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Jaime Baker, Real Estate Pro in Houston, TX

I'm new starting out in real estate, and I am wondering if working with a builder would be a good idea. Any opinions on that?

Asked by Jaime Baker, Houston, TX Wed Apr 10, 2013

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There are pros and cons to working with a builder. Many strong builders will train you and feed you leads. But you still need to be proactive and help the customer.

The negative is that you have NO Control over your schedule. A REALTOR friend of mine is working on site has 2 kids and has had ONE Saturday off in Months and had to beg for that. You work holidays, mornings, nights, weekends, ect. And because many times you have to wait for the house to be built, it could take 4-6 months or more for checks to start coming in.

On the other hand, you may have to build your network and it could take a number of months being an regular agent. You still work nights, weekends, mornings, ect but at least you have the option of telling clients when you can and can not meet them.

My suggestion would be to shadow a Strong ETHICAL REALTOR. See if someone will be your mentor and help you with leads. Do open houses (Done correctly you can get some good buyer/seller leads from these.. I know several agents that got their start off open houses). Take office duty (If it's available) and stay away from NEGATIVE PEOPLE.

If you go with a builder, be sure to ask UPFRONT what kind of schedule you will have and any flexibility, what your fee/split will be, how the leads are divided up, if you are able to work outside leads (Someone that needs to sell a house or if you have a friend that wants to buy a house not in the subdivision,ect).

Good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 30, 2013

I am a Realtor who started out working for KB Homes here in Austin. I now work closely with my old work colleagues who work all over the metro for many different builders. I hold open houses for them and promote their homes for the chance to represent a buyer or pick up a Move-up Client.

Yes, it is a good idea in my humble opinion. You can reach out to me if you want more info! Hope it helps and good luck!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 15, 2013
I think that is a great idea. Just make sure the builder allows for flexibility with your schedule. At least try it out and see if it works for you.

Ann Mc Guire
Weichert Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 14, 2013
With all due respect, wanting and needing flexibility does not equate to laziness. If I worked for a builder there's no way I could get shuttle my kids around all the time and still be able to do deals as I go along. I guess it depends on what you want and need in your life.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
Tim, not calling you personally lazy & sorry if I offended you. But the truth of the matter is many agents don’t turn 6 transactions per year, are not practiced at their trade, many don’t own homes and have credit scores of less than 500, are near or in bankruptcy and would say or do anything just to close a transaction. These people are dangerous and the public trusts them because they are a licensed Realtor® aka real estate expert? I am not a negative person & I want to encourage the newbies to go into this with eyes wide open and a willingness to work hard. I want the part-time players out of the game because the only good they serve is the brokers & national franchises, they just don’t have the skills to represent clients while doing 2-6 transactions per year; it’s a joke.
Flag Wed Apr 10, 2013
If you can get the job to work with a builder who is moving product you will learn an enormous amount in a short period of time with the added benefit of actually earning a good living. Is this the best position in real estate? NO but is it a good job to break in on; probably. Many who have posted before me voiced concerns over job flexibility & working for someone else & having a BOSS. These are legitimate concerns, but in my experience new Realtors® fail at an alarming rate (9 out 10 in the first 2 years) and most realtors lack self-discipline and are basically lazy (they call it a flexible schedule and use it as an excuse when they don’t perform) The best thing you can do is to put yourself in a position to perform as many transactions as you can your first couple of years. The one thing that makes you get better in a hurry at this business is practice. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
Hello Jaime,

Have you interviewed with any of the major real estate companies yet? Mine has excellent training programs available for both new and experienced agents. If you are interested please email me at and I can elaborate.

Bryan Faircloth
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
You don't need a license to work for a builder in Texas, but you won't have as much flexibility. You will have a sales job with a boss, and will have to be on location for long periods of time (50 hours/ week), instead of being able to work from home as needed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
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