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12 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEING A REALTOR

Last week it was announced that the state of Illinois has an unemployment rate of 11%.  The highest rate since 1983...

I know many people who are unhappy or uncertain with their current job status.  I have found myself suggesting a career in real estate sales to several of my friends.  Here are 12 reasons why...


12 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEING A REALTOR

  1. Realtors are truly their own boss  Although this might not work for everyone, I love working for myself.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

  2. Unlimited earning potential  Although I have yet to personally verify this, I have heard some good stories.  Seriously, it's not about the money.  But it is a fun way to keep score...

                                                       


  3. Flexible schedule  I don't enjoy working 9 to 5.  My real estate work can be done at all hours, and it often is.  Since many of my clients do work regular hours, I try to make myself available to their schedules.

  4. Real estate is a family friendly career  I have two young girls, Erin and Morgan.  With my home office and my flex schedule, I am able to spend plenty of time with my girls...

                                               Erin and Morgan

  5. Real estate is a cutting edge business  If you aren't growing your business with technology, you are probably falling behind.  Whether it be marketing with social media websites like Active Rain and Facebook, or using the latest tech gadget, Realtors have to stay on top of changes in the industry.

                                              Blackberry Storm 2


  6. I use Starbucks as an office  Not a specific Starbucks.  I use them all.  I find Starbucks a comfortable meeting place for appointments.

                                           Picture of Starbucks Coffee, York - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com


  7. Helping people  Purchasing a home is a MAJOR decision.  As a Realtor, I am immersed in one of the biggest decisions a family will make.  I feel I am the man for the job.

  8. It's all about the marketing  I love marketing.  I love when my marketing generates results.

  9. Real estate is a small business  It is not a job.  I learned working at my father's printing store that I wanted to run my own business.  Real estate is a business.  All aspects.  Marketing.  Accounting.  Budgeting.  Goal setting.  Sales....

  10. It's your business  It's up to you.  You can't blame your office.  You can't blame your coworkers.  The success or failure of a Realtor's business is all on them.  I like that.

  11. Realtors come in all shapes and sizes  Some of us look like grandmas.  Some like car salesman.  Some attorneys.  Some former teachers.  All can be successful...

  12. I become a better agent every day.  This is incredibly exciting.  I learn every day.  I love it...

 

Comment balloon 16 commentsKen Tracy • November 23 2009 02:13PM

Comments

Great post and all true....I love being my own boss. I love taking days off whenever I want to and love being able to do what I want, when I want. It takes self discipline and we have no one to complain to, but no one to answer to either.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 9 years ago

Great post!

Posted by Marilyn Harrell about 9 years ago

Great Post Ken.  I have only been in the business for 2 years but I wished I had gotten in a long time ago!!!  Best wishes from upstate NY.

Posted by Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411 (Norris Team of Century 21 Triangle Group) about 9 years ago

I love the fact that real estate is what we make of it.  I cannot imagine going to an office every day from 9-5.  Did that.  This works for me.  It's nice to LOVE what you do.  Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Ken,

Thanks for posting...

I personally like #7 (HELPING PEOPLE). Nothing beats helping a customer finance their dream home when they thought it would never be possible. You know you have really outdone yourself when you get hugs :)

 

 

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Posted by Eric J, Dream Home Financing (Eric J - Dream Home Financing) about 9 years ago

Ken,

Thanks for posting...

I personally like #7 (HELPING PEOPLE). Nothing beats helping a customer finance their dream home when they thought it would never be possible. You know you have really outdone yourself when you get hugs :)

 

 

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Posted by Eric J, Dream Home Financing (Eric J - Dream Home Financing) about 9 years ago

Ken,

I am with you; it is a great business.  And, each one of us could probably add another 12 reasons as to why we love it.

Posted by Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844 (Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office) about 9 years ago

Hi Ron, Eric, Michelle, Lewis, Marilyn, and Karen.  Thanks for stopping by.

It was a very easy post to write.  I will probably be able to add another 15 other reasons too!

I started 4 years ago.  It all gets easier over time...

Thanks again everyone,

Ken

 

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 9 years ago

Ken

Good post, with that attitude you will do well

Ty

Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) about 9 years ago

Ken,  i love your attitude and the fact that you love being a realtor so much!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 9 years ago

Hi Ty and Sybil.  Thanks for stopping in.

I might be able to come up with at "10 things I hate about being a Realtor" too!:)

Anyway, I do love it.  Sometimes it's tough love...

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 9 years ago

Ken:  Another awesome post here!  I agree with all 12!  Have a very happy Thanksgiving! 

Posted by Yuno Marioni, - Your Home, My Goal - about 9 years ago

i did a training call with my group on this very topic, my reasons are different, but there are so many good reason why this business is best!

www.workwithevan.com is the blog where my training call is posted. 

Thanks

Evan

Posted by Evan Russell (ERA Russell Realty Group ) about 9 years ago

Hi Ken... I can totally relate to what you have compiled here.  And I suspect that you will be able to attest to #2 very soon!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 9 years ago

Hi Steve, Evan, and Yuno.  Thanks so much for stopping in.

I am hoping for #2 in 2010!

I think it is a good idea to post such a list.  It helps to remember what makes our careers special...

Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 9 years ago

Great post Ken. I love to hear people that love their job, which is not seen as a job but more as a passion. Good luck to you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Megan Izdebska & Hanna Manoufar Chandler, Scottsdale Real Estate Agent, Double Commitment. Double Results. (United Brokers Group) about 9 years ago

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