"My First Year As A Realtor" and I don't know what to say. There are so many things I could talk about, but which one would be the most important?
I learned from Liz Moras that my real estate career can be like a roller coaster ride. My girlfriend certainly hit the nail on the noggin with that assessment. It has certainly been a wild ride...
I entered the market at a low point and watched it go from bad to worse. I took binders on deals that died from the unrealistic expectations of buyers and sellers. I went to contract on properties that either the buyer or seller walked away from in the eleventh hour. I spent my pension money advertising listings that people took off the market on a personal whim without a second thought regarding wasting my firms resources, not to mention my personal expenditures and valuable time.
I had to learn to bite my lip because I realized some sellers did not give a hoot about breaching their contracts or me losing my investment in advertising and marketing their homes. I watched a few of my R.E. friends go bankrupt... I watched several of my R.E. friends close offices... I watched a handful of my R.E. friends get sick... I watched two of my R.E. friends die...
My first year as a Realtor was not at all what I expected... quite frankly, it really whomped!
I'm looking forward to my second year.
I love working at REMAX People Realty and I have an excellent R.E. Coach from TX who is helping me reshape my business model as an independent contractor. I love Club Chaos and Active Rain. I have lovely listings and buyer brokerage agreements with several pre-qualified buyers. I have a lot of AR road trips planned and great places to vacation with my friends. My hubby will be retired, so I can put more hours into building my graphic art, paralegal and real estate businesses, not to mention traveling with the little minions.
I may actually make it to London and see Poppy Dinsey and Tower Bridge. We are definitely going to Canada to see Liz Moras. M is also considering becoming a FL Sales Associate and Notary to help out and train up the boys to take over "the family business." We are thinking about building an art gallery to house "Stephen Noah" as well as a real estate brokerage house in Brevard County for 2010 called "Minion Realty." With a R. E. name like that, our advertising is certainly going to be a lot of fun (LOL).
If I have my way, I will be licensed in NY, FL, SC and TX. I am definitely looking forward to my second year as a Realtor. New York will always be my first love, but the traveling bug has bit me. I'm going to be running up and down the East corridor and looping around the Gulf of Mexico starting January 2009. I am soooo looking forward to collecting all of that lovely eye candy while engaged in the happy pursuit of new real estate deals... So much to blog about, so little time...
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