Are there any real estate agents unhappy or unsatisfied with with being an agent?

Asked by Justin F., Lancaster County, PA Wed Feb 11, 2009

Just curious to know is it a satisfying job.

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Cheryl Fuss, Agent, Lancaster, PA
Wed Feb 11, 2009
Hi Justin,
I love, love, love being a Realtor. I work with new construction as well as resales so I work with a variety of different types of homes. I love my clients and they not only become my clients but also my friends. I worked for many years in a 8:00-4:30 job as a Cardiac Tech and decided to switch gears and become a Realtor. The flexibility is wonderful. There are ups and downs with this career as with any career. You just need to keep a positive mindset and it all works out. I find being a Realtor is fun, exciting and very rewarding. I enjoy getting up and going to "work" every day and that is so important with any career that you have. I can honestly say that I am not unhappy as a Realtor and if I were I'd choose to do something else. Attitude determines altitude and I want to keep soaring higher and higher as a Realtor. Best wishes to you!
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Eileen Musser…, Home Owner, York, PA
Thu Feb 12, 2009
Hi, Jason,

Thanks for asking. The last year or two have been a real challange for many agents and some have decided to move on to something else. Others have found a way to adapt to the current market and are doing quite well. Several years ago the market was so hot that if you just showed up and did a few basic things you could make a living. Now you have to apply some serious discipline and take the job very seriously.

This is a self screening career. I was told that only 1 to 2% of folks who take the classes to become Realtors stay in the business for more than 18 months.

If you are thinking about getting into the business there are some questions you should ask yourself.

1. Are you able to survive for several months making almost NO money? For most agents it takes a year or two to build up to a moderate income. You should have a minimum of 6 months living expenses set aside before you "give up your day job".

2. Do you have the discipline to be your own boss? Your manager or Broker will help you with some training and other encouragement and support, but it will be up to you to get up every day and do the things that have to be done to be successful.

3. Do you really like people? Can you give yourself away in order to get what you want back?

4. Are you tough enough? You have to be prepared for lots of rejection, some of it intentional and some of it completely unintended. Your best friend probably knows three or four Realtors. Only one of you is going to be his agent.

5. Do you have the skills and ability to do the job. You will have to take the classes and pass the tests. You don't have to be a genius, but you do need good writing, reading and math skills.

6. Are you computer savvy? The internet is becoming hugely important to Realtors and their customers. (But here you are talking to us on the net, so you probably have a good start on that!)

Those are just a few things to think about. If you want to consider becoming a Realtor you might ask to shadow an agent for a day or two, or at least interview several agents. You have made a start on that by asking this question.

Why don't you go ahead and take the classes? It doesn't cost a great deal of money and will give you some good information that you will be able to use to do your own investments, or buy your next home. If you like what you see take the exam. There are Brokerages that offer to train you. Interview carefully to see who seems to be the best fit for you. For some people working as an assistant to an established agent is a great way to test drive the career while still bringing in a small paycheck.

Are there some unhappy agents? You betcha! But most of us can't imagine going back to doing anything else! It's a great job if you can stand it!

Thanks for asking. By the way, if you got through my long tirade you are pretty much pre-screened for the job!

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Terrence Cha…, Home Owner, Allentown, PA
Wed Feb 11, 2009
Well, it is getting VERY challenging. I've heard of some agents trying to get a paying job because they can't get work. I've heard of partimers being forced to work full time because they got laid off from their paying job.

If an agent can survive through the tough times, they can do anything.

Terrence Charest, e-Pro
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Peggy Gist, Agent, Hanover, PA
Thu Feb 12, 2009
I am dissatisfied when I am not busy. I LOVE when I can help people find their first home and assist them in the process. I am dissatisfied when the market is "stale" and I can't get my seller's home sold. I have been in this business for 18 years and have NEVER seen it like this market. It is a fierce animal that can't seem to be tamed.

New people have to realize that when the market is good they need to put money away for leaner times. Too many agents spend every penny they make because they think it is never going to end. I am here to tell you, it can end quicker than you think and you need to be prepared to ride the storm. Dedication, training and knowledge are VERY important.
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Hugo Torres, Agent, Arcadia, CA
Wed Feb 11, 2009
I couldn't imagine doing anything else. This career is challenging in nearly all aspects. Marketing, Business Management, Psychology...the list just goes on and on. Very happy here.
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