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G.A., Other/Just Looking in 60004

I HAVE A BACKGROUND IN SALES SO i DO HAVE THAT GOING FOR ME

Asked by G.A., 60004 Sun Jan 31, 2010

HOW HARD IS IT TO GET STARTED IN THIS MARKET AT THE PRESENT TIME

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GA,

Honestly, I was in sales for 15 years.

Real Estate is NOT a sales position. You are a consultant, educator, advisor, and taxi cab driver!

It's a frustrating and rewarding "Career" all in one. You SELL yourself first and then guide your client's to either "sell" or "buy" properties.

The great attribute is that you're obviously good with people. To have good "people skills" is definitely a plus! What you have going for you is being you and working extremely hard for your client's.

Starting any career is "hard" but if you want it bad enough and will work hard enough, you will succeed. You won't know if it'll work unless you go for it!

Good luck!!
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Anytime you switch careers there is a learning curve, however, I have come to realize that the learning curve has no ending in real estate. Getting started in this market is not a problem rather do you have the diligence to continue and commit for the long haul. The changes that occur in this industry can make some agents frustrated, however, there are those personalities that bask in the glory of a new skill or newly gained knowledge. You have to be open to learning and changing with the market.

If you have a strong data base and you are willing to put yourself out there in the community, social networking, joining clubs and sharing your new career with everyone you know then anytime is the right time.

Sometimes we put too much emphasis on the sales part of the job and not enough on the people part. You really do need to like people to do this job. My clients and my fellow associates know that I enjoy working with them and that surpasses any sales skills that I may have.

Do your front end research. Talk to some area agents and Brokers before making the jump. People love to talk about what they do for a living and it is the best way for you to get a feel for the business.

Good Luck!
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