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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I don't even remember but, I do know that I wasn't afraid to get out and meet people, nor am I afraid to 'learn new things.' I do believe the toughest thing for me was learning to show condos in Uptown - parking, locating lockboxes and which complex features what amenities.

It took me about 6 months to get used to it - I would do a full tour as it was set up for the clients, the day before so I wouldn't fumble or get lost the next day with the clients!

Jun 05, 2018 09:58 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've been doing this so long, I can't remember any more. But I've often said one needs to get a good dozen transactions under one's belt to stop feeling like a "fraud." It takes some people longer than others to accomplish a dozen sales.

Jun 06, 2018 03:26 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Comfortable?  That's an interesting word to use---I'm still learning but I am more prepared than ever.

Jun 05, 2018 09:34 PM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Paul, not sure if I understand what you are leading to... I have always been comfortable in what ever I did,if it was leading a Mech Infantry Combat Platoon, or being the Commandant of an Infantry Brigade Headquarters Company, or being a Security Manager... or a Realtor... never a problem never a concern... Blogging was the hardest thing I had to learn:))Endre

Jun 05, 2018 11:21 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We jumped right on it! Comfortable, I don't know. But ready to go? A day... Honestly, I have my feet in a few different things right now, and though real estate may not be my #1 passion, I realize that despite everything else, it is my comfort zone. I know what I am doing. I know the ins-and-outs of the industry. And I know I am excellent at it. -Kasey

Jun 05, 2018 10:19 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  1 day.

 

Jun 05, 2018 09:49 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

There's a saying in radio: "When you get too comfortable in your chair, it is time to move on."

As long as by 'comfortable' you do not mean 'apathetic'.
I'm always confident that I can do the impossible. 😎
No challenge = no interest!

I'm learning a new MLS system today, 3rd since I started. No one's ever gotten it right.
YUGE PITA!
Can't hardly wait!
LOL

Jun 06, 2018 06:09 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I don't ever feel too comfortable. I know I can be riding high one day & shot down the next. As far as when I started out in the business, honestly, atleast a couple years before I felt like I was making it. 

Jun 06, 2018 06:04 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I am never comfortable with everything. Just this week on a listing appointment where he had his home and 2 investment properties, i felt nervous. I dont get nervous so i thought. But it was big, and the seller a strong personality from the start

Jun 06, 2018 05:17 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

as soon as I hit the ground running.... I didn't know squat....didn't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of.... but I survived it with on the job training.... 1978....

Jun 06, 2018 05:17 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Interesting question Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 

It's been 15+ years ... I do not recall how long ... but I know I studied the contracts extensively.  These days, I am uncomfortable when people say and do unthinkable things.  I am hopeful that all will go well and people will behave ... and that does not always happen.

Jun 06, 2018 08:37 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I was comfortable from the beginning... It was such a change from sitting behind a desk all day.. and I am a "people" person so was very much at ease talking with people... always learning new things and improving as I went along...

Jun 06, 2018 06:15 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

After 9 years, my confidence has caught up and I'm always on the look out for new things to learn, new ways to approach situations, etc. 

Jun 06, 2018 05:57 AM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I was comfortable before I even started.

Jun 06, 2018 04:46 AM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I can't say I am not comfortable with my business. I think it is the people on the other side of the table I am uncomfortable with.

Jun 06, 2018 08:20 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Comfort was not an option.  I had never worked in a real estate office before opening my first office after finishing law school. My family did own rentals as I was growing up.

Jun 06, 2018 10:48 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It was odd having a license and not knowing really what to do with it....

Jun 06, 2018 05:50 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

I'm second generation so can't really answer other than not long. 

Jun 06, 2018 05:38 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

From the get go

Jun 06, 2018 05:12 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It all just came naturally from doing mortgages, practicing law, sales and sales management! Never gave it a second thought!

Jun 06, 2018 05:05 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I'm still in that Learning Curve Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - familiar in many areas, not comfortable in others, probably because I don't do them.  In other career fields I was comfortable, meaning I knew enough to do my job properly, where to go if I had a question, and who would help me if I had a problem, within a 6-month period.  I should mention that was not a 9-to-5 job, Monday through Friday either. 

Jun 06, 2018 02:32 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

I never thought about that.  I have been fortunate to feel comfortable in any situation...I stay as long as I feel that way, if not, I am out of there!  A

Jun 06, 2018 11:02 AM
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Audrey Wilson CRS CIPS
Coral Shores Realty - Plantation, FL
Specializing in:New Homes, Waterfront & Relocation

From day one!!

I decided to become a realtor because of that reason. At that time I was a landlord and had two rental properties. I would sit at the computer and browse real estate sites for hours, comparing location, cost per sqft, last sale price etc, etc. It never really felt like work so there was never a time when I felt not comfortable in what I do.

Jun 06, 2018 10:32 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I felt that I belonged on day one and have never not felt like a part of the industry.

Jun 06, 2018 09:40 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Pretty much right off the bat aftyer owning retail stores for 16 yearsw but there was a lot to learn that only experience could teach.

Jun 06, 2018 09:13 AM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

From day one.

Jun 06, 2018 08:57 AM
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

3 months

Jun 06, 2018 08:32 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

For the first few months, it was an uphill learning experience. Now, though there is still new stuff to learn, experience has wiped away anxiety.

Jun 06, 2018 07:32 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

40 years

Jun 06, 2018 06:44 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'll let you know when I reach that point.

Jun 06, 2018 06:04 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I feel comfie being my own boss first day. Many later have other business interests. 

 

Jun 06, 2018 05:56 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not remember.

Jun 06, 2018 03:43 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

After my first week in real estate, I was hooked.

Jun 06, 2018 06:26 PM
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Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, VA, GA and FL.

It took me 2 years of doing construction lending before I felt like I knew what I was doing.

Jun 06, 2018 04:12 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I was good to go on day 1

Jun 06, 2018 02:26 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I was comfortable long before I was licensed.

 

Jun 20, 2018 09:25 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would have to say 1 years.

Jun 10, 2018 09:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not sure when that happened, but thinking around 5-8 years in the business.

Jun 09, 2018 06:40 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was comfortable prior to being licensed.  I'd worked in a real estate office for two years.

Jun 07, 2018 09:05 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

1 day

Jun 07, 2018 05:38 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - I still come across challenges.

Good news is, within less than a year, I knew I can help my clients - and get them the answers from someone, if I did not know.

Jun 06, 2018 11:07 PM
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Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

I do not remember, i'm in it for decades...

Jun 06, 2018 10:38 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

7 years, it seems a number for anything new.

Jun 06, 2018 09:42 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

not all that long

Jun 06, 2018 08:08 PM