Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I say great, now there will be 51 agents competing for every listing rather than 50.

Sep 07, 2017 06:02 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Yes I do & I often say 'please don't.' It's not what you think it is at all. (run!!! ... save yourself !!!!)

Sep 07, 2017 06:15 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I discuss the importance of business skills, reserves, networking to build a CRM and working by referral over buying leads. I mention Active Rain and Buffini & Company too.

Sep 07, 2017 06:26 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Someone contacted me through facebook recently.  We are connected through facebook but never really chat.  She's wanting to become an agent. All she can think is the flexible schedule, the commission (she doesn't know that we have to split our commission with our broker plus all other costs in running the business), how she likes to educate clients etc. After talking to her I told her to really think about it again but since she already made up her mind I didn't want to say to much anymore. Too many people think real estate is an easy job and get into the business.  I'm finding out that 90% of new agents from my previous brokerage have left the business. 

Sep 07, 2017 12:05 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

glutton for punishment....

Sep 07, 2017 07:26 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Play with matches.  It's safer.

Sep 07, 2017 07:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Know what you are getting into. It takes money to build a business. A broker is not your mom or dad. You only get paid when you close. We have to get business - it does not come to us. Relatives and friends may not want to work with you ... and know that is okay.   

Get your license. Find a good mentor. 

The list goes on and on.

Sep 07, 2017 06:19 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like telling them the good, the bad and the ugly. Most will change their mind when they learn there is no guaranteed paycheck

Sep 07, 2017 05:41 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

The great Dr. Hunter S Thompson said this about the music business, and your question reminded me of it, applied to ours:

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

Sep 07, 2017 03:15 PM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

I ask them a lot of questions about which type of real estate, commercial, rentals, residential? to make sure they ahve done some reserach on it. I ask them why- some have some great answers and reasons. - after all didn't most of us switch to real estate after other careers?  I know I did.  It was slow at first, but totally doable.  The main thing that I tellpeople is that have to be completely self motivated.  The deal dont just appear, especially at the beginning, until you've putin a whole lot of effort. I do tell them that it is a great business, but very competitive. 

Sep 07, 2017 07:29 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I ask them what their expectations are and go from there.

Sep 07, 2017 06:53 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

When I hear that I don't consider that person "real." And I ignore. 

Sep 07, 2017 06:05 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I bought a van from a guy who said that to me today. will be sharing some info with him on this in the next few weeks.


Sep 07, 2017 09:05 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I hear that all the time - I give them a truthful answer. 4 of those people I now have working for me! LOL

Sep 07, 2017 04:51 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I pretend I did not hear them...and walk away as fast as possible.


Sep 07, 2017 03:35 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

You'll have to move to Utah !

Sep 07, 2017 11:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Great.  Is there anything else you're thinking about?   We still have another 49 minutes on the clock before the next patient shows up.   Oops...wrong script.   

Sep 07, 2017 09:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would suggest taking some classes.


Sep 07, 2017 08:18 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I put the squeeze on with a statement like "Very interesting, you don't look anywhere near retirement age." Seek some youth to build your company!

Sep 07, 2017 08:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


My typical response is "good for you!"  And then we move on.  A

Sep 07, 2017 07:58 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I tell them it is a rewarding profession, but it is not as easy as some think.

Sep 07, 2017 06:20 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Think it through. Are you planning a niche? Do you have a budget and reserves to live on for a period of time? Will you seek a mentor? Will you look for a coach? Are you really willing to spend the time? Will you focus on buyers or sellers? (Why?)

Sep 07, 2017 05:50 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I encourage them to go for it but to count the cost BEFORE they take the leap. Most of them have no idea how expensive it can be.

Sep 08, 2017 06:45 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Might you considet telling them to "run!"?

Sep 08, 2017 06:26 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kathleen Daniels nailed this one!

Sep 08, 2017 05:56 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 I just say, good luck!

Sep 07, 2017 08:34 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I heard a similar question this weekend, Do you think I would make a good real estate agent? I never had to answer as someone in the conversational group changed the subject.

Sep 07, 2017 06:54 PM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I wish them good luck. :)

Sep 07, 2017 06:50 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We saw this during the last boom - and when we busted, most of these people found other careers. 

Sep 07, 2017 03:42 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have a "coming to jesus" talk with them and tell them all about school v. the real world, costs, reserves, hours, commission splits... basically all the negatives.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Sep 07, 2017 02:23 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When someone needs money, has time on their hands or thinks big, they all reach for the low-hanging fruit. Its too easy to get licensed... thus step one

Sep 07, 2017 07:25 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 Going into real estate is starting a business. Do you have the necessary start up funds and income saved to carry you through until your first commission check?

Sep 07, 2017 06:15 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

C'mon over! There's plenty of room!

Sep 19, 2017 01:39 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, I just ask them if they are nuts.

Sep 09, 2017 03:43 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Wish them good luck.

Sep 09, 2017 03:58 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I haven't gotten this question recently.

Sep 08, 2017 09:39 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 - here's my answer -

You are more than welcome! Let me know how I can help you.

Sep 07, 2017 11:04 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That was what Donald Trump thought. He even had a RE Investment University hired people with questionable characters....

Sep 07, 2017 06:04 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Boy that is a long subject when people bring it up to me.


Sep 07, 2017 02:03 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I tell then to do a bit more research.  I also ask them if they realize that over 90% drop out within the first year.

Sep 07, 2017 06:44 AM