Is getting your real estate liscense beneficial?? Would it be a great career to get into if you love homes??

Asked by Kate, Michigan Sun Apr 13, 2008

Im 22 and Im having a really hard time deciding what I want to do with my life lol

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Derek Bauer, Agent, South Lyon, MI
Sun Apr 13, 2008
You know, Kate, I get asked this question a lot.

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...

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Sonya Loose, Agent, Beaverton, MI
Sun Apr 13, 2008
Kate, Real Estate is a full time, seven day a week career. It takes time to grow your business and a lot of determination. This is a challenging market and a challenging time in Michigan...I am not sure I would like to be starting out right now. But, you can be successful and you can love your job while working in Real Estate...I do! It takes years to obtain some kind of balance between work and family life but when you get there it is very satisfying. I agree with Howard, take a Realtor to lunch in the area you are thinking of working in and talk to them. Good luck in whatever you decide!
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Debbie Lee, Agent, Chino, CA
Sun Apr 13, 2008
Well I believe that you need to love your job and love the things that go with the job. If It is only because you love house then it isn't for you. If you love being a service to people and homes then it is a great job. I love it. Even in this market
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Mon Apr 14, 2008
Absolutely great advice from Derek: "Do NOT get into Real Estate because you, "love homes," and/or you, "are good with people..." "

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.
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Lisa Bender, , Howell, MI
Mon Apr 14, 2008
Hi Kate!

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.

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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.
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Michelle Gor…, Agent, East Grand Rapids, MI
Sun Apr 13, 2008
I started as an interior designer....selling to builders and staging homes for realtors.............I do love homes, I never get tired of looking at them. However there is much more to the job. You need to be a go getter. It is relationship building, net working and sometimes the hours are long. It not a 9-5 job. I can not see me doing anything else, I love what I do. But it is work and not a part time job. However it never hurts to have your lincense............I agree with the others, talk to few not everyone is the same. Keller Williams Realty has a training program, that is very good, as some others do too. some do not have anything.............sink or swim!
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J R, , New York, NY
Sun Apr 13, 2008
It helps a lot if you have plenty of connections, for example you are married to an attorney who can send listings your way. Seriously, it is more about the people you KNOW selling YOU than how much you love homes or the number of people you know.
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Howard Koor, , Boston, MA
Sun Apr 13, 2008
Liking homes is one compenent of this business. Having passion about what you are selling is a good thing. Telling everyone that you know that you are in real estate is a help. I would say that what appears to look easy and straight forward is actually a long winding road to acheive success. Take a local real estate to lunch and ask them how they became successful. Good luck..........
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