Is Real Estate for Me?

Real Estate Agent with McGraw REALTORS in Owasso, Oklaoma (918)855-9256 OKLAHOMA License #161334

As a new agent I'm as motivated as they come!  While still holding a full time position as professional firefighter I am committed to my new Real Estate journey.  


I poured a cup of coffee, looked at my wife and asked "what's it gonna be?"  The overwhelming desire to grow a business in real estate had my full attention.  It was time to decide which direction I would focus my energy.  


Let me explain...


I was exposed to the real estate market early on as I often shadowed my father in his real estate endeavors.  He owned a number of rental properties which he maintained and managed alone.  My memories include answering the phone and providing details of houses for rent, early morning trips to the lumber yard before school, and investigating potential deals when passing the run down, vacant house on the corner.  I earned spending money over the summer mowing vacant houses, sanding floors and painting.  All that to say,  twenty years later I now own rental properties.  Being too frugile to pay wages, I have learned much about repairs.  I even ventured out this last year to remodel my own home.  Do I begin remodel work for others? Do I become an active agent and learn the real ropes of the real estate market?  

I have joined the HAYWOOD HOME TEAM at McGraw Realtors, one of the TOP 100 Teams in the Tulsa Area.  My journey has begun!  Now, I must tell everyone about my new journey.  I'm discussing real estate with my hair dresser when she says "I went to real estate school but can't see myself talking someone into a house they don't want."




Is Real Estate for Me??  

I believe it is! Helping a client find the perfect fit and experience the feeling of "finding the one" has got to make it worth it.  I strive to provide honesty and fair dealing so everyone wins!  It's not about pushing a client into a quick contract.  Trust is earned and I want to earn the trust of my clients and peers.  

Comments (43)

Vanessa Saunders
Global Property Systems Real Estate - White Plains, NY
Real Estate | Done Differently

Well your off to good start by posting on Active Rain!

Jul 05, 2014 07:11 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Sounds like real estate is for you! Gaining the trust of our customers amd peers is what will make the difference. 

Jul 05, 2014 07:16 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Hello Jeff, I hope you had a great 4th of July.  Welcome to  ActiveRain!


Jul 05, 2014 08:06 AM
David Rod
Scottsdale, AZ
Over 6,000 homes sold in 27 years!

I completely understand. I, too, switched careers from having a masters on science engineering, to also become a realtor. Loving what I do, I don't regret one bit having done so. Wishing you a successfull journey as a realtor! 

Jul 05, 2014 08:42 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Watching your father, you probably learned a lot. For someone who is just starting from 0 understanding is not easy. It is easy to become a Realtor, but to stay in this profession and being <wanted> Realtor is much more difficult. Takes a lot of persistence and actually... work.

Jul 05, 2014 09:38 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Jeff, welcome to AR! The very best thing you could have done for yourself you have already done.  You found your way here.  This is an amazing groups of real estate related professionals all ready willing and able to help you! Congrats on your first featured post!

Jul 05, 2014 10:11 AM
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Best of luck to you Jeff and with your great attitude you will surely be successful.  You will find active rain to be a great help to your business and make many new friends here.

Jul 05, 2014 10:45 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jeff: Welcome aboard Active Rain. You know, you can't be a firefighter forever and you already enjoy helping others, so real estate is a great fit. Good Luck!

Jul 05, 2014 11:33 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Jeff, your excitement about your new career is a great stepping stone to get you started.  Working with a successful team is a blessing and can put you on the fast track.  One of the best things about being new in real estate is you don't know what "won't work," therefore, you'll be willing to try anything with an expectation that it will work.  So many people in this industry cut themselves off at the knees with their negative beliefs.

BTW, you'll be putting out lots of fires in this business, so you'll feel right at home.  Best of luck and keep blogging!

Jul 05, 2014 12:46 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Hi Jeff -- I'm originally from Tulsa -- Nice to meet you.  You don't have to sell anyone anything they don't want.  Just give them the information to make informed decisions that will help them reach their individual objectives.

Jul 05, 2014 01:26 PM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Sounds like you have got lots of background. Good Luck in your future endeavors. Can be a great career but certainly takes lots of hard work.

Jul 05, 2014 02:38 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

 I would say to shadow someone--an agent you know to guide you into this. It's very unique. You might find this test run helpful.


Love and light,


Jul 05, 2014 04:35 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Welcome to AR. The one piece of advice I give anyone who is cotemplating going into real estate is that they need to be fully commited and that "trying" it part-time will probably never work.

Jul 05, 2014 09:58 PM
Jeff Yeats 918.855.9256
McGraw REALTORS in Owasso, Oklaoma (918)855-9256 - Owasso, OK

Joan - what are in Tulsa did you live in?  I do no envy a move across the country, even as much as I enjoy change.

Jul 05, 2014 11:51 PM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Jeff welcome to the wild world of real estate and also welcome to the "Rain".  I feel blessed to be able to make a living doing something that I love.  You seem well suited because a lot of what we do is "put out fires".  Find some good mentors and follow people who interest you.

Jul 06, 2014 02:39 AM
Jeff Yeats 918.855.9256
McGraw REALTORS in Owasso, Oklaoma (918)855-9256 - Owasso, OK

Kathy Streib- thanks for the encouragement as I build my real estate and hold a position of a firfighter.  Definately a little more difficult but I have set my sights to make it work, whatever that means!

Jul 06, 2014 04:31 AM
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists

Hi Jeff - welcome to AR!  Please ask lots of questions if you wish to incorporate blogging as a regular marketing strategy (which I highly recommend).  It sounds like you have made a great career choice.  Having spent time working in the industry, you have good experience to determine if it's for you.

Jul 06, 2014 04:42 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, welcome to Active Rain - and this is good tool to help you along in your real estate career. 

Jul 06, 2014 06:08 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I came back to this  to see how it's going. Stay the course!

Jul 06, 2014 03:19 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Jeff, and welcome! Of course one doesn't want to talk someone into buying a house they don't want-you move on until the house they do want shows it's face, and then you're ready to help bring it about.

Jul 08, 2014 01:05 AM