What's the best part of being a Realtor?

Asked by Scott Nowling, Saint Charles IL 60174, IL Tue Apr 17, 2012

I'm interested in hearing from you about a moment or experience that made a lasting impression on you and convinced you that selling real estate was the job for you.

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Deb O'Hanlon, Agent, Westford, MA
Tue Apr 17, 2012
At closings, buyers and sellers often connect. One is passing along a home, a special place to them, a place with some special history. The buyer is receiving that gift, and realizes at that moment that the former owner had a special life there. These are more than transactions; they are life events for people.
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Akil Walker, Agent, Upper Marlboro, MD
Wed Apr 18, 2012

When you take a person(s) who does not believe they ability (due to finances, know how) to purchase a home and then you help make it a reality.
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J, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Fri Apr 20, 2012
My defining moment happened while sitting in my office when working in the banking industry of 15+ years related to commercial/residential lending.

It was very clear the gap between the general public's perception and reality related to finances and real estate transactions. Regardless of education level, many were clueless as how to successfully get from A to B. I took my skills and knowledge in to a field (area) that has proved to be the most rewarding and challenging experience of my working career.

Selling and buying real estate to include distressed properties have been easy to achieve; however, the challenge has been educating consumers and helping them decipher of the information out there the realism of real estate transactions. Success in this business goes far beyond "shoe-box" services. We are guiding human beings on a path that will influence their lives for years to come. Clients are not commodities. Thanks for the thread!
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Thu Apr 19, 2012
Yes, the starry-eyed excitement of a dream come true new home owner is rewarding.

Of course, visiting a a previous buyer and observing the new healthy lifestyle has cleared the home of all pharmaceutics is rewarding.

Clearly clearing the way so a home seller can become a part of the lives of their grandchildren, sons and daughters and even siblings, makes the heart glow.

In each of these a fellow human being, so encumbered by great need, was liberated by solutions a real estate professional can provide. The 'ah-hah' moment of recognizing this crucial role gives real purpose to all those solutions oriented training and education conferences we so regularly attend. But now I know it is not about collecting letters but changing lives.

For every problem there are solutions. We have the good fortune to be a community of professionals who will share with each other those solutions that translate into purpose.

Being appropriately compensated for the ability to deliver solutions is rewarding.
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Rob Scaralia, , Cranston, RI
Tue Apr 17, 2012
My defining moment came the day I realized I was not so much in the real estate business as much as I was a business person who happened to be in real estate. It feed my entrepreneurial spirit and helped me understand the importance of working in and on the business.
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Hi Rob, sounds good - but what is it you do comparing to how you worked before?
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Kevin Olson,…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Tue Apr 17, 2012
It's a toss up between the showing where there was a tiger in the master bedroom and the showing where the alligator was in the garage (in a tank, but at eye level, and 5 feet long).

We all know how good it feels to help someone in a tough situation, or someone reaching for a dream. I just didn't know I could get this kind of thrill/excitement at the same time. It might sound crazy, but closing the door to that master bedroom is and always will be the best closing of my life.
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Jeremy Lehman, Agent, Garden Grove, CA
Tue Apr 17, 2012
I've dreamed of being an entrepreneur my entire life. I accidentally got involved in real estate at an early age and the business has always come natural to me.

I enjoy the excitement of running my own business and the flexibility of creating my own schedule. Also, meeting new people and doing different things each day keep it interesting.

From my very first transaction I realized that although our business can be challenging, it's extremely gratifying and nothing beats the "Thank You" when handing someone their keys at the end of escrow.
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Irina Karan, Agent, Aventura, FL
Tue Apr 17, 2012
Yes, helping my clients in the short sale of a home was the most rewarding, and it created relationships for life...One lady, a widow, whose son and husband died within 2 years time period, who had 2 other kids to support and no time to work (young kids) - helping her out - with her 26K in past due maintenance and the bank that "never" forgives 2nd mortgages - making them understand her pain and suffering - and to close successfully, despite many other secondary issues (like AC flooding that destroyed the floor - renegotiated post-approval, a huge monthly maintenance in the building where hardly anything sells etc.) - is probably the most remarkable and gratifying moment for me...

Irina Karan
CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Joan Lorberb…, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Tue Apr 17, 2012
Maybe I've been a REALTOR for soooo long that I forgot that one "aha" moment.

I just know that I derive tremendous personal satisfaction in assisting both buyers and sellers in reaching their goals. Many times the road leading to a closing may be very rocky requiring lots of hand holding and overcoming unexpected obstacles. But the pleasure of getting through the finish line and seeing my smiling clients at the closing table is what has made selling real estate my career path for over thirty years.

Broker Associate, GRI
Lang Realty
9858 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496
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Kay and Gary…, Agent, Gulf Shores, AL
Tue Apr 17, 2012
I have had so many experiences helping people in and sometimes out of homes. Perhaps ironically, my most memorable is a 18 month short sale ordeal in which I finally was able to negotiate my clients out of a huge shortfall on both a primary and second mortgage, overcome traditional guidelines and save the client a great deal of heartache and expense.when circumstances had already beaten them down. I had to "sell" the house three times to three different buyers until one stuck but it was worth it to help my clients out.
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Scott Nowling, Agent, Saint Charles IL 60174, IL
Tue Apr 17, 2012
That's awesome stuff everybody!
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Scott Nowling, Agent, Saint Charles IL 60174, IL
Tue Apr 17, 2012
Thanks Kay-an awesome accomplishment! Closing day was a good one, no?
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