This is my first Post to Active Rain.
I've been selling real estate for over ten years now in a rural market that is very seasonable--very busy in the Spring, Summer and early Fall, pretty dead in the Winter.
Over the years I've seen some agents really shine while others just seemed to fade away. For example, I knew of one broker who came to work for Windermere Peninsula Properties a few years ago after I had sold him a home in Twanoh Falls on the south shore of the Hood Canal. He had been in the business for almost twenty years in Seattle and decided to move to an area with a much less frenetic life style. How ever, he was from the old school and was unable to come to terms with the advances in technology in our evolving profession. The last time I saw him he was working as a flagger for a road crew.
However, on the positive side the younger and also some of the not so young agents have immersed themselves in the great technological tools that are being developed in Web 2.0, such as activerain, linkin, postlets and localism.com. I am one of the not so young agents who are still struggling with getting my mind wrapped around these new programs but I have the support of the folks I work with to help me get a handle on these new tools--great agency to work for.
Actually, Allyn is a great place to live and work. I live on the waters of Case Inlet just a block from the office and help both buyers and sellers in their transactions. And having 20+ years experience as a Psychologist has been very helpful. Plus, living near the golf course community of Lakeland Village has been a source of a lot of business.
So, what advice do I have for people just starting out in this field? Stay on top of the new technological advances, network with other agents and above all, maintain a positive, can do attitude.