rewarding!   Don't let the media deter you from your goals! 

Mar 06, 2008 07:04 AM #5
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