Beyond the real estate exam...

Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors
a long road with  mountains
We all remember how we began in the real estate business.  For some it was hard and others extremely pass the test perhaps.
In Colorado at the time I was able to spend an additional month in class to qualify to take the Brokers Exam.  Considering the overall benefit of having a Broker's license vs. an Agent's license and the short amount of effort it would take to get it, that's what I did.  First I completed the course work for an agent, then the next month I took the Broker's exam.  I passed the exam, but still had to spend 3 weeks or so finishing up my hours.  Talk about boring...
Reality set in when I went to interview.  At first I was pleased that so many Brokers wanted me as their agent.  My husband broke my arrogant bubble by telling me they would hire anyone that could fog a mirror.  Sad but true, he was right.
There was one broker that would not hire me.  I interviewed with him, but didn't "close" him.  What did I know about closing?  Anyway his company was THE place to be at the time. His refusal to hire me actually worked in a positive manner for me. 
His rejection started a fire in my belly to prove myself and  SHOW him.  So I did.
I took to learning about real estate like a fish to water.  GRI classes asap, then CRS all finished within 18 months.  I've continued to seek higher real estate education, as a result, I fought the odds and won.
So if you are looking at getting into real estate or are new or even old and stale, you can beat the odds in this game.  It's not about the real estate exam, it's about what comes after and how you handle it.
Do you have the fire in your belly?
P.S. Gary Baughman formerly of Van Schaack if you are still around,  you probably don't remember me, but
P.P.S.  I can close you now.  :)

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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Whatever it took, Kristal, the fire in your belly worked. Congratulations on all your designations, your continuing education, the professional agent you've become, and the wonderful and sharing colleague you've proven to be here on AR.  I guess we should thank Gary Baughman, too.
Sep 15, 2006 12:55 PM #1
Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
Bellevue, WA
Good Job Kristal--I'm glad you got your CRS. 
Sep 15, 2006 12:56 PM #2
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

The message I get from this post and the great photo is that you focused on the horizon, on mid- to long-term goals rather than agonizing where the next deal was coming from. It's very clear that you approached real estate with a solid, long-term, career plan -- and you've executed it well!

Sep 15, 2006 04:25 PM #3
Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel
KK, we had a Gary Baughman (actually 2) in  the beginning  of our career too.  The first Gary doesn't take newbies, so he never  returned our call.  The second Gary implied that a newbie duo was destined for not much.   Guess they both missed out on this one.  Their loss, not mine!
Sep 16, 2006 01:51 AM #4
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

You can't get a broker's license that quickly in Florida.  A Florida broker applicant must complete the 45-hour (salesperson's) post-license education requirement and complete at least 6 (out of the required 12) months of real estate experience.

There's a fast-growing company here that will not accept new sales licensees... they tell them to go to one of the franchise brokers to go through their training courses and then come back for an interview in 6 months (their split is much higher)!

Sep 16, 2006 06:08 AM #5
Susan Milner
Florida Future Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral Real Estate Broker, FloridaFutureAgents
I like that. I've met several new agents who are worried about the interviewing. Most companies will hire anyone here & just base your split on experience then by volume.
Sep 16, 2006 08:01 AM #6
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