If I had to give ONE piece of advice to all new agents...

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass 0524642

Every month baby Realtors come shooting of the real estate womb like a cannon ball. I remember desperately looking for solutions, answers and of course, clients. Over the last ten years I've been lucky enough to find mentors, Activerain (virtual mentor) and a lot of friends in the business who have helped me along the way. 

Every now & then a new agent will ask me for advice. The single most important thing I can share is that real estate changes every day. It's a fact. 


Here's what an average week can look like...


Monday: Nobody calls you. You sit around all day fantasizing about winning the lottery and what kind of house you'd buy if you could.  

Tuesday: Nobody responds to your emails, fliers or billboards. You buy lotto tickets.

Wednesday: Your aunt Lucy decides to leave her husband and tells your uncle that she needs to sell her house. It's a good thing you attended that family reunion and took interest in chatting with your uncle. you immediately call her acting all concerned about the divorce and then toss in a one-liner (buzz word) about it being a sellers market. Immediately following you play Turn Down For What  in your car and blow a factory speaker. You are an official real estate baller.

Thursday: You get a killer referral from Activerain. You just fell in love with blogging.

Friday: You get struck by lightning, but live. This accident reminds you that Realtors who are sole income providers should be more careful about playing golf in the rain. Especially on Friday mornings when you should be working.

Saturday: Your wife says something about something that causes you to think. This thought parlays into a new marketing idea and you spend the rest of the day working on this new project. Later that day you decide to run to the grocery store and accidentally bump into a neighbor who by chance is looking for a rental property. Your project never comes through fruition and your wife seemingly takes all the credit for your new client at the grocery store. You upgrade the hamburger meat at the grocery store from regular to organic.  You've earned it.

Sunday: One of your Sellers fires you because you didn't fill the flyer box on Friday like you promised. She doesn't believe your story about getting struck by lightning. You call your friend who enticed you to go play golf and curse him out. You then spend the rest of the day watching football and looking at your cell phone thinking about Monday.



Posted by
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass 
Direct & Text 7 days a wk: 832-298-8555 
Realtor since 2004
Mediator & Arbitrator for the TX Assoc. of Realtors
Member of the Professional Standards Committee for the TX Assoc. of Realtors
Arbitrator for the Comptroller's office for the State of TX for Arbitration of Property Tax Values

 Member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Platinum Club


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Comments (133)

Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Funny, but pieces of truth!

I'm just fantasizing the lotto would get up to 500k+ again before I lay the $1. Bet.

Sep 03, 2014 10:32 AM
Mary Stewart
Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside - Jacksonville, FL

If you lived in Florida, it is very likely that you would be hit by lightning on Friday. This is funny, but so true to a point. Surviving all of this is what keeps us in the game.  Good job!

Sep 03, 2014 11:00 AM
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 318.332.8281 - Natchitoches, LA


This is funny! The life of realtor.

Sep 03, 2014 10:30 PM
Brien Berard
Remax Professionals Laurel MD - Laurel, MD
Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate
hilarious and true
Sep 03, 2014 10:48 PM
Jessie Perozo
Yrent When You Can Own...

So funny but oh so true. Great post!

Sep 03, 2014 11:51 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Great laugh for this early in the morning! You pretty much summed it up as I recall, that is exactly how my week went the first couple of weeks in the business.

Sep 04, 2014 12:33 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Hey Greg!  That sounds like you had a relatively typical week. Just for fun how about getting the car towed while at a listing presentation, or the computer crashes while preparing a reasonable offer or even though your home and your listings are miles from the ocean you get a notice from your insurance agent that your home and all the other homes in the area are now in a FEMA designated flood zone.  Our business is ever changing and sometimes just out of our control.  As they say we have to"go with the flow".

Sep 04, 2014 02:18 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Greg ... Great post and enjoyed te read ;o)

Sep 04, 2014 06:37 AM
Maria Molina
North Pacific Properties - Seattle, WA
Sales and Marketing of Residential Real Estate

Great post, thanks...now, I will turn down my Pandora, stop cruising Twitter, cancel my tennis date next Friday...yeah.

Sep 05, 2014 04:57 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Greg-gave me a good laugh, it all sounds so familiar

Sep 06, 2014 01:10 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Greg, you are a very funny man.  And I'm wondering how I missed this one last week!

Sep 06, 2014 02:03 AM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Monday are always hit or miss for me...After a holiday, I can be flooded with calls, or it can be death valley. Best advice...don't blow all the commissions on new stuff...there will be times when there is no income on the horizon.

Sep 06, 2014 02:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Greg... the greatest Realtor story ever told!!!

I'm so glad your story was featured. I never laughed so hard SINCE I was in San Antonio. It was great to meet you again, even though you didn't remember me from the last two times we met. Don't worry, you're forgiven!

Sep 07, 2014 09:45 PM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Thanks for the laugh!  A day in a Realtor Shoes is never easy!

Sep 08, 2014 03:28 AM
Donald Kolenda
Kw Rockwall - Rockwall, TX
Share the road to your new home.

Greg you have a great outlook our profession that is indeed a numbers game. Focus on the #OneThing that consistently brings the best results. Sure being new that can be confusing.

Take a successful agent to lunch and find out what brings them the greatest success. Amazing how agents will share, ask.

Sep 08, 2014 04:54 PM
Rick Snow - Selling El Paso TX
EXIT West Realty - El Paso, TX
Cool Deals on Hot Real Estate in El Paso, Texas

I love it. Good job Greg.

Sep 08, 2014 11:25 PM
debbie lemmon
AZ HOME SEEKERS - San Tan Valley, AZ

Greg thanks for the great blog. Enjoyed it very much

Sep 09, 2014 07:55 AM
Georgianna Dirga
E.R.A. Herman Group Real Estate - Denver, CO

Thanks for making me laugh Greg!  Funny/sad/true

Sep 14, 2014 12:54 PM
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

You are too dang funny! LOVE THIS!!!!!

Sep 15, 2014 11:43 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I really enjoyed coming across your blog among the many archieves. Thanks for being apart of Active Rain.

Apr 08, 2015 01:52 PM