I believe that some of the general public would believe that statement.
I've had neighbors tell me that they envy me because I just go out and sell a few homes and make the big bucks.
I've been accused by parents of my younger buyers (seconds after meeting them) of being nothing but a salesman that only cares about his commission checks.
Heck, we've even had family members make comments about us "living large" and how it must be nice to have the freedoms what we do.
1. I didn't feel the need to explain anything to my neighbors. I just smiled and changed the subject. I wouldn't be able to convince them differently even if I tried.
2. I know exactly what to say to these parents to calm their fears. I gently explain that I'm not a "pusher" and that I'm going to guide their kid(s) like I would my own, etc.
3. I've told family members to EAT IT because, well, you know... they're family members and it's okay to do that!
Then there's Susan.
I showed Susan three homes and she fell in love with the last one. It was a pretty hot market and the home just went active that day, so we went at it with a full price offer with only a financing contingency.
Our offer was accepted that night.
The inspection showed no defects and only two very minor repairs needed. We didn't ask for anything.
Financing was a breeze due to the excellence of the lender I sent her to, the appraisal came in clean, and 28 care free days later we closed.
Even the closing was smooth and only took 20 minutes.
Then Susan dropped the bomb.
"Jared, this thing was a breeze! Easy! Piece of cake! Man. I want to be a Realtor! All you do is open doors and collect big fat paychecks. Look at the size of that thing! Must be nice!"
My instinct was to... well, you know.
Instead I gave her a hug (I'm a hugger!) and thanked her for the opportunity to help her.
Obviously, I made the transaction look easy, so I chose to take her words as a compliment.
One thing I've learned over the years is that if I need to spend any amount of time explaining how extremely difficult it is to be a successful Realtor, you probably aren't open to hearing it anyway.
It's all good.