Becoming a real estate agent - Seattle, WA

Asked by Robert Jones, Seattle, WA Mon Oct 15, 2012

I am a recent MBA graduate and I have been thinking about changing careers. I previously worked as a IT Recruiter and have experience with cold calling, selling, and managing customers expectations/request. Are there any experienced agents out there that wouldn't mind answering a lot of real estate work related questions?

Thanks ahead of time.

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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Oct 16, 2012
It seems you have an excellent 'critical' mix of skills that can prove to be overwhelmingly beneficial in the development of a real estate business. Be fully aware, you WILL BE A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER and the buck stops right on your desk. That is both the reason to celebrate and despair. Those who have succeeded will assure you:
"They did it on their own!"
"They created their business!"
"Someone, however, held the door open for them to pass through."

Being a corp type from the IT environment you know about looking at results. You know to analyze cause and effect. You know not to be distracted by the noise in the system and to laser in on what matters. You need to read what I posted this morning about focusing on results..…

In the end, do what those who have gone before you instruct. Way too many newbies fall victim to the IDWDT syndrome. From the extensive entries on their "I Don't Want To Do That" list they set the framework of their own demise. What IS EMBARRASSING is failing. Do what you need to do. Follow the instruction of those qualified to provide such instruction. It's not rocket science. It's implementing the last 5% of the plan that makes the difference between a hobby and a career. Connect with an organization that has a historical record of RESULTS. From there it is up to you.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group

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Great info... Thanks!!!
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Tue Oct 16, 2012
If you decide to get into real estate, please don't cold call. This practice is embarassing to our profession.
To see what real estate sales is really like, try doing a few "ride alongs" with experienced agents - same as you might do with a policeman. Sit the entire time at an open house. Go on a broker's preview caravan. Attend a brokerage's weekly sales meeting. Try these things at several offices to get a feel for how they work and whether or not it's an environment you want to be in.
As I always advise potential agents, it doesn't matter which office you sign up with, what matters is that you have a mentor who is willing and able to bring you along and get you the best chance to learn and gain experience.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Mon Oct 15, 2012
Sure. Why residential real estate? Why not industrial or commercial?
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Good question. I guess I never thought about it and it seems easier to find information on residential real estate.
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Michael Brow…, Agent, Allen, TX
Mon Oct 15, 2012

I would recommend visiting a few real estate offices and talking with a few managers/brokers and agents to explore if becoming an agent is a wise step for you. Out of personal experience, it helps to have a chunk of money to cover your expenses for the first four to eight months. In addition, when I first got into real estate, I often found myself work 6-7 days a week, by choice, in order to be successful. No matter what you do, take your time and make sure you know what you are getting ready to partake in.
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I will definitely speak to a few brokers. Thank you for the information.
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Emily Griffin, Agent, Seattle, WA
Mon Oct 15, 2012
Hi Robert,
I've been in the business for almost exactly three years, so I'd be happy to talk to you about what it's like getting into the business these days - and sticking with it. I love my job, but I'm not afraid to tell you about the "challenges" as well. It would probably be good to chat with a bunch of brokers to get a range of perspectives.
Warmest wishes!
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Mon Oct 15, 2012
Feel free to contact me. I've been in the industry since 1999 originally as a lender and an agent/broker since 2001. I will tell you the good, the bad and the truth.
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Ray Akers, Agent, Seattle, WA
Mon Oct 15, 2012
If considering a career in real estate, choose wisely. About 10% of agents do very well, while many others struggle. The average salary is around $40,000 per year ----a decline since the recession began in 2007. If you're motivated, a self-starter, have a large 'sphere of influence', then perhaps you can make a success of real estate. That said, the average agent gets into and out of the business in about 24 months. I'm happy to entertain your questions.
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Thank you Ray. I will shoot you a message with a few questions.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Mon Oct 15, 2012
Walk in to the closest Windermere Office and ask to speak to the Broker:
You will be impressed.

Good luck and may God bless
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Any specific reasons why you recommend Windermere versus any other agency?
Flag Mon Oct 15, 2012
I may just do that. Thank you.
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