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