Bad timing? Bad luck? or No luck?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Clover

So 2006 seemed like it was going to be MY YEAR. I was due to have my second child in May; I was unemployed and enrolled in classes to get my real estate license. I was excited to become a realtor, I could work on the days my husband was home from the firehouse and we could save money by not having to pay for child care, but I also knew that my paycheck wouldn't be in the mail anytime soon.  I had heard that it could be six months before I would have any income. Soon after passing the tests and receiving my license, I took all of the classes my office offered.  They had classes on open houses, selling, buying, mortgage information; you name it I took it.  I was scheduled phone time, sat open houses as well as announced I was a real estate agent to my COI.  Soon the upfront cost of becoming and staying a realtor was nickel and diming our income. We knew I needed to get a sale soon.

Then came early March, my best friend of 14 years was dying from a four year battle with Leukemia and had two days to two weeks to live.  I took a three day break and drove with my husband and two friends to say my goodbyes. A short time after her funeral I regrouped and took phone shifts and showed homes as well as held more open houses.  I even got locked in a powder room during one of my first open houses. Thankfully I was wearing heels.  May brought a bouncing ten pound seven ounce baby boy. So, what now?  My emotions are a wreck we are financially struggling and I have to go back to work full-time just so we can keep up with the real estate fees. So much for 2006 being MY YEAR.

Spring turned to summer and summer quickly faded into fall. Winter is now almost over and still no sales. I took more phone shifts, held more open houses and followed up my leads.  The few deals I had, fizzled and all I have left is hope that 2007 will be my year. 

I do have a few COI that are ready to buy and are on the start line waiting for spring.  I have seen sale signs popping up all over town and hope that soon I will be able to put a SOLD sign on a few before summer.

I guess the bright side of this is that we got a little funding back on the tax returns because of the loss unearned real estate wages and cost of keeping up with dues and fees, other than that 2006 was NOT my year. 

For 2007 I reevaluated my business marketing. I signed up with Active Rain and have found some awesome ideas about how to kick my business into gear.  I have also been marketing my COI to remind them I am selling real estate.  I also have come to realization not everyone can be in the million dollar club right out of the starting gate.

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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Hi, Angela!  Man, tough year.  I'm a fellow CB agent and I know it can be hard starting out.  You're doing the right things, though.  Keep at it, take phone time as often as you can, do the open houses and talk to your broker and the more experienced agents at your office.  Read about real estate and sales ever chance you get.  You can learn a lot just trolling around in here, and it's fun besides.  Start posting about your local area and people will find you when they do internet searches for those things, Active Rain will give you GREAT power in Search Engine Optimization.  Start off with some neighborhoods you're familiar with (or BECOME familiar with them) and then blog about them.  When people search for them online they'll find YOU.  I realized a couple lines ago that I have completely hijacked your post and I apologize!  Please feel free to write me if you like and we can talk more.  You can do it!!  (Read and delete if you like.)
Feb 22, 2007 07:47 AM #1
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Angela Wagner
Coldwell Banker Gundaker - Saint Charles, MO

Sarah

Thanks for the support! Where did you hijack me? I am hoping to learn a lot more from AR. I enjoy reading the articles and make notes when I can to help keep me motivated.

Feb 22, 2007 12:44 PM #2
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Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon

Angela.

The best things in life take TIME, including careers. Keep your head up and your eyes open. Be ready to move when things shift in your direction, they will. Good Luck-

Feb 25, 2007 03:34 AM #3
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Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager

Life isn't ALL about goals anyway, it's being happy along the way! Of course FOOD is nice...

Don't forget Home Stagers can help you get your listings sold faster and at the top of the price range. There is loads of info here at AR about home staging to read. Or just post a question in one of the staging Groups. 

Sue Argue 

Feb 26, 2007 11:59 PM #4
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