More memorable morning mythbustin'

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

There has been a fair amount of myth-busting going on here on Active Rain, some of it done by me. There are a handful of myths about real estate, too... so I thought I'd take a shot at those.

MYTH #1  There are no special skills required to sell real estate.  This one makes me laugh all the time.  While it's true that the requirements to becoming a real estate agent, or Realtor®, are pretty minimal, there are a lot of skills required... most of them "people skills".  You need to be able to connect with people, be able to help them understand how the process works, and guide them through it.  You need the skills of a teacher, a guide, a psychiatrist and a bartender.

MYTH #2  Realtors make a lot of money.  There is no limit to how much money you can make in this business.  But that doesn't mean that most of those real estate agents out there are drinking at the well of wealth.  The average income for Realtors nationwide is just a little over $30,000 per year.  I don't know about you, but I don't call that rich.  If fact, in some of the big-city regions that might actually be a pretty low income.

MYTH #3 Real estate agents only stick a sign in the ground and then sit back and wait for the house to sell.  This one would be funny, if it wasn't a belief that was held by such a large percentage of the public.  In fairness, we go out of our way to make what we do look seamless and easy.  And because we do that, people don't realize the amount of effort we put into each and every sale... whether working with a buyer or a seller... the number of hours we put into the transaction would astound you.  Sometimes it astounds me.  For each property that goes under contract in a day or two, there are dozens that take months, and months, and months.

MYTH #4  Realtors just sit at home in their underwear, blogging on Active Rain, while drinking mimosas while watching The View.  What're you guys doing??... spying on me with my microwave??

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Don't you wish this was true Alan May  except the part about the view . I do not care for that show I rather watch the news

Mar 24, 2017 10:26 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh so true, Alan... but not me watching the View. I'd be there watching General Hospital. And maybe if we stopped calling ourselves multi-million dollar producers, the public wouldn't think we earn millions.

Mar 24, 2017 10:39 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I was one of those people who believed some of these until I became a stager and saw first hand exactly how much agents actually do. Loved #4.

Mar 24, 2017 10:54 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

If you're going to make the gobs of money in real estate you must have skills...and loads of people skills.  You certainly can't be an agent that would resemble #3...or #4.

Mar 24, 2017 07:48 PM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Not sure why you can't be agent #4.  A choice is just that.

And not your microwave, you silly.  Remember, there are slots in the toaster.  Next Pop Tart, just think about it...

The View?  Really?

Mar 25, 2017 02:11 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- the first 3 are definitely myths but #4...I'm not so sure about.  Better put that blue painters tape over the camera on your laptop...or get new underwear!

Mar 29, 2017 05:42 PM #6
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

What I got from this post is I need to wear my robe while having coffee in the morning

Mar 30, 2017 05:59 PM #7
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