Monday, May 13, 2013

The "real" real estate agent” vs. The myth…

While attending a one week continuing education course last week at A Plus Schools of Real Estate, I heard the owner Don DeLucas comment about how licensing classes are seeing an increase in enrollment.  I am sure it is related to the improving Brevard County, Florida real estate market.

Although it is not part of the curriculum, I suggest the following be added to the course.  It is also good for potential customers of real estate agents....The "real" Real Estate Agent” vs. The Myth.

What is the myth?

The money is great, hours short and very flexible, and its just about opening a few doors. Its never getting dirty, driving a luxury vehicle, routinely eating lunch or dinner at nice restaurants with clients.  And of course there is the weekly golf outings at fancy golf courses.  And lastly, collecting a big commission check.

What is the reality? 

The days can be very long with many miles traveled. Lunch could be a hot dog at the 7-11 or a burger on the go.  Your schedule is the customers schedule although you can control some availability.  The expenses to be a Realtor®  are high and ongoing.  You are never guaranteed a paycheck as deals fall apart, buyers walk, properties fail to appraise, sellers decide not to sell, etc.

Real estate is one of the few careers where you can do all the work up front and never know for sure if you will ever earn a dime.

Finally, it is all about what you do - not what your broker does.  You work for yourself .  No one else cares if you make it in this business.

I chose this as a second (or third career) more than a decade ago.  I understand the risks.  I have seen the rewards.

When you are ready to sell your Brevard County, Florida home, call me.   Let's discuss how I can work for you to reach your real estate goals.