Eat my lunch and call me hungry...but I get way way more excited with a good listing I know will sell then just attending a closing. I know I know backwards to some. But when you have inventory, something you know will sell that there is a shortage at, priced right...you're home.
Anyone else feel this way? As for depression dialogue going on now with seasonal light shortage and slower market this time of year...get busy gather inventory and working the phones, circulating. Scale back and do a budget so you don't get at the end of your limb financially. You are on commissions and need to keep savings for rainy day so you don't sweat when the income drops off. The best time to get into real estate is during a depression or down market. People still gotta buy and gotta sell. Price makes bargains to make it happen. But you don't take anything for granted and when things really get rolling you have that lean, mean time to keep your perspective. So many new broker never thought the rolling fast market would end. During the Great Depression many felt the same and looked for tall buildings to leap from. Save more money. Buy some income generating property...if you don't know a good deal..who does? Its your chosen profession.
Budget...what do you spend on groceries a week, what is the power bill, how much longer on the home loan. That's where the money is . The day to day details you may have ignored. Tighten that belt. Lots of fun things to do that don't cost a fortune or anything.
Heck spend the week end tiling your bath with the Friday night DIY talk at Home Depot. Saved the 2/3rd carpenter labor cost. Probably took you longer with a learning curve but you involved your kids. Get the enjoyment from a job well done. You spent the weekend doing something completely different than out at the mall, or sitting on a couch channel surfing and making way to many trips to the refrigerator. Okay okay...not as exotic as a cruise to Aruba...but you can do that next year from the day to day savings you find from the budget process. Shop for cheaper insurance on your home, car...everything. Shop insurance yearly. The savings is in the day to day.
More recreational no cost fun? Help the kids make that snow fort, ice sculture or tunnel. You're not too old, you need the exercise, the kids will remember the time you spent with them and it is way more fun and a change of pace from real estate. Maybe real estate agents, brokers just need a break...change of day to day..not to spend a ton that they worry about paying for when the Visa bills come next month. You definitely don't need more debt do you?