Searching hi and low on the Internet for some advice on what it’s like for an established real estate agent to switch brokerages, I found that I was not coming across anything helpful. Hopefully, you’ve come across this series of blogs looking for the same answers and have found me.
My real estate career began in 2005 at the height of a seller’s market but also the beginning of one of the worst real estate markets this country has ever seen. I had already had a very successful career in accounting and office management, but the daily grind and “same ole, same ole …” I just knew I needed something more.
Boy did I get it!
Big Change #1 – I met my husband in the early 2000’s and in 2004 we had our son. Dropping my 4 month old son off at a daycare center at 8:30AM and not picking him up until some time after 5PM was enough to make me consider a serious overhaul and to reevaluate what was important to me.
Big Change #2 – I left a very secure job working for people who were like family to me. I cannot thank my husband enough for his never ending support! I decided to pursue a career in real estate, something I have always had a strong curiosity about but rumor had it real estate was a tough career! Luckily for me, I don’t listen very well when people tell me I cannot do something or that something is hard. I am always up for a new challenge and by all means a career in real estate is very challenging and VERY rewarding in ways more than in monetary value.
Big Change #3 – I earned my real estate license! Now what do I do? You know the old saying, about how school is nothing like the real world? Yes, this most certainly holds true for the real estate industry. I began my career with a brokerage that held my hand with every transaction – this is something I strongly recommend for any rookie. My manager took the time to answer every question that came about no matter when I called or emailed. I was told that I was “a natural” —
With dedication, persistence and self-discipline (working from home the majority of the time AND being an Independent Contractor – you had better have self-discipline or find another career) — my business grew. I had a strong grasp of what it takes to be a successful real estate agent. I had built a nice-sized client base and achieved a hard-earned, good reputation in the industry.
So, you ask .. why change? I wrestled with that decision for over a year. It takes so much time to become established in the real estate world, it simply makes it hard to move! I was attending a GRI course with many other agents from all different companies… of course we talk… we’re Realtors®! I heard about the many different types of office models… and my interest grew. I needed to see if it would work for me. Then one day someone put it in a little different perspective for me, it was suggested that I needed to be loyal to myself first.
Some brokerages are geared towards newer agents, with plenty of education, training and “hand-holding.” Some offices take an agent, give them a desk and you are left alone in the crazy and often chaotic world of real estate. Some offer agents a little bit of both. There are many different types of pay structures. Obviously, where you are in your career will help you decide what is right for you, what YOU need. No model is perfect, none is right or wrong. Education? More Independence? That decision is not always easy!
So here I am, about to “take the leap” — To describe the feeling, it’s like trying to climb a set of stairs that you cannot see the top of … wondering where this move will go? It seems there is no ceiling in a real estate career. You are what you work for; it’s all up to YOU and that in itself is exciting!
I hope you will follow me on a series of blogs as I make my move. And by the way … if you or anyone you know is also thinking about making a “move” I am sure that I can help!
Big Change #4 … Hello RE/MAX Affiliates, N.E.!
… To Be Continued!
For detailed information on a career in real estate check out:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09 Edition
Real Estate Brokers & Sales Agents
Contact Kim Schreiner:
Kimberly Schreiner, ePRO, Realtor® PA License RS291767
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
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