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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I do. My mother was a home builder and I got tired of being on one job for months. I preferred the marketing side and being able to have more things going at once. 

As far as the passion, I feel more along the lines of Fred Griffin for the determination and Mike & Eve Alexander for the exposure. Too bad now that I am in I realize the dirtbags are littered throughout the chain and nearly impossible to expose when everyone is protecting each other. 

Jun 22, 2018 05:39 AM
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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 do remember why I got into the business - to buy and list my own corporate remodels. I never took on another one after I got my license, I enjoyed working with buyers & sellers so much.

As to passion, I have to say I have more of it today than I did then! I absolutely love what I do and like my love for my husband, I love this business more every day!

Jun 22, 2018 06:56 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    I remember.

    The word "passion" doesn't fit me; perhaps determination / motivation / and drive are more apropos.  Yes. 

Jun 22, 2018 04:16 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Yes, to have freedom with my time and still feel the same passion today. 

Jun 22, 2018 05:27 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have enjoyed real estate and its opportunities for a long time and actually before I was licensed.  As far as passionate,  that's an interesting word and emotion for me and definitely ponder-worthy. 

Jun 22, 2018 04:09 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My son suggested that it was a good next step for our business, and he may have been right.

Jun 21, 2018 11:12 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

On a bet and I have been gambling on it ever since!

Jun 22, 2018 06:19 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 do.  Less passion these days.

Jun 22, 2018 05:11 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I was 18, entering the family business and did so because it was exciting. It is just as exciting today HOWEVER the attack on our profession increases, it make sour work more difficult. Most days i enjoy it but some i am ready to retire to a South Florida beach

Jun 22, 2018 04:23 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I got into real estate because we came back to the USA from overseas and although I was being actively recruited by Fortune 500 companies, I did not want to go back to the corporate world but I was too young to stay retired. I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial and this fit the bill. But passion? Not so much.... I'm very good at what I do and I like doing it a lot, but I would never call this a passion in my life.

Jun 22, 2018 03:45 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Why yes, yes I do remember why I got into this business.  It took me about a year before the passion set in.  Now, I wish I had got into this business two decades before I did

Jun 22, 2018 02:57 AM
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Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

I was forced to retire from court reporting due to medical reasons.  I worked for my my hRichard for a while, but he had a factory and it drove me crazy not to see sunlight or people all day.  So I decided to get a real estate license and have never looked back.  I love what I do today, just as much as when I started.  (Only now I'm a bit wiser)

Jun 22, 2018 02:50 AM
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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

Sigh. A tale told so often it's boring. So let's change it up!

In my last lifetime I was a gangster's moll.

In this lifetime I had to be a good girl and follow the rules.

This is all your fault Johnny Toretto!

I wouldn't say passionate, I would say joyfully adventurous and it's a lot like life.

Jun 22, 2018 06:19 AM
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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

Sure - even more so!

Jun 22, 2018 05:23 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The passion has shifted of course with experience but 28 years later I don't see myself stopping. I could if I wanted to but I don't want to.

Jun 22, 2018 05:01 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Because I really felt like my life wasn't complete without questions about water rights and how to choose a broker.

Jun 22, 2018 08:38 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I have never been passionate about it. Fred Griffin said it well and the reason I am still in it is because we are really good at it. -K

Jun 22, 2018 08:21 AM
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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've never been passionate about Real Estate. I've always been passionate about serving people with my expertise and specialized skills.

I've always been VERY PASSIONATE about being an entrepreneur.

The blessing and the curse of my life, is that at age 17 I founded Nelson Entertainment and worked my dream job in music,weddings, corporate events, radio and night clubs for 28 years. Nothing compares to that passion, except being an entrepreneur.

Jun 22, 2018 07:41 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes.

Jun 22, 2018 06:17 AM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

In 1991 I got screwed in a real estate transaction by a listing agent who was also the undisclosed seller.

I got a license to even the playing field...one thing led to another.

Yes, I still have a passion to expose all the dirtbags in our industry.

Eve

Jun 22, 2018 04:51 AM
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Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Actually I'm more passionate now then when I first started.  I guess because when I first started I just took everyone on board.  

Jun 22, 2018 07:58 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Yes. 

No. As the market conditions change and more of the dark side is present it's not as much fun as it used to be.  The dishonesty and greed bruises my spirit.  Even so, I rise above and continue to pave my own path knowing its possible to run a business honestly and legitimately and never ever causing harm to my clients. The amount of energy that does into protecting my clients is 10 fold plus from what it was 15 years ago. 

This does not mean that I do not enjoy what I do.  I do, very much or I would not still be doing it.  

Jun 22, 2018 07:51 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Independence and the passion has not dwindled.

Jun 22, 2018 10:50 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Needed to find a profession that would utilized the things that I learned as a retail business owner.  I am a natural sales person and love one on one sales.  I still do and love doing this for a living.

Jun 22, 2018 10:28 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I was a teacher.... could have stayed in that profession, but I felt like it was a parttime job with all the vacations.... I didn't know anything about real estate, so I took the exam and jumped into it.... loved it from day one.... I'm semi retired, and if I didn't have my workouts and participation with the local hospital weight loss program, and marketing to do everyday, I'd be bored.... 

Jun 22, 2018 09:57 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

We both get up with passion and anticipation of a brand new day...it does not matter what we do.  We just cleaned the downstairs part of our home and had a great time doing it.  A

Jun 22, 2018 08:05 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes.

Jun 22, 2018 03:33 AM
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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

I took a vocational guidance test  and it came out Real Estate Agent at the top of the list

I never got past # 1 on the list

Jun 22, 2018 06:25 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Yes. Most of the time.  

Jun 22, 2018 03:00 PM
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Mary Bakas
Keller Williams Premiere Properties - Glen Ellyn, IL
Real Estate Team serving the Chicagoland Area

Yes! I love helping people with their dream of home ownership!

Jun 22, 2018 01:33 PM
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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

I got in because my husband and I were going to fix n flip homes.   My passion is different today --- I know what it feels like to help my clients! 

Jun 26, 2018 12:06 PM
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John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I got into this business to make a crap ton of money and not have it dependent on some stupid boss and some invisible corporate 'ladder' I need to climb.  I wanted to work hard, be the best at what I do, and get paid accordingly. 

I'm very much mentally still right there.  I've definitely had some lulls and downs along the way, but I've been full steam ahead for about 3 years with no signs of slowing down.

Jun 25, 2018 03:35 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

The passion is still there with me.

Jun 24, 2018 09:34 AM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I was in corporate America and saw the low quality of management. Mediocrity rewarded. I didn't want a future like that.

Jun 23, 2018 08:41 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 was told I would be a good Real Estate agent!

Jun 22, 2018 11:16 PM