Real Estate - What? Like It's Hard?

Commercial Real Estate Agent with Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker AZ BR 528507000

Real Estate - What? Like It's Hard?

Even in this 'Age Of Transparency' the public actually knows SO VERY LITTLE about how we do our jobs in this industry.

My 'past life' in entertainment taught me that VERY LITTLE of what we watch on television is REAL.


Cooking shows, repo shows, pawnshop shows, those insipid real-fake people shows, and yes, HGTV shows are scripted, blocked, staged, and reenacted.

There is a lot of work that goes into making the "Oh, I could do that stuff" happen!

When you decide you want to sell your property . . . WE review the history of your property for a heads up on what we may find in a title search, determine actual ownership, look into encumbrances, taxes or HOA dues, find out if you owe more than it's worth, develop a marketing plan, review the competition on the market and what it sold or will sell for. We clean it, clear it, stage it, doll it up and make it look pretty. We make friends with the neighbors so they behave. We mail, blog, print, copy, call, e-mail and text. We sing praises, present, package and put the word out. Every day.

When you want to view properties . . . WE research each of those properties, MAP the locations that MLS, Google and even GPS may get wrong--so we won't be making 200 U-turns with you in tow. Find out if there are any issues with the City, County, HOA. Find out how to get in. Find out when we CAN get in. Preview so you won't be shocked by what you find. Figure out why the address doesn't match the parcel number, or why the house appears to have a property line through it in the County aerials. We check for washes, zero lot lines, encroachments, elevation, orientation, icky neighbors and urban sprawl. Before you see a thing.

When you want to make an offer . . . WE research what properties sold for, what they will sell for (they are not always the same), active inventory, who the seller is and what their tribal customs may be, who the bank is and how many notes there are, whether you can bid now or have to wait, how to fill out the paperwork properly to protect you, what you will need to do and say to make your offer competitive. Before you sign a page.

When your offer is accepted . . . WE compile the resources so you can determine what is material to you in investigations, put you in touch with the professionals who can inspect appliances, identify materials, take measurements, locate easements, setbacks, permits, architectural standards, and find out if the next door neighbor's dog ALWAYS barks like that or will settle down once your guests have run screaming from the Arizona Room. While your earnest money is still refundable.

When you need financing, WE find the right loan professional for your property's type, your situation and needs with the experience and resources to go the distance for you -- and help them put together your loan package. So your loan will fund and your transaction will close on time. So you won't be out extra cash for delays or end up on the street with your suitcase after you gave up your apartment.

We are the Wizards Of Oz. Except we are behind the curtain AND center stage.

Nothin' to it.

This band consists of a bass player and a drummer. That's it. 
Now that's talent!
Featured photo by Tommy Bond on Unsplash


Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Love this.   

Apr 30, 2024 08:48 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you 💖

May 01, 2024 06:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with prospective home buyers and home sellers.

Apr 30, 2024 08:57 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you 💖

May 01, 2024 06:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Candice:  so true.  And in other words which are not provided by any sponsor, it's simply complicated.    🧩

Apr 30, 2024 09:04 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Well said!

May 01, 2024 06:47 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Perfect explained!  We don't just show up like Annette Benning and wash windows!

Apr 30, 2024 10:08 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

And bonk the reigning 'King' LMAOOOO! 

Apr 30, 2024 10:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes indeed! An excellent real estate professional makes everything look so dang easy a cave..... I mean anyone could do it!  Great overview of what we do behind the scenes.

Apr 30, 2024 10:12 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

We make it look so easy! 😎

May 01, 2024 06:46 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Candice A. Donofrio 

We try hard to make a smooth transaction for our buyers and sellers. Often they don't have a clue of all we are doing for them. Love your peek behind the curtain to see what we really do!

Carol Williams a good post for your Second Chance Saturday Series.

Apr 30, 2024 10:18 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you! 💖
Yeah, what we do is often not for the faint of heart!

May 01, 2024 06:46 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is a great post.  Thanks you

Apr 30, 2024 11:04 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you 💖

May 01, 2024 06:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Candice- what a feature-worthy post!! The general public still thinks that agents drive around and unlock doors so you can see a property. There’s much more that you do to make sure the transactions goes smoothly!!! Libr

Apr 30, 2024 11:47 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

You're so right ♎! 

I saw on a RE page on FB . . . "Tour Guide" 


May 01, 2024 06:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great post, Candice. I've long said that one reason the public does not understand how much work goes into buying or selling a home is because we professionals have not educated them about what we do, how we do it, why we do it... and how much time and money all that takes.

Apr 30, 2024 01:48 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Most consumers don't want to know how the sausage is made, LOL
it can become very overwhelming to find out! 

May 01, 2024 06:42 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Candice A. Donofrio,  Great post. You have explained why a buyer needs to hire an agent to purchase a home. Well done indeed.

Apr 30, 2024 01:51 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you 💖

May 01, 2024 06:42 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Things are usually only easy in life after years of practice, not too many people step into something new and truly find it to be easy, haha.

May 01, 2024 06:17 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Nor should they! 


May 01, 2024 06:41 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

A very good expose of the real estate industry which few people understand.

May 01, 2024 09:18 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Very few . . . we make it look easy but it's like the story of the guy who put out the oil tanker fire in 10 minutes and charged 100k. When balked at, he said "You paid me 5000 for saving your ship and the other 95k was the experience and training that allowed me to do it so quickly"

May 02, 2024 06:09 AM
Lorna Presswood
Pinnacle Realty Associates - Galveston, TX
Specialist in Galveston, Texas and Gulf Coast Area

Thank you for this! Great post. You are absolutely correct. Most people know hardly anything about why they need a Realtor.

May 02, 2024 08:48 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

It can be an awful lot!

May 02, 2024 11:03 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Candice A. Donofrio - Bravo for your well-deserved FEATURE on ActiveRain.

The problem with real estate is that people don't know how real sales agents really work, making sure no stones are left unturned for their benefit. The trials and the triumphs of the business go unnoticed to most consumers. Plus, no two transactions are alike, and you do it all so seamless, most people don't even have a clue how much work is involved. It would cost a person quite a fortune to pay a lawyer and Paralegal who gets paid by the hour to do what we do. 

May 02, 2024 11:16 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Fact, and with the changes many buying consumers may find out that the cost for our expertise may end up borne by THEM! 

May 03, 2024 05:57 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

You're right . . . consumers need to do their research and look past appearances . . . I just posted about this! 

May 03, 2024 06:44 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Candice A. Donofrio - the truth shall be known. It's just a matter of time. Unfortunately for many who have been in this business a long time, there may not be enough time to retire or receive what is fair and equitable. 

May 03, 2024 06:33 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

The list is longer and continues to grow, BB. ✅  Those of us who are committed to clients make it look easy but it is far from that! Congrats on the feature and I turned that song all the way  🆙!

May 15, 2024 08:38 AM