any advice on starting over in real estate?

Asked by Erica Davenport, 37763 Wed Sep 19, 2007

I want to relocate to southern CA but the market is slow there...i sell real estate in TN now but am from Southern California...

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Ntfeldman, , Tampa, FL
Wed Sep 19, 2007
Erica, What do you mean starting over?

You sell in TN now, right? You're previously from the area you're moving to, right?

So you know areas/neighborhoods and your way around... why do you say "starting over"?

The laws for CA and TN are different but not considerably. The MLS software will be a little different but essentially similar. The day to day execution is pretty much the same and I'm going to assume you knew people when you lived there before... although I don't know how long ago. You're going to have some relationships to "kick start" your career when you get there and you'll be able to do all the same day to day executions to run your business there that you run in TN now - plus referrals from your current office (or other TN offices too) to the SCA area.

It's not like you won't know where to start your day.

Forget about a slow market - in S. Cal you only have to sell one home for every 3-5 you have to sell in TN.

Do you grocery shop ? Have kids? Work out in a Gym? Go to church? You'll be fine... ; ) Meet your neighbors and get busy or work with a team when you get there for a while if you think you need to.

RE the other post, I too WAS with Keller Williams - for one year. There's a reason why. Look hard and ask a lot of questions before you make that move. No, I'm not trying to discourage you, just make sure what works for those other agents works for you. The book is worth reading - and they will give you one free for interviewing - just ask a lot of questions first.

Good luck to you!!
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Monique and…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon Mar 17, 2008
The market is slower but prices are still up in many parts of Los Angeles. It's not so bad in town. They say this is the best time to be an agent as many people get out of the buisness it's a great time to make a name for yourself. Keller Williams is where I work and is continuing to grow in Los Angeles. We have great training at our office too. As far as how to get clients, it's probably the same in TN as in LA. Open Houses, sphere of influence are great places to start.


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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Fri Mar 14, 2008
Welcome to our Beautiful State! Yes it is a difficult time for our industry but there is still business out there and people are buying and selling. Come now and get your feet wet, the market will eventuall adjust....and when it will be ready for it!
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Rebecca Cham…, , Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
Hi Erica, I don't think the market is slow here, maybe slower than it has been in a few years, but more "normal" now. I am a big believer in following your instincts and your heart, and if you want to come back to California..come on back you'll do great!
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The Hagley G…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
Ignore reports of the market being slow. Act and proceed like the market is healthy. Your career will; be too.
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Ute Ferdig, Agent, Newcastle, CA
Wed Sep 19, 2007
Hi Erica. While the market maybe slow in Southern CA, I think any time you relocate, there will be a bit of an adjustment period. Thus, a slower market gives you an opportunity to adjust and not feel like you are missing out on the boom. Having said that, once you settle in Southern CA, get a good lead generation plan in place and follow it religiously. I don't know which real estate company you'll join (I have not looked at your profile), but you may want to take a look at the Keller Williams model. No, I am not trying to recruit you. I am just trying to point out a model that works for a lot of agents. You can follow the model laid out in the Millionaire Real Estate Agent without being a KW agent. Good luck to you with your relocation to back home.
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David Welch, , Roseville - West Placer County
Fri Mar 14, 2008
ARE YOU SICK OF PESSIMISM YET? I say - you'll do great! Welcome home!!! You'll never want to leave again. I relocated here from North Carolina via Michigan about 11 years ago, and this is definitely home now! I have found that the best advice was just to MAKE FRIENDS! I can tell by your smile that you know how to do that, and you likely have a little hint of a southern accent, which in my opinion, is a great conversation starter! One doesn't have to know anything about the strategy of real estate to have a license, so don't be intimidated by the stats - though so many people have them, they won't be your competition! You already know more than most everyone that will be in your sphere of influence. Join a church, synagogue, or community service organization... Everyone knows a realtor, but not everyone is friends with one! It is intimidating to get started, but I can tell you are a motivated individual and you'll do great out here... Also, being with a company that provides you with customized training will be key! I am part of Connect Realty, a relatively new tech based Realty company... I am loving how refreshing and progressive it is! You have to connect where you feel comfortable. I'd love to hear your story of why you came back to California. I have a gal on my team in Orange County who just moved there from Virginia... She is facing the same questions as you, I'd love to get you guys together sometime to brainstorm!
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Hi, , Virginia
Fri Mar 14, 2008
good luck...............................
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#1, , San Francisco Bay Area
Wed Nov 7, 2007
Want an honest answer?!? Wait until @ 2010.
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Richard M. J…, , Sherman Oaks, CA
Mon Oct 15, 2007
Hi Erica, one in 40 people have a real estate license here in California. I hope that helps.
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