So you want to be a realtor?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Keller Williams Realty NY

Here is the deal. Helping people buy and sell homes is probably only 20% of your duty. Much of your time is spent analyzing the market, updating your information on financing, keeping posted on current regulations, and being 'ready to serve' AND maintaining and feeding a database of prospective clients.

People with good work habits, who routinely put in 40, 50, even sixty hour weeks will have a head start in real estate. This means that you must be willing to show up and put in your time, especially in today's market.

Are you ready to challenge the mainstream? While most college graduates and career shifts seem to include trading a job for another job, real estate is about trading your job for your own business. With your own business there is no glass ceiling.  It is up to you to do it. Your effort and skills directly affect your income.

If you like homes, dealing with people, and the idea of operating your own business on your own schedule, then please talk to an agent that has attained the income you are looking for. Contact a variety of companies. Don't pick one just because your best friend is there or it is close to where you live. The are good reasons to start your search there, but make sure you find the support and training you need. AND make sure as a new agent you are earning the highest possible commission you can. Not all offices of the same company are created equal. Look around and see who shares your values and goals.

Feel free to call me for answers to your questions or if you are not sure of what to ask, call me for the questions!

Comments (4)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Marsha:  This career choice is definitely not for the faint of heart.  And most people with prior sales experience adjust much quicker.  I love it and can't imagine doing anything else!

May 14, 2008 05:07 AM
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

40-60 hours a week would be a dream job for me!  here of late it is more like 60-70!

May 14, 2008 05:12 AM
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
https://teamcoker.robertpaul.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop

We have a comment in my office that comes out humorously after a hard day sometimes, "All I do is show houses."  LOL

May 14, 2008 05:16 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

It ain't easy...Anyone expecting a cush real estate job...should be a "talking head" on the tube!

May 14, 2008 05:49 AM