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Asked by Drew Langhart, Baton Rouge, LA Mon Feb 9, 2009

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Ann Dail Bro…, Agent, Baton Rouge, LA
Tue Feb 10, 2009
Real Estate is an excellent career. If you are willing to work hard, have self discipline, and good communication and followup skills, you can do extremely well. Also, there's a time period after you start before you start earning any income, so you need a reserve to get you thru the initial start up. Baton Rouge real estate market is listed as one of the top 10 in the United States for 2009, so it's a good time to get started.

Look for a brokerage that will give you individual training and help you get started in that first year. Many larger companies leave you on your own. Also, a company poised to teach you how to capitalize on the internet which is where over 85% of buyers start looking in today's market. After that, because you are an independent contractor regardless of whether you work at a CJ Brown, ReMax, Burns, or Baton Rouge Area Homes, select a commission plan and company that will help you succeed. It will seem confusing at first, but don't get discouraged.

As you are evaluating this opportunity for yourself, feel free to call me with any questions you might have. I went to college and trained as a chemist, but entered this field of sales later and love it! 225-761-0551 Ann Dail
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Cindy Quade, Agent, Saratoga Springs, NY
Fri Feb 13, 2009
Having been in this business for 25 years, I have found that there is nothing better then the newer young agents. To survive in this business and be successful you need a positive attitude and drive beyond normal means. I hear a positive attitude, but only you can say what you could and should do, whether you can and if the real estate business is in your blood. Having said that, if you decide to pursue this as a career, then do just that. Short term thinking will end you up right there - short term. You will also find that a negative outlook and what if attitudes will also find you falling short. Stay positive, get a plan and surround yourself with people that are willing to guide you and offer support. This business doesn't need more realtors, it needs more professionals. So I hope you decide to get with it and whatever you do is successful.
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Hugo Torres, Agent, Arcadia, CA
Wed Feb 11, 2009
"Get my license and begin selling". If it was only that easy.

Real estate is a wonderful career. It will test your mettle, challenge your business building skills and provide wealth if you treat it right.

But you do have to have to treat it as a career and choose a real estate brokerage that has a true mentoring program. Then with smart marketing and a solid business plan you can start selling.
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Helene Kurtz, , 70809
Mon Feb 9, 2009
Being a Realtor is a wonderful profession but it requires hard work and self discipline. As a Realtor, you can be the President and CEO of your own company. Your hard work will determine your success as well as your ability to relate to others and provide real value to potential clients. In addition to business savvy and people savvy, you'll also need some good computer skills. My advice would be to talk to brokers in the area, listen to what they have to say, and evaluate the pros and cons of various brokerage arrangements. I would also surround yourself with knowledgeable people who are willing to take the time to give you some direction and who have training resources. An agent's license is just the beginning. I'm an agent at Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners. Our office is one of the largest offices in the Baton Rouge area. If you'd like some info please give me a call.
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Dana Schuster, Agent, Slidell, LA
Mon Feb 9, 2009
The Baton Rouge market is hot,hot,hot! A great place to be in real estate!
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craig miramb…, Agent, Metairie, LA
Mon Feb 9, 2009
I say yes, get it! Just know that it is 100% commission based, so in the beginning it may be tough, but you have to stick through it and build your client base. Feel free to email me if you would like to speak more, I am a broker in Metairie,
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