how I got started | My mother worked as a realtor when I was
growing up, so I already knew about the industry before I began. I took a
course to prepare for the Real Estate Licensing exam and interviewed at
several companies to find the right one.
why this job?| I chose real estate because it gave me flexibility
(my children were home when I started). This can be a plus and a minus;
there are times where you can be available but very often you have to
be on the job and cannot control appointments and meetings. Weekends and
evenings are prime appointment times. One unique feature of this
business is the ability to choose to work only with people you enjoy.
why I love this job!| Real estate offers the chance to help
people in a time of stress. This close personal relationship with
clients is very satisfying. Before I went into real estate, I told my
mother I wanted to do something that would change the world. She told
me, "you will be amazed at how much you help people in a time that is
critical." You have to be part psychologist to deal with the emotional
nature of the buying and selling process. The variety of skills required
makes each day a satisfgying challenge.
my typical day| You're always on call. Some of my days don't end
until 2am. You can rarely take off a weekend. If you're planning a
vacation, you never know when things might come up, but you have to go
forward and go on that vacation. We take care of each other's clients.
what they are | At the end of the day, you cannot clear your desk
and say, "I'm done." If you are dedicated to your clients, they are
always on your mind; you are always thinking of how you can take care of
them. It's especially hard for beginners in this job. You have to be a
self-starter. No one hands you clients and there is no guaranteed
beginning salary. It takes time to earn a reputation and referrals.
all about growth | The upside is tremendous both emotionally and
financially. I always say that it is delightful to "tuck someone in" at
the end of the transaction. As an agent, you have a unique opportunity
to make dreams come true.