This VA is an agent looking for a place to hang her license...

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Christine Wade CA License# 01442002

It's a confusing time.  I have an active real estate license in California, but it is no longer held with a broker.  I have had my license since 2002, and since then have been with 3 different brokers. 

The first was one of my first VA clients that I still do work for today, but I really only used my license there to do licensed assistant type of duties for them, and I did a couple of referral deals.  They were an independent brokerage, and I felt like I was lacking the educational opportunities to really get my real estate career off the ground.

The next one was one of the big four nationwide companies, and even though I was there solely to sell real estate and do the training that I so desparately needed, my "mentor" at the company kind of promised to take me under his wing and teach me the trade in exchange for me helping him with his admin. stuff - basically I became an unpaid assistant for him, and didn't learn anything except how not to treat a real estate assistant.

The next company I went to, I did so because they told me I could do loans and real estate under the same broker.  This was a well known company, but a new branch, and I could never get them to do the loan training...and again, I got pulled into the unpaid assistant role to some extent.

I really am wanting to get active as a real estate agent, I've read great books, have some procedures planned, etc...but I cannot decide or figure out how to decide what broker to hang my license with.  I know I have a habit of wanting to help everyone, so I would not mind if there was a paid RE Assistant position where I could hang my license and do my own deals, but those seem to be impossible to find.  I know now that a successful real estate agent is really 90% about them and only 10% about where they hang their hat - but I'm wondering if anyone has any insights.

I still plan on keeping my virtual assistant business open full time; however, I am ready for the additional challenge of being an active real estate agent as well!

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BIO:  Christine Wade McKay has successfully owned and operated a Real Estate Virtual Assistant business, specializing in Real Estate Support Services, since March of 2000. I have several accreditations and have received many client testimonials over the years.  I have over 26 years of administrative experience, I am a licensed agent in California (#01442002) and I specialize in on-going, value-based services provided to real estate agents and brokers...long term relationships with my clients are my greatest success stories. I am a contributing author over at RealBlogging.com, you can read my articles that I have written, all directed towards real estate professionals, by clicking here.  I am also a fairly active participant / contributor on Active Rain...you can visit my profile page here.

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Marie LaVoise, CENTURY 21 Platinum Properties
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Hi Christine, To me it sounds like you need to sit down and do a good business plan and follow it. It is nice to be helpful but you have to remember you are an independent business person. You need to run your business as a business. It is OK to help out a fellow agent from time to time but not when it effects your bottom line. Interview brokers for the best fit and get to work. Best of luck.

Aug 08, 2008 06:08 AM #1
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Thank you for your response, Marie.  Do you think it's possible to do a business plan without knowing what broker I'm going with first?  I had a business plan when I worked for the "big 4" broker; however, once it was completed it was forgotten, my fault I suppose.  Maybe I can dig that back out and revamp it.  Either way, thanks again for your response.

Aug 08, 2008 10:14 AM #2
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Christine, Maybe it'd be helpful to find a team looking for a buyer's agent.  They may not be advertising the need for a licensed assistant, but might have administrative tasks that they would need your help with as you get started.  Best wishes!

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