Do NOT get into Real Estate because you, "love homes," and/or you, "are good with people..." This business is very difficult, is surely not for everyone, and it may or may not be for you.
You are welcome to contact me to discuss further, as am always happy to lend my advice. Look me up...
Derek Bauer, Associate Broker
Real Estate One
Fine. You love homes. And you get a call from someone and you look at their home. Cat urine odors in the carpets. Dusty furniture. A moldly smell in the basement. Does this mean you don't want to be a Realtor any more?
Or you're showing homes to a client. You've identified half a dozen that seem to meet all their requirements, and you're really pleased. You show the houses, and your clients can't stand any of them. Or they focus on one that you really don't like.
Or you want to list a home, but it's cluttered and dirty. You recommend that the owner have it staged, to make it look nice and more attractive. The owner refuses.
These are common, everyday occurrences. Sometimes the house is just plain unappealing, and you do the best you can. Sometimes the house has potential, but the sellers can't understand. Loving houses just isn't enough.
Now, there are lots of great things about real estate. I'm not trying to discourage you at all. You just have to focus on the real good points and bad points.
Hope that helps.
I think if you love looking at homes and love meeting new people it's a very good start. As many have said, there is a lot more too it. It's a real business that requires discipline because the business doesn't just fall in your lap. I've been working in real estate for about 9 years now, but became a licensed Realtor just over a year ago and I love it. Everyone would ask me "why now? The market is so bad!" My repsonse is WHY NOT now? When is a better time to learn than right now? I've known agents who got in the business 5-10 years ago and business literally did fall in their laps. It was easy ... now they are struggling because they don't know how to really find business.
It is a fact, your are a lead generator first and foremost. Without leads nothing else happens. I started with a good company but it was more of a sink or swim scenario. NOT FUN! I work for Keller Williams in Brighton now and have not looked back. The training is phenomenal and I coulnd't ask for a better work environment. I've done double the business so far this year than I did in my first year with the other company.
Here's a great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQUhp4FNznQ
I'm not sure where you're at in Michigan but I'd be more than happy to put you in touch with someone from Keller Williams not to recruit you but just to help you make a decision regardless of where you go.