Bert Spangenthal, Let's see what is out my front door. (Retired Realtor)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Transaction coordinator, VA.  Katerina Gasset might have some suggestions on where you could find VA work.


Also, do not give up your license.  Keep it, just get rid of the association of realtor memberships.  That way if someone calls you and needs a referral to a new agent, you can get that referral fee.  Otherwise you're limited to a "hearty thank you."  You don't need to be a "realtor" for that, just have a license.

Dec 05, 2018 09:13 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

In Texas you could be a virtual assistant or transaction coordinator without a license, just as long as you don't perform any duties where a license is required.

Dec 05, 2018 08:44 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Can you keep your license active?  It would give you much more freedom to be a VA or transaction coordinator.

Dec 05, 2018 09:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You could be a transaction coordinator but a lot depends on Ohio laws as to what unlicensed individuals can do.

Dec 05, 2018 09:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Bert Spangenthal if you are asking if you can be a Realtor without a license the short answer is NO. However being in much the same position as yourself I am a project manager for a builder/developer and I am doing a lot of the same thing representing the builder. This is a fine line to walk but not to hard to figure out.

Dec 05, 2018 08:39 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Why not keep the license and handle the DotLoop end of things for agents? Be the transaction manager $350 or so per transaction

Dec 06, 2018 05:30 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

T/C, called calls, or any marketing. 

Dec 05, 2018 11:18 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not know. I wish you all the best.  Enjoy your retirement. 

Dec 05, 2018 03:03 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Marketing assistance does not reequire a license.

Dec 05, 2018 02:36 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Happy for you and want the new growth to satisfy you as you believe..

Dec 05, 2018 01:55 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Good luck with your new adventure, please, don't give up your license. 

Dec 05, 2018 01:01 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Good day Bert. 

Keep your license active. 

Dec 05, 2018 12:10 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We require our Transaction Coordinators to be licensed. They can be of more assitance if licensed. That is our model. Not all TCs need to be licensed.

Dec 05, 2018 10:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

only a virtual assistant, I would think....

Dec 05, 2018 10:06 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I'm sure there are many things you can do but you don't give a clue as to what you'd like or what you are good at.

'Across the pond' stuff just infuriates me. One because, what's wrong with OUR workers? Two, they are more fluent in english & conversations. I would not work for people that did that.

Dec 05, 2018 09:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good luck, Bert. As Ryan Huggins answered there's no reason to give up your license if that's an option.

Dec 05, 2018 09:57 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

There are a lot of affliate services in real estate and so you might want to check into them.

Dec 05, 2018 09:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It all depends on your laws in Ohio.  Our clients always hire licensed assistants...And they get paid more than a regular license.  A

Dec 05, 2018 09:22 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Dec 05, 2018 09:11 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like doing it in house so i can actually go to someone and get answers. There is a market for virtual assistants here in the USA though. 

Dec 06, 2018 05:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Bert, I would keep my license and work as a transaction coordinator. You don't have to be an association member and just hang your license with a friend or a frim that offers a 100% split. 

You won't be paid commission. You'll be paid by the transaction or a salary. Either way, still keep that license hanging somewhere for referral checks to go through.

Dec 05, 2018 07:47 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Are you looking to be free of the phone and computer, or free of a need for a license?

Dec 05, 2018 06:33 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Do what will make you happy.

Dec 05, 2018 05:18 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

????? "....i decided to retire from being connected......"

"..a part-time position I could do with computer..."

I think you need to make up your mind.

However, the answer to your question is a resounding YES!

However, you must measure if you are trading time for money OR whether you want to create something scalable. With the former you will be paid diddly squat.

Writing services is the 9th most requested shared resource.

My suggestion is to trade your time to create a lead generation company and as you already know, agents will buy anything, especially newbies. Yep, that's scalable

Great idea, but how does one create a lead generation company that doesn't get lost in all the noise. Use your 23 years of experience to actually quantify what consumers, (buyers/sellers) really want.  After 23 years of actually conducting marketing surveys with real time active buyers and sellers this should be the crowning glory of your accomplishment.  It is exactly the same understanding revealed by the launch of the Rocket Mortgage product. This will prove to be a test whether you were listening to NAR or those who paid you for your knowledge.


RESEARCH... You know agents are being sold 'predictive analytics' and 100 doors programs in hopes of getting a raised hand from a home owner. Since all of these programs have no Lexis connection, they are not leveraging any financial data. That means you can do exactly the same thing they are doing.  How can you do research for agents that can optimize where they spend their money. I would start right there in your city in Ohio. a YouTube sensation. You have the look of an expert and if you dishevel your hair, you would have the look of a guru. You already know what the others are selling, so be different. Have a clear and distinctive voice that does not promise streets paved with gold but one build from tears, sweat, struggle, fear and arriving at victory. You survived 23 years in the land of make believe, but today's people want to believe they are getting the unvarnished truth. So, give it to them. Tell em' if you don't do what you hate first you won't get to do what you love last. Promise them if you can't get them involved in a transaction (read those words CAREFULLY) they can fire you. The clear message of one with vision will draw the student who can be taught.

Lastly, and this is really important. Where's your heart?  I hope to hear your heart beats with the hope of changing the lives of others. So, use those 23 years of experience and help other agents discover themselves.

I recently posted a question about 'how would you market to find the 90 day market?" Read the responses. Fill the void.

Walk where your heart leads and new life is the result.

PS: nearly every large brokerage will hire a marketint/graphics/SEO type person.

Dec 05, 2018 12:30 PM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Sounds like you need to decide if you want to be on the computer or not. The post has both??

Jan 04, 2019 07:48 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, be interesting to know.


Dec 09, 2018 10:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

TC or maybe do SEO for other agents.   

Dec 09, 2018 08:31 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Good luck in your new endeavor whatever it may be.

Dec 08, 2018 08:18 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Interesting thought,.   I for one will keep my business and just take my cut from my agents and a sale once in a while from special past clients

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

There may be.

Dec 06, 2018 06:33 AM