Do you remember your first experience as a new Agent?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Garvin Realtors

Being a new Realtor can be a scary place. You learn things that you were not told about in real estate class.  A good lesson I learned is that if you make your living solely on commission; remember to save some money out of that commission check. Life still happens after the closing. I paid all my bills and  updated my wardrobe. I purchased an outfit for every day of the week because I just "had" to look like the new money I was making. I purchased furniture for my bare living room and more.  Not once did I think about advertising, ads, mailings, more business cards, etc.  It was unwise of me not to invest in my business and expect it to be successful. Lessons learned are not forgotten.


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Brett Noel
Keller Williams - Paso Robles, CA

I think the real estate exam and program teached you nothing about real world real estate. My advice is to get a coach right away. Save yourself years

Aug 04, 2008 06:19 PM #1
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

I remember answering the phone at the office and stammering instead of answering a question about what a house would be worth.  I think that I had my license less than a week.  After that call I spent the rest of the day at the office hoping that the phone wouldn't ring.  I got over that however!

Aug 04, 2008 06:20 PM #2
Deborah Engel
Prudential California Realty - San Diego, CA
San Diego Homes & Property

I got lucky. My first client was a good friend of mine and someone who I advised in my previous life as an attorney. He knew it was my first time working as a Realtor.  I was just grateful to have someone who understood that I didn't know how to work a combination lockbox vs. a MLS key.  The biggest daily challenge for me, which still is, is picking up the phone and actually calling people.  I'm great wth the computer but there's something about the phone that still panics me. Tony and Darcy...that's a funny story.

Aug 04, 2008 06:58 PM #3
Phylis Harrell Newsom, Broker, ABR, CRS, GRI
BlueBird & Friends, REALTORS - Franklin, TN

My first sale was also to a former client (from my past life as an Interior Designer). We had a great time looking for a condo for him to buy as an investment and, after just a couple of weekends, he found a great townhouse to purchase. We drove back to the office late that Sunday afternon to write an offer. The only problem was, I had not yet been coached on how to write an offer! Looking over the document was terrifying to me. I had to leave the room to make a stealth phone call to my broker, whose phone died while we were talking. Luckily, a seasoned agent came by the office and I was able to snag her long enough to answer my most pressing questions. We wrote the offer, negotiated the deal, and my client was none the wiser.

Aug 04, 2008 09:32 PM #4
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