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Rainmaker
4,445,993
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

My husband and I were going to flip homes many years ago, and decided to go to real estate school.   While there thought this could be a wonderful opportunity, and the rest is history.

Aug 16, 2015 01:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,680,989
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

My wife was already in Real Estate.  When the company downsized and I was eliminated, she convinced me to join the profession.  Now I work for her. It's funny how that works!

Aug 16, 2015 11:02 AM
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2,216,058
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I worked as a staff assistant for a busy office in a resort town. That made me decide that real estate was what I wanted to do. 

Aug 16, 2015 08:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,676,510
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

For me it was the aura of the power that surrounds the World of Real Estate.

Aug 16, 2015 01:35 AM
Rainmaker
832,128
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Easy money!

Be my own boss!

I liked touring houses!

I lived in one too!

Shiny, clean, new cars.

Can't be hard, look who is doing it.

What's not to like?

And look! HERE I AM!

Aug 16, 2015 12:55 AM
Rainmaker
694,698
Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
Stevens Point Rentals

Looked like a good opportunity.

Nov 09, 2018 10:48 PM
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4,847,141
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I make my own decisions.

May 12, 2018 08:34 PM
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2,970
Christy Lawson
Keller Williams Realty Nashville/Franklin - Franklin, TN
Real estate agent serving Greater Nashville Area

I have been in marketing for over 20 years. I started marketing for real estate agents in the early 90s. Prior to moving to Nashville, I was providing marketing consulting services for the #3 agent in Athens, GA. When I stopped, he was #1. I decided to put those same marketing skills to use for my own real estate business.

Aug 17, 2015 07:34 AM
Rainmaker
2,351,354
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Winston. I wrote in my high school yearbook, I was going to be a real estate owner, it just happened from there.

Make it a great week!

Aug 16, 2015 07:14 PM
Ambassador
2,973,941
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

not wanting a new boss I didn't like.  That was the only factor involved really

Aug 16, 2015 01:27 PM
Rainmaker
2,432,999
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

My previous real estate agent.  She asked if I was going to work and at the time I didn't have an answer.  She asked me to attend an inhouse seminar and I did.

Aug 16, 2015 12:26 PM
Ambassador
1,770,705
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

When we bought our home Winston. That put the idea in my head and I was working in Real Estate shortly after never to look back.

Aug 16, 2015 08:35 AM
Rainmaker
4,798,978
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There aren't that many careers where one that has retired from an earlier career can get into and do well.  Real Estate is one of the few opportunities that allows this.

Aug 16, 2015 03:47 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

The fact that I really can't work for other people, I needed something with big income potential that let me run my own business and real estate happen to be the perfect fit.

Aug 16, 2015 03:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I've always enjoyed architecture and houses.  When I was growing up in Orange County, California new home developments were being built and there were many Sundays spent looking.  You'd think a kid would be bored but not me.  

My only regret is that I didn't become licensed earlier.  

Aug 16, 2015 03:08 AM
Rainmaker
384,902
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

GPS.  

I'd wanted to be in real estate for a while, but I'm terrible with directions.  A Thomas Guide was an exercise in frustration for me.  If I had everything mapped out and a client wanted to take a detour, I was screwed.

I bought a GPS FOR something like $700.00 online which sounds like a horrifyingly high price today, but it was totally worth it.

Aug 16, 2015 02:48 AM
Rainmaker
598,041
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

I was a part owner in a family market in Sylmar, California.  My mother got ill and my father needed to end the partnership to take care of her.  There was a salesman servicing our health and beauty aids department.  He told me that he was closing escrow on the sale of a home.  We discussed the field of Realtor and the next day I signed up for the Lumbleau Real Estate School.  I went through the school and towards the end of the program I spoke with the salesman again.  I asked if he had closed anymore deals.  He said no and that the $200,000 condo was his first and only sale.  I nearly fell over.  I had just left a lucrative career that needed to support me, my wife and two young daughter living in Valencia, California.  I became as scared as possible.  We nearly went through our life's savings before hitting our first sale 7 month later.  We made it and became successful.  Our career is a tough one at the beginning and one needs to be a natural at it.

Aug 16, 2015 02:20 AM
Rainmaker
1,418,377
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Winston Heverly My Wife was already an agent. If you can't beat them, join them.

Aug 16, 2015 01:54 AM
Rainmaker
175,464
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

As a 3rd Generation Realtor, I had family tell me to stay OUT of the industry.  My only regret is that I would have started when I was younger!  Still, I learned many skills working a Fortune 500 job, got sick of drinking the Kool-Aid and started working for myself.   Glad I did.

Aug 16, 2015 01:36 AM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I was working for a builder as a payroll manager.  The builder thought I would be good as an real estate agent.  He paid for R.E. school & the state text. That is how I started as an agent.

Aug 16, 2015 01:14 AM
Rainmaker
5,444,217
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

there were no outside influences for me.... I wanted to leave teaching and have a career where I could determine how much money I wanted to earn and I could control work hours.... best business decision I could have ever made....

Aug 16, 2015 12:54 AM
Rainmaker
1,062,207
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

My Landlord after selling my business, also owned a Real Estate Company and suggested I might like real estate. We met and I took my Real Estate Course, the rest is history.

Aug 16, 2015 12:48 AM
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1,706,758
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In 1989 I was dead broke from my retail stores closing, was moving to Seattle, but the influence was being with my Dad in his old age. Had to do something and a tennis friend said  try real estate. I said what the hell I'll give it a go, and after 46 sales in my first year, I said to myself, this can work. 

Aug 16, 2015 11:20 PM
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

My whole family is in the business so I was pulled in. I'm also good at it so that helps.

Aug 16, 2015 10:33 PM
Rainmaker
3,577,038
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The thought of having my own business with little capital investment.

Aug 16, 2015 09:53 PM
Rainmaker
3,569,767
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Working with agents when looking for my own homes who didn't listen to me. When I said I wanted to be in a pre-war building in NYC between Fifth and Park Avenues and they take me to a 1960's building off Second Avenue, it's very frustrating. I thought I could run rings around these agents just by listening to clients and I did!

Aug 16, 2015 09:35 PM
Rainmaker
1,514,577
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Out of sheer interest, I took an architectural & design course.  After that, I studied for and took the real estate licensing test.  I kept my license inactive for a few years while I had a "real" job.  After getting married, I decided more flexibility in my work schedule would be great.  And, the rest is history.  

Aug 16, 2015 01:43 AM