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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I didn't want to go back to the corporate world when we moved back to the USA from overseas; I wanted to do something a bit more entrpreneurial; and I had been the "victim" of so many bad real estate agents I just knew I could run rings around 99% of them!

Apr 27, 2015 09:13 PM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

I enjoy helping people and when I as raising my family, it fit into my schedule. My sister was a Real Estate office manager and suggested I explore getting into the world of Real Estate. Happy to say I've been licensed for 20 years.

Apr 27, 2015 08:58 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I was retired from law enforcement and was not ready to retire, retire so I drove by a real estate school went in to see about it and as they say the rest is history....  Did not really know what I was getting into but it all turned out good

Apr 27, 2015 08:39 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

A divorce

Apr 28, 2015 05:43 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I had just gotten a $10 raise per month and been asked to do more work for no more pay.  My realtor told me I could easily make $100,000 a year selling real estate.  I felt like it was a no brainer, because it would have taken several years to make that in my current position.  After all, real estate is just a part time business right???  I didn't realize 24/7 in order to do it.  I wouldn't change a thing though, best decision I ever made.

Apr 28, 2015 12:43 AM
Vicki Workman
Keller Williams Consultants Realty - Marysville, OH

I always had an interest in real estate from the time I can remember.  But what actually got me writing the check for classes and licensing back in 2003 was a story from a co-worker at the time who had terrible service from a local agent.  I thought "gee, I could do better than that" and I, myself, had experienced some "not so enthusiastic service" from agents in years prior to that.  Once I sold my 3rd home by early 2004, I said goodbye day job and was in full time with both feet and have never looked back. Even through the bad times (and years), I could not imagine doing any other job.

Apr 28, 2015 12:17 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Michael, I just wanted to spend more time with my wife as she is a real esate broker and it is a great way to help people.

Apr 28, 2015 12:03 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

My Mom begged me to move to Albuquerque and become a Realtor to help her. 

Apr 27, 2015 11:54 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Michael Thornton My Wife was an agent so I decided to get my license.

Apr 27, 2015 10:50 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I worked as a CSR at a bank and thought I would be able to work my own hours in real estate.

Apr 27, 2015 09:29 PM
Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras
With 14 Yrs Experience in Outer Banks Real Estate

My husband and I ran a small business where we came into contact with many real estate agents, and from observing them, I just always 'knew' I could sell real estate...not only that, I somehow 'knew' that one day, I would.

Several years later, when we got divorced, I took a little time off and really thought about what I wanted to do next.

The answer was simple: "Go sell real estate!"

I moved to the Outer Banks of NC, got my license and never looked back.  Fourteen years later, I can still say that this is the best job I've ever had, and I enjoy my clients immensely...

So everything really does have a way of working out in the end.

And I get to live at the beach!

(How cool is that?)



Apr 27, 2015 09:23 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

More than a decade now.

May 03, 2018 10:49 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I was looking for a part time job when my daughter started school. It didn't stay part-time long.

Feb 12, 2017 06:02 PM
Lillie Painia, ABR, NHC, TAHS
Lillie L. Painia, Tri-R Realty Group - Missouri City, TX

I was working 9-5, started chatting with a co-worker about the ridiculous courses you have to take that have absolutely nothing to do with your major (or so I thought). I was majoring in accounting and was required to take Principles of Real Estate. I told her I did well in the class (Final grade-B) and was encouraged by the instructor to take Real Estate Finance as well.  I did even better (Final grade-A) in that course. She asked if I was interested and I told her no.  She told me her best friend was an agent and her best friend's husband was a broker,  in case I was ever interested.  Out of curiousity I met with the broker and his wife, we connected instantly. I completed a few more courses and took the exam. No regrets!

Apr 30, 2015 03:59 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

When I took early retirement from the airlines, I found that there was little else that I was qualified for that had such a great income potential.

Apr 28, 2015 07:00 AM