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??