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Rainmaker
2,936,322
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Not hardly, Paul. Those who ultimately work with me buying or selling a home usually say at the end that they could never do what I do for a living.

Jul 01, 2016 11:25 AM
Ambassador
2,341,139
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    They used to.  Now they watch HGTV, and they think that I show three houses and then walk away with a big fat paycheck.

Jul 01, 2016 10:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,203,987
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

So many Rain friends said exactly what I would have said.

Jul 01, 2016 12:08 PM
Rainmaker
2,754,307
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

They know I am in real estate ... do they understand ... likey not. 

They do know I work my ass off to protect them and serve their highest and best.  

Jul 01, 2016 11:50 AM
Ambassador
3,896,348
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

They understand  in very general terms, but haven't a clue of all the work adn details that are behind any transaction, or all the issues that can come up, other than those they've heard about, or perhaps experienced.

Jul 01, 2016 10:18 AM
Rainmaker
845,955
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

My close ones do.

Jul 02, 2016 12:58 AM
Rainmaker
817,916
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Not at all LOL

Jul 01, 2016 10:06 PM
Rainmaker
783,546
Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

They understand I am in real estate, but many think that because I make it look easy, that it is an easy job.

Jul 01, 2016 10:00 PM
Rainmaker
633,704
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Not really.

Jul 01, 2016 07:25 PM
Rainmaker
1,675,236
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

The know what I do, but I'm sure they don't  know what I REALLY do!

Jul 01, 2016 02:46 PM
Ambassador
3,671,820
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nobody outside the industry understands what we do.  It's sort of like some of the government workers I know.

Jul 01, 2016 12:51 PM
Rainmaker
3,751,573
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

They understand the concept not the reality!

Jul 01, 2016 12:16 PM
Rainmaker
975,928
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

They know it is hard but can be lucrative.

 

Jul 01, 2016 11:43 AM
Rainmaker
1,551,713
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I'd say my close friends know and understand.

Jul 01, 2016 11:27 AM
Ambassador
1,247,008
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

They understand what I need for them to understand . . .  that I'll make each transaction for them, their friends and family, stress-free and enjoyable.  They need know nothing further

Jul 01, 2016 11:12 AM
Rainmaker
230,388
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

no, and i cant say i really understand theirs. except one friend , a ballet dancer , since i spent so many years doing the free spin building homes... i qualify :)

Jul 01, 2016 10:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,523,282
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

They know I'm a REALTOR but do not understand all the details involved in getting a house from contract to closing.

Jul 01, 2016 10:14 AM
Rainmaker
1,277,551
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

No and some get in to arguments with us because they think the know as much about the market as we do because they watch HGTV and visit Zillow.

Oct 11, 2016 11:43 AM
Rainmaker
3,975,208
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes and I keep reminding them all the time.

Jul 07, 2016 09:54 AM
Rainmaker
797,059
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - I don't really think they do. If they did, they probably wouldn't think I had such a great job.

Jul 04, 2016 04:41 PM
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2,844,456
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Not if they haven't bought or sold in a while

Jul 02, 2016 02:00 PM
Rainmaker
795,272
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Paul, My husband does not really understand what I do so I'm sure friends and others outside the industry don't either.

 

Jul 02, 2016 01:00 PM
Rainmaker
4,830,794
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

oh, they certainly do....they now understand what my daughter, Tammy, does for a living, too....

Jul 02, 2016 08:31 AM
Rainmaker
1,204,273
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, some better than others.  Depends on if/how many transactions they've had.

Jul 02, 2016 04:30 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,409
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I doubt that they really understand the job.

Jul 02, 2016 04:25 AM
Rainmaker
3,037,849
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Sometimes I wonder if they do. 

Jul 02, 2016 02:02 AM
Rainmaker
3,212,921
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

They understand they sell real estate but not the details unless we have had a transaction together.   

Jul 02, 2016 12:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,512,008
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I don't have friends.

Jul 01, 2016 11:43 PM
Rainmaker
2,413,880
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes & no...I always make it seem like I am not working

Jul 01, 2016 11:36 PM
Rainmaker
1,364,117
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington I don't believe they do know until they want a free piece of advice.

Jul 01, 2016 11:29 PM
Rainmaker
5,219,530
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Definitely.

Jul 01, 2016 11:10 PM
Rainmaker
3,048,869
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

probably not

Jul 01, 2016 10:51 PM
Rainmaker
2,925,064
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Not many know what really happens in real estate. Most think it is all glamour and no guts

Jul 01, 2016 10:49 PM
Rainmaker
3,130,994
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nary a clue except to calculate commissions without any understanding of expenses or splits!

Jul 01, 2016 10:27 PM
Rainmaker
1,813,055
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Absolutely 

Jul 01, 2016 10:16 PM
Rainmaker
1,495,710
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Absolutely not! It's unbelievable what comes out of their mouths regarding their knowledge of real estate.

Best one was how 'Realtors' crashed the market a few years ago because we were greedy & drove up prices. Needless to say, I nipped that nonsense right away & did a stand up at the dog park about who really wrecked the economy.

Jul 01, 2016 09:52 PM
Rainmaker
4,431,606
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No

Jul 01, 2016 08:55 PM
Rainmaker
2,801,733
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Not really, they just think I sit behind a desk and rake in the money...  If they only knew.

Jul 01, 2016 08:44 PM
Ambassador
4,005,723
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Few people understand what I do.

Jul 01, 2016 05:33 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,254
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Yes.

Jul 01, 2016 05:14 PM
Rainmaker
1,471,435
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

They do, but somehow it skips their mind to mention me to all their friends and strangers they meet.

Jul 01, 2016 04:29 PM
Ambassador
4,297,836
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - they do. And fortunate enough to have their support in my business.

Jul 01, 2016 04:15 PM
Rainmaker
4,274,496
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

We don't talk about it much...we are in the mood to enjoy and have a good time.  A

Jul 01, 2016 01:39 PM
Ambassador
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have some really good friends that get it and know why I always answer my phone, and I'm always late for gatherings. 

Jul 01, 2016 01:32 PM
Ambassador
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Some do and some don't. I am glad to tell them some of the activities in a day of real estate.

Jul 01, 2016 12:44 PM
Rainmaker
435,839
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

To be honest, I don't believe so.  The thing they know is that I work hard and all the time, but that my hard work has paid off in success and the ability to do things many of my friends can't.

Jul 01, 2016 12:34 PM
Rainmaker
2,394,627
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, they all marvel at how busy we are.  But then, we work when they are off work and are mostly in the office when they are working.

Jul 01, 2016 12:30 PM
Ambassador
1,769,605
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes and they always say, "how is the market".

Jul 01, 2016 12:11 PM