Real Estate - Is it easy?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

You watch an HGTV show that pertains to real estate and everything always looks so easy. The buyers or the homeowners getting a home makeover are always happy, have a great budget, and enjoy the experience. The real estate professionals are jovial. The agents only show a few houses then they sit down with their clients who make an immediate decision, wind up with a fantastic accepted offer, and a few months later do a tour of their new home. Oh my gosh, real estate looks so easy!!!


Is it?


Here's an example from my perspective.


I plan to put together a video series about how to sell land in my area. Starting with the initial real estate professional tour of the land and subsequent pricing process, research required, documentation, listing, appraisal, buyer investigations, title report, and whatever else I can think of.


The first part is going to be about the real estate broker's tour of the land. What do we look for? What needs to be assessed? What goes into the determination of a market price?


I expected this to be a piece of cake since I already have a land owner who would like me to visit their property. A few weeks ago we went up to the property to take care of this process, but we couldn't access the land. It's off a main road, then up a mountain road where no one lives, and no one plows. With hills. But after several weeks of nice warm weather, there is no snow left at my house. And since my house isn't too far away from this property in terms of miles, I was betting it would be a great day to go up there and do what I needed to do.


So here's the result of that trip.



Bottom line? Real estate is not all a walk in the park. Sometimes the road along the way is bumpy. Or snowy. This is my second attempt to get up to the property and it won't be my last.


Stay tuned.  


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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®


eXp Realty LLC

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904




406-270-3667 (MT)


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Comments (44)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, real estate usually is challenging with so many moving parts, great post.  We are not like HGTV.

Apr 15, 2021 06:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti

No, we are definitely not!

Apr 16, 2021 04:48 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

I know the feeling...I hope it did not take long.  For more excitement, try digging out a Suburban that is high centered 1 foot off the ground in the middle of nowhere...took over 4 hours...Lessoned learned here!!Too much snow  Mike and Jake McCann Dad made a mistake!

Apr 15, 2021 06:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Oh no! That must have been quite the day!

Apr 16, 2021 04:49 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Real estate is a piece of cake as no one really knows what goes into everything that we do. Go get'em Kat.

Apr 15, 2021 03:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Lyn!

Apr 16, 2021 04:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kat- I loved your post!!! So many people still think that agents get to drive around and look at houses!  It should be so easy!!!

Apr 15, 2021 04:36 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Kathy - Indeed! It's a bit trickier at times. 

Enjoy your day!

Apr 16, 2021 04:49 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Kat - you did an excellent job on this well-thought-out post. I like reading from your perspective and learning about the challenges you face as you brave through the wilderness while raising awareness to the public who thinks what you do is easy. You are very brave, smart, and supportive of sellers who own land in remote areas and buyers eager to conquer mountains and valleys. Always and forever, I wish you success, prosperity, and happiness. 

Apr 15, 2021 11:28 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Patricia as always for your kind words! And I wish you the same. 

Apr 16, 2021 04:50 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat in all fairness we make it look easy... I had a referral a few years ago from one of my neighbors... she said call this neighbor... so I listed it and sold it quickly... she had a hard time believing how easy Real Estate was... so she got her license...... well two years later and a lot of money spent she gave up the  idea... and admitted to me that I made it look easy...Endre

Apr 15, 2021 11:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti

You're right, we do make it look easy to those who don't know.

Apr 16, 2021 04:51 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Beautiful country, but I can do without the snow. Sounds like your video plan is great idea

Apr 16, 2021 03:03 PM
Kat Palmiotti

You'd have to be here in the summer! Day after day of amazing sunny dry weather. Ahhh.

Apr 17, 2021 04:52 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You lmaly have to wait a while for that one. Snow now, and next comes mud. You'll get there - someday!

Apr 16, 2021 08:16 PM
Kat Palmiotti

I hope so Marte!

Apr 17, 2021 04:52 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Sure Kat, newbies think this biz is so easy. That's why so many never make it and leave before they ever get a foot in the door! Great series you have!

Apr 16, 2021 10:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you very much!

Apr 17, 2021 04:53 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Because we are such a talented group, we make it look easy!  But a lot goes on behind the scenes.

Apr 17, 2021 04:33 PM
Kat Palmiotti

So true, Georgie

Apr 17, 2021 06:10 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It takes a certain personality in a certain manner to really  pop off and make things happen in a great way in this bi

Apr 17, 2021 10:45 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Laura.

Apr 18, 2021 12:27 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my gosh, Kat. Got to love your determination.  And, I do. This is so darned true - so much goes on behind the curtain. Ha. 

Apr 18, 2021 08:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti

A lot goes on behind that curtain! 

Apr 18, 2021 12:28 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I did not watch the video--but good for you for doing it!  I really liked the first paragraph --yes those TV shows make real estate look so easy!  Whenever I get an inquiry about buying a house "with land" -- I refer it to someone who knows about that kind of sale .

Apr 18, 2021 09:29 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Yes, those shows do make what we do look easy!

Apr 18, 2021 12:28 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I do learn a lot from my pre-visits to property and always find something unique that one of my other clients might be interested in. I like your lime green ride, it must make it fun Kat 🤪

Apr 19, 2021 10:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti

It's a hoot riding in that side-by-side. Love it!

Apr 27, 2021 05:20 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

What makes anything look easy is simply knowledge, skill and experience, the more you have, the easier it gets, doesn't it? 

Apr 19, 2021 12:28 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Yes, that's true Kimo!

Apr 27, 2021 05:20 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties


the headline got my attention, when I speak to real estate schools and their students, I tell them what we do is simple, but it ain't easy -simple because the overview is to meet with/find people that want to buy and sell real estate, and even that ain't easy. But once we get in to a transaction, that is when the real work begins.

Apr 21, 2021 11:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you for your comment, and I agree!

Apr 27, 2021 05:20 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Good morning Kat Palmiotti , I just read an article where online classes to get your real estate license in the state of Washington is at an all time high. I would be interested to see how many people actually take the real estate exam if it's so easy 😳

May 01, 2021 10:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Ahh, I bet a lot more people take it than are still in it a year or so later, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS ! Have a great day!

May 01, 2021 02:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Kat! Oh WOW! First off, I love Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 comment - he KNOWS what it takes to get those land deals done in treacherous areas just like YOU!

And, I'm with Endre Barath, Jr. too - you always make it look so easy. I love that you are sharing the challenges that most agents won't. 

Lucky sellers of this land, phoning you - they certainly know how to pick the right broker to get the job DONE! 

May 04, 2021 07:26 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS - especially for your last sentence. Now I need some sellers to read that. haha.

May 05, 2021 05:45 AM