One Year Down, 30 more to go!

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Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty of Illinois

I just realized I have completed my first full year in real estate.  Been so busy I forgot about it being my one year anniversary!  Wow, what a time to pick a new career change.  I read the new blog for rookies by Jason Crouch in Austin, TX and wonder where the light at the end of the tunnel is?  Stubborn I am, persistent too, but it sure would be nice to make a sale or two!

To that end, I have learned a LOT in the past 12 months.  Out of the five people I got licensed with in my class, only one has quit.  I've completed my E-PRO certification and already finished my continuing ed requirements through 2009.  I have learned I like what I do and I enjoy the challenge of continuing to learn and grow.  I like meeting new people that I know I can help (if they only would want my help!).  I have learned to schedule my appointments, handle my time management, structure my goals, create a 5 year plan, go with the flow, hand write thank you notes, keep my promises, and follow up, follow up and follow up again.   I have learned that not everyone likes a straight shooter and most prefer the soft touch approach (with sugar on top).  I have learned that the "expert" is usually the one who speaks up.  I have found few lazy agents and more agents who are willing to go the extra mile to get a deal together because their last one just fell apart over financing.  I have found referrals are a wonderful way to grow a business and that people will pay for a great agent they feel they can trust. 

Did I think it would be this hard to get started in real estate?  Nope.  Will my second year be better than my first?  Sheer determination will make it so. 

-JK
www.ElginFoxValley.com

 

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Jennifer Kinzle
Charles Rutenberg Realty, e-Pro 

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Rainmaker
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Jackie Cross
Real Living All Florida Realty - Port St Lucie, FL

Hang in there it can only get better with time and experience.

Best of Luck to you in year TWO....

Jun 18, 2008 08:03 AM #1
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Carey Pott
January Financial - Foothill Ranch, CA

Wow, just imagine how incredibly well you're going to do in a booming market with all the hard-knock lessons you've learned during this down market. Congratulations on reaching the one year mark!

Jun 18, 2008 08:13 AM #2
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Jennifer Kinzle
Charles Rutenberg Realty of Illinois - St. Charles, IL
Top Rated Kane County Agent!

Many thanks for the kind and encouraging words, amazing how fast the first year went by!

JK

Jun 18, 2008 08:45 AM #3
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