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Davew, Other/Just Looking in Pasadena, CA

Hi, I'm starting out in real estate and currently working on obtaining my license. Seeking advice!

Asked by Davew, Pasadena, CA Wed Jun 3, 2009

I realize that the chance of success in this field is only about 30 percent as 70 percent quit within 2 years. Either they felt it was gonna be easy :o) or had some other form of incorrect vision that led them down a path of failure.

I want to ensure this "doesn't happen" to me and I want to have a clear and concise vision from the start. If i have to work 70 hour weeks to do it I will. I'm seeking the advice and knowledge of those who have put in the hours and done the time, so that when i get my license I can put my best foot forward. I realize there is no guarantee of success, but you can minimize the chances of failure and increase the possibility of success with proper training and knowledge.

Thanks in advance!

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Hello Davew,

First, welcome to Trulia. Trulia is one of the few “quality” real estate website bringing value to buyers, sellers and real estate professionals alike.

Valorie mentioned Active Rain and rightly so. You will find there dozen of specialized groups of real estate professional exchanging ideas. You can learn a lot from it.

I am going to give you only one advice: start building your internet presence as soon as possible. I wish I would have started sooner myself. You mentioned that you are willing to work 70 hours a week. Allocate 20 hours a week developing your online presence. If you play your cards right in this regard, within a year you will be able to generate more business that you can handle. A lot of it is free or low cost, it just takes a lot of time…However time is what you have when you just start, isn’t it? Where to start to reach that goal? First make yourself knowledgeable. As mentioned previously, join Active Rain and a few groups (Online advertising, SEO, social marketing…). Focus on working with Google. Use all free tools your broker and MLS provide (websites, syndication…). Post free online ads, blog on Trulia, Zillow, AR, Blogger…etc…

Again welcome aboard.

I hope it helps,

Cathy Chaudemanche
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Cozy up with a top producer and watch, and listen! Great training imbedded in that experience. Talk to lots of people. Don't be attached to the outcome. Listen to your clients - you will learn from them too!

Good luck!
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Get on Active Rain! You will learn so much from others, that are on there. They will also help you with problems that come up from time to time. Use social networking to get yourself known to others
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I am a newbie to the industry and am so happy with the decision I made. The one piece of advice I have is to work the heck out of your sphere of influence. Turn them into walking billboards by constantly reminding them that you are now more than a funny friend and trustworthy relative. You are the real estate expert! Ask them for the names of people they know who could benefit from having you work as their advocate. Don't try to get them to buy or sell a place, only put you in touch with people they know. After all, if you like your friends and family, chances are you'll enjoy working with their friends!

I also use Facebook as a way to remind people of what I do. I post real estate based status updates to promote myself as the expert. It's also a great way to wish people a happy birthday (it'll be posted on your welcome page when you log in) and you'll know when people go through life changing events like marriages, divorces, having kids, graduations, etc... These are all times where people will need us to help them.

I hope this helps. While I'm not a seasoned vet, I've learned some good tips I incorporate into my everyday work life! Good luck out there :-)
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