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How did you become involved in real estate?

Asked by damlee, Chicago, IL Sun Sep 30, 2012

What sets you apart from other realtors in your area?What do like the most about your profession? What is the most difficult thing as a Realtor?

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I started with owning a rental property, and then another, and another. Due to the rentals I had friends and friends of friends coming asking me real estate questions. One year I referred 7 buyers to agent friends of mine. A that point I realized I should be doing real estate.

My wife and I started real estate sales as a side job, but it has blown up. I credit that mainly to just providing great service. Let's face it, a lot of the competition is not that great at what they do. Just provide better service, better information, and better communication then the rest.

I like the freedom of being our own our own boss, the social aspect of getting out and meeting people, finding great deals and seeing properties all over the area.

I think the most difficult thing is dealing with the occasional drama filled irrational client or other agent.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 6, 2012
It fit what I was looking for in terms of my skill set. Several friends encouraged me to try it. It's something I've always kind of watched from a distance, and when I was ready for a career change it rose to the top of possibilities. I've enjoyed it!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 2, 2012
My current Boss new my personality and here I am.
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I grew up in a real estate family and at fifteen years old I was working part time with a real estate law offices. After 12 years, I have to move to South Florida and I start working as a sales associates for a big company. I hold that position for fifteen years, but at that time I need a flexible schedule to enjoy my family. That is when I decided that real estate will fit right into my future.
Real estate is an area that always appealed to me, is a challenging career and it could be a very stressful life. A home is one of the largest investment people make and they want to take their time looking and selecting their dream home. That is the reason why you can sell a house every day.
But if you find a job that you are passionate about and love, you never have to work a day in your life.

Maria Cipollone

http://www.Flahomespecialist.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2012
About 6 years ago I made a decision it was time to get off the corporate fast track and had the luxury of the 2 year severance package--spent the first year recovering from what the tremendous had done to me and well into year 2 begin looking for what I was going to do to begin making a living again. My brother who has been a Broker for more than 30 years mentioned to me one day that he thought I should think about getting my license ... and, as they say, the rest is history.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
I first got started in real estate when I found my first apartment. I thought that I would be good at it, but that it also would be fun and interesting. So my first year was all rentals and then made the move into sales in my second year.

There are a lot of difficult aspects of real estate. First of all, you need to become a master at marketing and drumming up business otherwise you won't put food on the table. Next, is that no 2 transactions are exactly the same. As a result, you need to always be alert, so you can make sure the deal doesn't fall through. This makes everyday interesting, but it also means that you have to be good at problem solving.

I try to set myself apart by not disappearing before, during, or after the transaction. Try to answer their questions before they even ask it. They will be forever grateful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
I first got started in real estate when I found my first apartment. I thought that I would be good at it, but that it also would be fun and interesting. So my first year was all rentals and then made the move into sales in my second year.

There are a lot of difficult aspects of real estate. First of all, you need to become a master at marketing and drumming up business otherwise you won't put food on the table. Next, is that no 2 transactions are exactly the same. As a result, you need to always be alert, so you can make sure the deal doesn't fall through. This makes everyday interesting, but it also means that you have to be good at problem solving.

I try to set myself apart by not disappearing before, during, or after the transaction. Try to answer their questions before they even ask it. They will be forever grateful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
I worked with my step dad. He owned apartment complexes and single family homes. I helped manage them and the maintenance guys, along with doing some of the work myself. We started flipping houses, and then my wife joined me. A few years later we decided that being full time Realtors in Fort Wayne was perfect for us. Four years later we know we made the right choice. Great question!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 7, 2012
I agree with Keith. The only part that makes me cringe is the irrational client drama. And sometimes the irrational agent drama. But truly for me, those have been few and far between. I recently took the Certified Negotiation Expert course, and now feel more prepared to handle these situations.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 6, 2012
It's a challenging career that can be very lucrative. Judging from the Realtors out there, I knew that I could do very well.





Sohail A. Salahuddin | Group Founder

Innovative Property Consultants Group | Sales and Leasing

http://www.innovativepropertyconsultants.com



Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 6, 2012
Had an Aunt(passed away 15 years ago) who was a Schoolteacher & part time Real Estate Agent. Even though she was in a neighboring state she told me I would make a good Agent. Took her up on her thought 12 years ago and thank her everyday(Thanks Irene!)

P.S. Also was a USPS Letter Carrier for an overlapping 10 years but top 10 Agent in my office from the first year on(60+ Agents)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 2, 2012
I was in the rehabbing business, agents weren't giving me the service I wanted so I went for my license. I make my own schedule, meet new people all the time, and there's no limit to my income. You got to have passion for your career to make it through.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 2, 2012
Hello Damlee

I personally started as an investor in Real Estate. I bought a few places and then decided to pursue a license that would give me more access to data. As this trend evolved, I started helping people buy/sell their real estate as well. I did very well as I always asked the question "would I buy this?". Now I mainly represent buyers/investors and sellers.

I love working with people and finding deals that others don't necessarily see. I love going off the 'beaten path' to uncover properties that are worthy investments.

Nick Gandhi
Equity Capital Real Estate
(203) 280 3838
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 2, 2012
You have to be able to accept rejection and keep on moving forward on your next opportunities. As per the profession, you do not have to wait for the person ahead of you to retire in order to get a promotion. If you are good, you can shoot to the top. No limits.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 1, 2012
the business is full of aggressive people..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 1, 2012
I was recruited by my daughter to work as a team...the market fell, she went back to work as a TV producer and I am here on my own!
I try to be the hardest working agent, always answering my phone or returning calls as soon as possible...customer service! I hear all the time- I cant believe you called back. I called so and so and they never returned my call.
The best thing for me is marketing- I love it.
The hardest thing is when people use us as tour guides, we show them every home in the area spend hours with them and they really have no intentions of buying. We are often left feeling used and misunderstood. For the most part The people I work with are wonderful and I have learned more about qualifying customers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 1, 2012
When 20 years ago I was looking for my first house, I worked with multiple agents and none of them were informed enough, experienced enough or enthusiastic enough. After speeding a year working with agents, I decided that the only way I can find a house I want is to become an agent myself. Same year I graduated from Real Estate Academy and got my license. I started looking at properties and found that none of the existing homes met my needs. So I started looking at new constructions and I felt in love with the idea of building house from ground up. I loved it so much that I quit my full time job and became a sales agent for one of the largest luxury builders in the area. Since that time I have purchased many brand new homes for my family and friends, and I love working with buyers of new construction homes. Any time there is a new construction in my area (and sometimes way out of the area) you can count on me being one of the first realtors there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2012
I became involved in Real Estate, when I referred a friend to the agent, I had just used to buy my home.The agent sent me a lovely basket and a gift card, as a thank you. I asked myself why not get my lincense and help people buy their first home?


What I love about being a realtor is meeting people from all over. I have made some great long lasting relationships during my ten year career. The joy of knowing I have helped a young couple get their first home gives me such joy.

The most difficult thing I face as a realtor ,are clients who do not repsect my time and how hard I work for them. I must say this has not happened to me often, but even once is enough to make you want to pull your hair out.

What gets me apart from other realtors in my area is I WANT to work with buyers, other agents WILL work with buyers, but really prefer working only with sellers.

Kawain Payne, Realtor®
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2012
What sets me apart probably is that I am addicted to my profession. When not working with clients, I'm watching it on TV, taking classes, or reading about it. Also I am very connected and responsive so my clients can text, email or phone and know that I will get back to them in a short time.

I can't believe I get paid to do what I do. Just this week I told my husband that my career is like a drug. I love the highs. Delivering keys to my buyers is an awesome day and I never forget what that felt like to me when I had my first home. I get to relive that over again with my clients.

The most difficult thing is what is outside of my control. Unprofessional agents who don't call back, difficulty in getting access to the property, and in today's market the competition that well qualified buyers who can get a loan can't get a house because of cash buyers. Even cash buyers loose out on offers.

What about you?
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2012
I wanted to be come an investor that is why I became involved in real estate. It evolved into helping persons build and grow wealth thru real estate.

most difficult aspect is when you work for someone you have to work within their confines thus it can frustrating at times.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 30, 2012
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