Getting my feet wet, my first real eatate transaction

Real Estate Agent with New Jersey Properties 8333464

My first real estate experience began 25 years ago. I was recently divorced, working a full time job  and attending college at night. I knew that some time in the future I would like to buy my first home as a single person. I really wasn't real estate savvy so I decided to take a real estate class and get my license during the Summer when college was over for the semester.

I couldn't have selected a better school to attend. The instructor was  a real estate attorney who had sold real estate prior for 20 years and the classes were enlightening. He not only taught us what we needed to know to pass the test but also shared his experiences as a Realtor. Needless  to say I passed the test the first time and decided to get my feet wet by working for a small Mom & Pop real estate office part time.

The owner took me under his wing and as my mentor I think he made me  watch, listen and read everything  Tom Hopkins ever published . In addition, his wife would take me along with her on appointments from time to time so that I had some street smarts.

Finally it happened, my first up call from first time buyers ready to buy a home. I think I was lucky because they knew as little as me and it was a learning experience for both of us. I should mention that interest rates at the time were about 16% which wasn't even an afterthought. We searched for homes ,they found one they liked , their offer was accepted and success  it closed!

I knew then that this was something I was not going to walk away from. I did continue to finish college,worked full time on my previous job and part time as a Realtor. No matter where I was or what I was doing my mind was always on  real estate. I was hooked. Eventually I took the plunge and made real estate my full time job.

25 years later I l still love what I do and still look forward to each new challenge that comes with every sale .In additon, I have personally bought and sold several homes since then. I just love to move and real estate moves me!           

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Joan Congilose, Broker/ Sales Associate

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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Your story reminds me of an interesting event one of my friends told. She was just starting out in real estate and had one her first showings. She was just starting in real estate and was driving a school bus for income until she could earn commissions. She was short on time getting to the showing and actually drove the school bus to the home that was being shown.

Apr 30, 2014 02:08 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Joan, I enjoyed reading about your first real estate experiences and I so agree with Lenn's comment to you. 

Apr 30, 2014 02:56 PM
John Jonas
ReplaceMyself - Virtual Assistants - Highland, UT
John Jonas

Great story! surely would inspire a lot of newcomers out there. Thanks for sharing!

Apr 30, 2014 03:34 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Getting our feet wet as fine as long as we don't drown the Deepwater LOL. Sorry, I'm in a joking mood. :) Love and light, Laura
Apr 30, 2014 04:18 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I remember those 16% interest rates all too well, when I was first looking also.

Apr 30, 2014 10:53 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Joan, we must have had a similar broker. Listening to the Tom Hopkins tapes was a must in the office.

Apr 30, 2014 11:02 PM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

For some that first transaction hooks them for life....for others that first transaction is also the last transaction.

Apr 30, 2014 11:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

learning life lessons takes a life time sometimes...But then, that is why we are here

Apr 30, 2014 11:49 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great story, Joan. Congratulations and hopes for continued success!

May 01, 2014 02:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Joan, You are a hard-working and dedicated woman.  I can feel your drive and passion reading this post. Great job.

May 01, 2014 06:00 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Joan, it seems a tough beginning of journey of 25 years! Glad you are there - and you love what you do.

May 01, 2014 02:45 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yay, what a nice success story!  That first transaction worked out well for both you and the buyer.

May 01, 2014 08:40 PM
Wow, your entire story sounds like me right now; but fear stands in the way of taking a plunge into Real Estate full-time. It is so scary and stressful, but I my mind is on Real Estate constantly as well.
May 02, 2014 01:17 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Having a great place to start your real estate career, where you are actually trained in the business...not what it takes to pass the test, is critical.

May 02, 2014 10:00 AM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


Congratulations on sticking with it and on your anniversary as a Realtor. Keep up the good work. 

May 04, 2014 02:08 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Joan,

These are the stories we love to hear...from start to current (can't say finished!) a true success story!

May 05, 2014 09:04 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Joan,  I enjoyed reading about how you got into real estate.   I think the first ones out are always the most exciting.   I know I was too.  

May 23, 2014 12:00 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Joan, having a little help along the way from more experienced agents willing to share their knowledge is always a big help.  Getting into the business back when rates were 16% plus was tough...glad the mid eighties are past us.

Jun 11, 2014 07:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Joan - when you have the passion then it is not work and you give it your all.  Congratulations on a great career.

May 23, 2017 04:18 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

What a great story, thanks for sharing it with us.   

Jun 28, 2024 06:45 AM