Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : "HOW DID YOU GET INTO REAL ESTATE?"

"HOW DID YOU GET INTO REAL ESTATE?"

I was driving the black Lincoln Town car home from the airport last Sunday.  I was driving my passenger, a dentist, to his home in Bolingbroook...

It has been months since I last drove a limo, but my buddy Chris needed a driver, and I can use the cash.

"How did you get into real estate?" the dentist asked...

"About 5 years ago, my wife and I considered selling our house," I began.

"We decided to try it ourselves, and we put our home on the market For Sale Buy Owner (FSBO).

"I loved it.  I loved showing the house.  I was proud of it and the neighborhood.

"I would stalk slow driving cars in front of my house.  I would drag the drivers into the house for a "showing".

"Neighbors would tell me, "Boy, Ken, you should be the Realtor for the whole neighborhood!" 

"Ding Dong!  The light went off.  That is when the dream began...

"I never actually sold the home.  I was a typical FSBO.  Overpriced.

"I guess I didn't really want to leave Chicago...I knew what I wanted to do," I finished.

"That's cool," said the dentist.

With that, we drove off in silence down the dark highway...

Ken

A Realtor you can trust. 

                                       
                                       -Look close.  You can still see the yellow FSBO sign!

Comment balloon 28 commentsKen Tracy • November 22 2008 01:30PM

Comments

Very cool story, I probably should have always been in construction in real estate but took a short detour and stay in Information Systems land. Phew glad I got to escape.

Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ken,

Glad that you acted on your dream. Many don't and regret it years later.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

That's a much nicer story than some I have heard such as "I wanted to make a lot of money quickly".  I did it after retirement because I had an investor background in real estate and wanted some post-retirement excitement.  I got it and I love it!

Aloha,  Richard

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (KW Island Living) almost 9 years ago

My motivation was simple -  a mid-life crisis. Not really, just had to drop the "management" thing!

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) almost 9 years ago

HAHA - that's a pretty awesome story!  Stalking the cars as they drive by.....HAHAHA

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) almost 9 years ago

Hi Leesa, Gary, Richard, Hal, and Orlando.  Thanks for reading.

I like the story too.  My wife got sick of the open houses...

I did stalk cars too.

Maybe I was having an early mid life crisis!

Thanks everyone,

Ken

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

Ohhhhhh.....so your a stalker, huh????  I never heard of someone doing that....do you think you can come by my open house and do that?

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ken - Good story.  I've wanted to become a Realtor(R) for some time but put the idea off while I was teaching because I didn't want to become a "part-timer" and I was involved with a number of other projects.  I did help other colleagues with their real estate math and tutored some from time-to-time.  I rekindled that idea after I retired from education and school administration.  I feel there are similarities in both professions from the point of view that in both we are helping people achieve their personal goals.

Posted by Jon Wnoroski, Summit County Realtor (America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Too funny.  I bet you sold the dentist! I got into it because I felt I didn't want to work for anyone else anymore.  I didn't realize at the time, that I'm a hard "boss" to please.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 9 years ago

Hi Sonja, Jon, and Siliva.  Thanks for reading.

He did ask if I knew of any land...

Even on a nice day at an open house, I will stand outside welcoming people.

I get bored in a home by myself!

Thanks again,

Ken

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

Hi Ken... When you find your calling it usually happens in a waythat you hadn't expected.  And when you realize it, it's usually a lightbulb above the head moment!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 9 years ago

I hope you learned your lesson and work on lowering your clients prices when they don't sell!

Posted by Robert Machado, CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management (HomePointe Property Management, CRMC) almost 9 years ago

Very nice story.  Thanks for sharing it!   I was an actuary before becoming a Realtor(R).   I had too much personality to stay behind a computer crunching numbers all day.  I am much more happy working with every day people in real life than working with stats and mortality tables.

   

Posted by Anonymous almost 9 years ago

It's always something like this.  I don't know of anyone who grows up and says that they want to be a lender or realtor.  Good story.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Regional Vice-President (Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage) almost 9 years ago

Hi Larry, _, Robert, and Steve.  Thanks for stopping by.

Glad I have joined the Ranks of Realtors.

Never new it would be so tough!

Thanks again,

Ken

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

Ken,

Cool story. I was a FSBO once....it is amazing the lessons we learn:)

Have a great day.

Cherimie

Posted by Cherimie Crane (Cherimie Crane & Associates) almost 9 years ago

Hi Cherimie.  Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday.

Ken

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

Ken I actually got into Real Estate to sell my mothers estate a couple of years ago. Having been a FSBO why dont you do more with FSBO's? or do you?

Posted by Stephen D White, E-Pro, ABR Cape Cod Real Estate (SDW Realty of Cape Cod) almost 9 years ago

Hi Stephen.  Today, I said I don't want to work them.

I go back and forth on that.

I think they generally want to much for their homes and are mad at Realtors.

I just don't need to.  They can call me if they would like.

Ken

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

Ken, what a beautiful home.  Don't think I would want to sell it.  After about 10 years of not working, I jumped at the opportunity to join Keller Williams with a friend of mine.  Although the business side of this endeavor hasn't been very successful, I have made a whole lot of wonderful friends.  And I keep on keeping at it.

Posted by Sallie Williams, REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS) almost 9 years ago

Hi Sallie.  Congrats to you.

Time in the market is very important for a Realtor.

The business side has been tough for me too, but it has been turning around.

Thanks for reading and good luck,

Ken

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

Ken,

I was the one who posted the comment on 11/22/2008 at 6:33PM.  I was not trying to be anonymous.  Just had not verified that I was logged on the first time when I made my comment.  Yes, I am a newbie on AR.   It may be tough right now in real estate but keep on building and solidifying relationships with clients (both past and new) and networking.  We got to continue to plant the seeds today (doing something to build our business one day at a time) to rip the rewards when the market turns around.  Have a great week!

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR almost 9 years ago

Hi Gerry.  Thanks for coming back.

You are right on.

Welcome to Active Rain.  I hope you enjoy it.

Ken

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

Hi Ken,

It is amazing how many people start in the business with their own sale or listing.

We are glad you are here.

December is traditionally a tough month so keep planting your seeds.

all the best!

Posted by Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 9 years ago

Ken fsbo's arent made at Realtors just MAD!

Posted by Stephen D White, E-Pro, ABR Cape Cod Real Estate (SDW Realty of Cape Cod) almost 9 years ago

Hi Kevin and Stephen.

Thanks for reading.

I have been a farmer, alright.

Stephen, you are probably correct, sir.

Ken

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

Ken this was great. I think it is excellent that you share your situation with us all. I wish more did this on AR

Posted by Edward moloney, Loan Officer Providing 5 STAR SERVICE (Edward Moloney Loan Officer GMH Mortgage Services) almost 9 years ago

Hi Edward.  Thanks for stopping by.

I am glad you enjoyed it!

Ken

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

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