I am not a Realtor, but I was a recruiter for a large Century 21 firm. Grew the firm from 15 Realtors to over 150 Realtors in less than a year. It gave me the opportunity to see A LOT of Realtors, and how quickly the herd thinned out.
Generally, the ones you think are going to be KILLER - with their flashy suits, new brief cases and brand new Jaguars ... are the ones playing with pencils, drinking coffee and socializing in the break room with other Realtors. They go bankrupt and broke within 6 months and quit the business. Or, they blame the broker and try out another office.
Two of the best Realtors I ever recruited started out part time. One was a contractor and the other one was a pet groomer. The contractor had paint all over his jeans, ripped up shirt and always looked hot and sweaty. The dog groomer was always covered in hair.
As part time agents, they both consistently put up $1,000,000 in closed sales on the board. I know being a million dollar producer is not too much to brag about in this day and age, but that is highly impressive for a part time gig.
There was one trait the contractor had that separated him from the flashy suits and sports cars. That trait was being creative and flexible. He taught me A LOT about creative solutions to problems in the real estate industry. He consistently solved problems that nobody else could see, because he had a keen eye for opportunity and the ability to act and seize those opportunities as they came. He bought his first rental property as a lease purchase, just like Donald Trump bought his first hotel on a lease purchase. If he couldn't get his buyers qualified, he found them a lease option if they had the funds to pay his commission. The guy would just never give up, and he was open minded, creative and flexible.
The dog groomer wasn't as creative and flexible - but she was a BIG TIME net worker. She knew how to talk to people, and make them feel like a million bucks, like they were the most special person in the whole entire world - no matter how big or small their property was. She worked her tail off, and never gave up. She encouraged me to write TV commercials for the agents who didn't know how to write very well. I didn't believe anybody would pay me for that, but she did. And she always encouraged and complimented everyone around her. Eventually, I had a small, part time gig writing TV commercials and she hired me to write all of hers. Because everyone liked her, I also got their business as well.
Eventually, she quit her dog grooming gig, went full time and became the top producing agent in our company. Then she left and started her own brokerage and took about 5 Realtors with her.... more
We recently put in a retaining wall on the property and didn't have any problems. It came out really well. It looks good and is structurally sound. I think the best thing is to hire the right contractor, they can help guide you through everything.
Many RE schools offer refresher or test preparation courses. These classes focus on typical areas of real estate law that are emphasized on the examination and are usually only a day or two in length. My recommendation is to study as much as possible and then take a refresher just prior to taking your license examination.
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I agree that going back to basics creates the quickest return on our efforts. Talking to people, calling them, mailings and visiting them works best. Social media takes up a lot of time and our biggest hurdle to overcome is getting that audience to break away from their pc, i-phone and texting to actually commit to working with one agent and go out and look at homes.... more
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