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  • A new career

    3 posts, 3 voices, 876 views, started Nov 3, 2008

    Posted on Monday, November 3, 2008 by Kelly Baker


    • Amethyst

      Last year around this time I decided that it was time to get serious and think of my future.  

      2 of my 3 children were attending school full time and the 3rd was in kindergarten which left me with 3 hours in the morning with nothing to do. The conundrum was. . .what do I do? I could go get a part-time job as an admin. assistant, or a retail clerk, but who would allow me to only work for 2 1/2 hours a day? What if I wanted to work in one of my kids classes, or if they were sick and needed to stay home? A “regular” job was not the answer, but what was??  

      After talking with serveral other moms about what they were doing, I decided to jump in with both feet and become a real estate agent. I know, the timing couldn’t have been any worse with the way the ecomony was heading, but I figured that with the slow down, I could educate myself - this was the perfect time to get on board.

      I was right, now was the perfect time. I have had a lot of time to take classes, attend sales meetings, etc. The thing that I am noticing is that there are a lot of agents who are jumping ship, which I can understand - they aren’t getting the same fat paychecks they were getting a couple of years ago. This is why it is perfect for a newbie to get on board, as long as you don’t need a paycheck for awhile! When the ecomomy revs back up, I will be a “seasoned” agent ready to go.

      So here we are, waiting for the ecomony to recharge itself. . .


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          Darla5 wrote Nov 3, 2008
        • Kandles,

          Hang in there girl. I am a real estate broker. Our office lost over 20 agents for the same reason you are talking about in this post.

          I have had my license since 1997. I managed big real estate deals. I have only sold residential and commercial sites for the last 3 years.

          I formed a team and we were booming. 5 subdivisions. We were mostly in new construction and that my friend has come to a hault. It comes and goes. This business is a cycle. There are times we are going 90 to nothing. Things are slower now. I do not do this for a living. This makes a huge difference. People that were doing it for a living really had to have a steady paycheck. I do not blame them .

          You are one smart cookie. Learn everything you can while it is slow. The market will come back and you will have so much knowledge to share.    

          Good Luck!!!

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          Sophieanne6782 wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Thank you both for the above advice and ideas, this is very interesting indeed, I just finished my 1st RE class (home course), hope to take more soon and take my exam maybe in a year or so. I have noticed many local RE offices closing down lately, but I think it will turn around in a while, the things will get back to normal, people will always need to move and buy and sell. Good luck to you both!

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