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Real Estate...Nine To Five, Long Lunches, Flexible Use Of Your Time, Lots Of Vacations Right?

The career, affliction, sport of real estate...the hours are so reasonable and so little effort put in for so much gain right?

kids picking maine potatoes What market are you working in anyway? (Looking agent, broker REALTOR up and down slowly) If you get hour long lunches, are working less than 40 hours and factor in several vacations on a drop of a hat, you must be "practicing" real estate in some place like Emerald City, on a Hollywood set. Or you are dreaming standing up and need to wake up.

Regardless of interest rates, market conditions in any market, an agent, broker, REALTOR needs to work when other people don't. Full motion videos really help clone the real estate agent and make him or her available to show AND tell about the local properties, the communities the listings are uniquely located in. But showings at 6:30AM or PM, delays in buyers showing up, keys not left where they were suppose to be by sellers. And the fun and games of tenants, appraisers, home inspectors. The weekends listing, tramping, doing more daily and nightly duties all come with the territory. Besides the hours, there are several other reasons why not everyone is cut out to wear the "R", the hardest working letter of the alphabet too.

maine lake islandIt helps if your dad and mom owned a business. Served the public and you as a youngster growing up saw the above and beyond effort of owning a business. The ups and downs that happen day in and out. Meeting neat people that are grateful for the help you provide, and those not so happy campers about anything you do right but that is never quite good enough. Demanding, pushey, inconsiderate folks are just as plentiful as caring, considerate, helpful real estate buyers and sellers no matter what market you find yourself listing, marketing, heading to property closings in.

Long hours, a sense of satisfaction when a deal comes together after a slew of road blocks, obstacles that prove how persistent, tenacious you are as the matchmaking agent, broker, REALTOR.

The guy or gal who has to keep everyone in the real estate boat in the fog, on open seas, rowing, leading the troops.

Not getting bogged down in pettiness, emotional drama and all together like a team. Moving toward the same genuine imitation wood real estate closing table at a bank, lawyer's office. Or when the towel has to be thrown in, not sitting and brooding or stewing but cranking up the real estate marketing even hotter, stronger. More determined than ever to get that SOLD panel screwed on your real estate brand sign speared in the front lawn, nailed to a tree. During the difficult real estate sales, remember the smooth sailing ones. And vice versa. Planning for anything, expecting the worst, pushing for the best case scenario and having multiple back up plans just in case. Taking nothing for granted, and serious about the privledge, honor you as an agent, broker have to represent buyers, sellers, your community.

 Maine, no one here is afraid of hard work. Not over populated. And everyone is friendly, family centered in four season paradise with little crime, no traffic, no pollution.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers

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Comment balloon 28 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • August 26 2010 08:39AM

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Lots of hours, lots of frustration, but still a pretty rewarding career we have chosen.   If someone wants the 9 to 5, long lunches, and doesn't want to put alot of effort into this career, it most likely is NOT for them.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 9 years ago

I love what I do - and just wish I had started sooner!  I wanted to be in real estate since I was 9!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 9 years ago

Andy, I love where your train of thought takes us.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

This is a well written, thought provoking article Andrew.  I don't know any successful agents who get the luxury of 9-to-5...most I know are self-motivated, over-achievers, striving to be the very best they can be while helping others achieve their dream of home-ownership.  Good post. 

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 9 years ago

My forty hour week means its Wednesday afternoon. Okay, not really that bad but you get the drift.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) over 9 years ago

Thursday is my hump day as not a five day a week job. But if you love what you do, the labor is not work, you enjoy what you were designed to do.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Great reminder for all REALTORS

Posted by Kevin Simshauser (Keller Williams Realty | Newport Estates) over 9 years ago

Hi Andrew...Great post...I 'suggested' it...Guess it worked...Enjoy the day.

Posted by Ernie Steele, Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) over 9 years ago

Andrew, 

Yeah, being a real estate agent may sound like an easy way to win the lottery, but we know the truth.  Definitely challenging in terms of hours and stress!  I do appreciate that my parents had their own business and I learned that I am responsible for me, the buck stops here. 

All the best, Michelle

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

I come from another industry, infamous for long hours and being on-demand at all times.  I used to work for several large technical companies and be available no matter what.  So real estate isn't much of a change for me, hours wise.

 

 

Posted by Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu (Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan) over 9 years ago

It's not for everybody, for sure.  So many entered the business with rose colored glasses saying things like "I just love houses . . ."  You have to be many things to be a good realtor.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 9 years ago

It is a roller-coaster ride and if you do not thrive on the excitement of the deal then the long uphill climbs to get there may not be worth it to you.

Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (LoKation Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Andrew,

Before I became a real estate agent, I had a vague idea what they did, and probably not a lot of respect for it either. That view sure changed about ten years ago when I got into the business. If the public only knew...

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

A lot of people think that all we do is help a few friends buy or sell homes, make a lot money, and take the rest of the year off.  They have no idea how much time is involved.  It's easier during boom times when sales are easy.  However, in the lean times we work long hours just like a dot-com startup.

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 9 years ago

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. People who grew up in hard times seem to be able to pull through any periods of tough times.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

I think we all agree there are trying times and rewarding moments when you make a real difference. We deal with people in an emotional business that involves life's hurdles like divorce, death, illness, job loss.  People can go through a lot, stand many tests and set backs but when their kids have to get dragged along thru the loss of a home, etc, it causes an escalation of not so happy campers no matter how caring, kind and considerate you are as the guy or gal weating the "R" on your lapel.

One of every four of us is mentally ill I have read many places over the years so that adds to the carnival, never a dull moment explanation of why people do what they do. When a real estate seller gets bruised up from a sale, often that seller as a buyer is not a bowl of cheeries in their treatment of another owner. Turn about hair pulling, kicking, pettiness happens. Playing well in the sand box, not running with scissors is our job in real estate day care. But the elderly lady who makes you tea, fixes you a plate of homemade cookies that you guide the home sale on from pricing, sale of furniture and touring units with you picking her up to find the right apartment is the reward, real treat way beyond what you get paid for the sale.  For 30 years I have loved what I do, like 99% of the people but changed so much in how we deliver the service, the property and community information. And I get out of the office, am not pinned to the wall by a desk like so many folks in other jobs.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

I love it even during the frustrating times.  Like now.  I too wish I'd started earlier.  I was predisposed by my upbringing to look down on sales as a career.  Although actually sales is only part of this job.  I do love the fact that I'm the one responsible.  I can design my schedule any way that I (and my clients) want. 

Posted by Kathy Judy (Tri-Cities Real Estate retired) over 9 years ago

I started radio broadcasting with FCC license at 14 at a local station owned by Howdy Doody. Then worked at a station during, after college owned by horror writer Stephen King. But 30 years ago last April, with a ME real estate broker's license at 23, did get in to the business very early. At a good time with 16% "don't take anything for granted" market. If you can make a living with variable rates up to 22%, well, anything else is a walk in the park and prepares you for the ups and downs. Good brokers with positive attitudes and adjustment to "see the market" make money every year, have fun doing it too.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

I have never worked so hard as I do in this career.  It has pluses and I work for myself but I WORK alot!

Posted by Stefan West, Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee CA Real Estate (West Realty) over 9 years ago

we just have a spigot in my office that we turn and money flows out

 

oh yeah... that spigot is called hard work

 

nice

Posted by Vince McEveety (Gilleran Griffin Realty) over 9 years ago

Andrew,

it is a tricky thing. We brag that we work long weeks and this is true. But please, there are people who work short weeks and do extremely well.

Would I rather work 30 hours and make what they make? Sure.

I am simply not good enough

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Definitely a lot of work....but well worth it.

Posted by Keith Kyle, Top Producing Agent (Vista Sotheby's International) over 9 years ago

So it's not just "Here's the Kitchen, here's the Bedroom?" Andrew, you're blowing our cover by telling the truth about what a work intense business this is! :)

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago

Erica...the potato picker childhood work ethic starts early. All four of my kids picked, learned the real value of how hard it is to earn a dollar. And how important it is to not let go of it without value in return. See the big brother Tyler with the gloves showing his little sister Brittany the ropes in a Maine potato field in full blossom? That's the secret...work. But work that feels like play because of the satisfaction you get from that "sport".

 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Andrew,

So true.  Real estate is a lot of work.  It doesn't mean just putting a sing in the yard and just showing houses to buyers.  We are professionals and to succeed, we need to put in long hours and do a lot more work than consumers believe.

Great post!

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) over 9 years ago

I got into real estate because I didn't want to work hard; only 4 hours a day 3 days a week; and I wanted to earn a handsome seven figure income from the fat commissions.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Andrew....I have done both and have no preference at this point only because I love this business. When I work harder, it usually results in me getting educated some more. When I work less, it allows me to reflect and fine tune the operations. I win, my clients win and this business is always looking for winners.......plenty to go around and lots to be done.......thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 9 years ago

Well written and oh, so true.  Thanks for a great read, Andrew.

Posted by Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 9 years ago

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