My Unfair Advantage in Real Estate

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This morning I read a short post by Debe Maxwell on aging and do you feel old or are you just aging. When I turned 70 I thought about the Jimmy Buffett song called A Pirate looks at 40 and how my birthday made me look in the rear view mirror and how did i get here so fast? So to all the young and new agents out there I have to say something to you that is heartfelt and comes from a little bit of guilt:

I Apologize for my unfair advantage over you, my age.

Okay I lied, I don't feel one ounce of guilt at all. In fact I am dancing just thinking how I am crushing you. You say I should have some empathy? I guess so because in my 40s getting into real estate you didn't give this sucker an even break but yes I do feel for you. Not enough to stop and give it up to you and in fact you have to take it from me just like I had to take it from you. The only way to do that is knowledge and experience so I will tell you this. After constant education and not just to get my license renewed, as well as losing count after over 3000 successful closings, I do hope you understand the difference in the advantage of being young or old in a profession. In real estate, being older can be an unfair advantage. Not only that, it is one of the few professions that rewards getting older so realize that as long as you wake up in the morning and look forward to your real estate day, keep going.

And I will share a secret with you, I am having the best year ever and I have one more confession, I am an addict. That is the first step in a twelve step program but I am not going to step two. You see I am addicted to success, I am addicted to helping others fulfill their dreams of creating wealth through investing in real estate, and I am addicted to this business. Hint, it gets better every year and that is just too cool. So understand this, I wish you no harm, I hope you get to my position and fulfill your own dreams, and please be grateful to this business, don't look all the time at the bad side, there is always a bad side. I will do my best to help you but I have one warning for you: Beware! Joe Pryor the old dude is on the loose and he is armed with knowledge and experience and he is considered dangerous. 


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  1. Ginger Harper 07/12/2018 08:06 AM
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful perspective on aging - and it mirrors our own thoughts. Honestly, we both feel young and are surprised when someone suggests otherwise. Congratulations on your best year ever, Joe. Well-deserved - and obviously, well-celebrated. Bravo. 

Jul 12, 2018 07:49 AM #35
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

It's about time we've come across an industry that doesn't discriminate against age and may actually even be an asset because, I can tell you for sure, the rest of the business sector has not caught on.

Jul 12, 2018 08:11 AM #36
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

This dinosaur is still roaming the earth.  And still learning.  For all those younger agents out there, you have to keep learning.  I was visiting with some "seasoned agents" the other day, recalling having to dial up the MLS and put the phone in the receiver to get the info faxed  on thermal paper(Google it, younger folks)  that you then had to immediately copy because the image faded after 2 or 3 days!  Imagine if I had stopped learning new things after that technology was improved upon!

Jul 12, 2018 11:56 AM #37
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Joe Pryor 
Gotta love the confidence whatever the reason! Congrats on the feature! Lynn

Jul 12, 2018 05:25 PM #38
Lisa Blenden

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! 😃😃😃

Jul 12, 2018 06:17 PM #39
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Joe -- aren't we lucky to love what we do and look forward to continuing to learn and grow? Not many people experience this.

Jul 12, 2018 06:46 PM #40
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joe

Bravo to this post, the thoughts you shared, your experience, and your wisdom for others to learn from. Loving what you are doing in life, continuing to grow, and sharing with others are blessings so many do not have. I could go on.


Jul 12, 2018 08:18 PM #41
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post!  I love your enthusiasm.  I so agree.  Age is a bonus in this businss and there is no glass ceiling!  You go!

Jul 12, 2018 08:34 PM #42
Jim Harper
Atlanta Communities Real Estate - Marietta, GA

Say it isn't so,  Joe Pryor! You mean we don't need to fear the young bucks (and buckettes)? There's hope! Thank you for the post! 

Jul 12, 2018 08:42 PM #43
Bob Marshall
Home Smart Ion Real Estate - Lynnwood, WA

Good post Joe. I'm "over the hill" so to speak, but picking up speed. Thanks.

Jul 12, 2018 10:17 PM #44
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Joe Pryor this is an awesome post, and it is an unfair advantage for those that have been doing it for years, and I love what you said about one of the only professions that continuously rewards experience.

Jul 13, 2018 07:48 AM #46
Fred Dorsey
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rockville, MD
Montgomery County Probate Expert

I hope you get your position and fulfill your own dreams. Best of Luck!

Jul 13, 2018 11:16 AM #47
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999

Many things do improve with age and you are living proof of that! I read here recently about being affected by the generation gap - a complete 360 of what you have to say. The way technology has advanced in the real estate business, one must keep up too. 

Jul 14, 2018 09:11 AM #48
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I hope you are having a great Saturday just stopped by to see if you had blogged anything new! 

Jul 14, 2018 02:45 PM #49
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Work brings a nice balance to my life, the money is good too.   No reason to ever retire.

Jul 15, 2018 09:00 AM #50
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Joe... you and I are the same age and I also entered real estate in my 40's and knew from the start that I brought an unfair advantage to the table immediately as I'd had some 20 years of experience negotiating, managing people, doing budgets, planning, etc. All I had to do was learn the real estate stuff, unlike many new agents who had to learn real estate and all the other things I already knew.  Now with 25 years of real estate experience under my belt, those advantages are only magnified. Age is mind over matter and if you don't mind, it doesn't matter!

Jul 17, 2018 05:20 AM #51
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I love this post and just wanted to stop by again and say I feel I have an unfair advantage over so many of the new ones getting into the business. And I have earned it.

Jul 19, 2018 12:05 AM #52
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Joe glad you are having fun.  Real estate is a field which allows us to keep going way beyond the normal retirement age.

Jul 19, 2018 08:36 PM #53
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OMG, I love this, Joe! It is definitely all in one's attitude and positivity wins the race...EVERY TIME!

I remember when I first started in the business and the oldies were SO confident and now, most of them are gone and the few that are left, I'm now the one kicking their A$$es!! LOL

I will say that it all had to do with a thirst to learn and keeping a positive attitude - especially during the recession. I didn't have anyone else's income to rely upon - only me - so, I would have to say motivation played a major role too!

Great post - I love everything about it, Joe!

Jul 23, 2018 09:29 PM #54
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Joe it sounds like you found the right addiction to keep!

Aug 07, 2018 12:26 PM #55
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