Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Precisely because we are entrpreneurs and have to make sales to stay in business. But I will say, that many in the corporate world today don't work any 40 hours a week, either. I left corporate America in 1989, but rarely had a work week of less than 60 hours for most of the 19 years I was a corporate executive. The only difference was that I didn't have to work often (unless travelling on business) on weekends.

Mar 31, 2016 08:48 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Thomas,

I don't think that real estate agents are the only willing to do that.  We have plenty of friends including family who are self-employed and definitely work as muvh as we do.  

However, most everyone we know and work  with has learned how to work smart, and have a life.  A

Mar 31, 2016 02:12 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Seriously, 80 hours a week?  I'd be lucky if I put in 30 - that's why I'm self employed!  I work smart, not hard

Mar 31, 2016 01:27 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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I've worked far longer hours, for less money working for someone else.

Mar 31, 2016 01:05 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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To be our own bosses.

Mar 31, 2016 12:44 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Thomas. I love what I do and do not apologize for being a workaholic.

Mar 31, 2016 06:17 PM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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What's the fun in a 40 hour week...

Mar 31, 2016 02:32 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

To have freedom 

Mar 31, 2016 02:13 PM
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LuxurySoCalRealty San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
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You forgot about invest all our profits in an attempt to make even more money.

Mar 31, 2016 01:04 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Because the entrepreneurs I know find ways to do 80 hours of productivity in 40 hours.

Mar 31, 2016 12:41 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Man was never meant to sit idle.... just never meant to work...It is interesting to note that when you are doing something where passion is involved, time takes on a whole new meaning and its brief too. The reality is; time doesn't change. It's your inner/outer parts operating at ideal capacity in a flow mode

Mar 31, 2016 11:40 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Because we make ourselves so busy we do not see what the other dream chasers are doing.

The reality is you grind until your systems are self-sustaining and on autopilot, then off to the beaches and the "I only work 8 hours a week" gloat.

FORMULA: work hard + work hard + work hard + luck = magic

Mar 31, 2016 10:41 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Because we love our job.

Mar 31, 2016 10:21 PM
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Richard Weeks
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To avoid working for the man.  Anything this much fun is not really work.

Mar 31, 2016 10:11 PM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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I have never worked 40 hours a week, LOL, being the workaholic I am, so why not work for myself?  With real estate, we at least can pretend we have flexibility. 

Mar 31, 2016 10:00 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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what a great line! 

Mar 31, 2016 09:41 PM
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Sam Shueh
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self employed. One has the passion whether it is 40 or 120 hours matters little.

Mar 31, 2016 03:32 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
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Because deep in our hearts we LOVE to work and we are willing to work the extra hours to have the flexibility to call the shots ... 

Mar 31, 2016 02:24 PM
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checks at closing

Apr 14, 2017 06:06 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Thinking back when I worked 40 hours per week, and knowing what I make today --- I get paid for the hours I spend working in this business!  

Apr 02, 2016 12:11 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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Because its gratifying, doesn't seem like work and where could I make the money I do doing what I love to do!

Apr 01, 2016 09:07 AM
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William Feela
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Because we like to control our own destiny

Apr 01, 2016 08:18 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

I don't count the hours and take vacations when I need to reinvigorate, but I sincerely LOVE what I do for a living.

Apr 01, 2016 04:09 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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It seems that way, but many others work as hard and long

Apr 01, 2016 02:12 AM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
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Love it!  It is sooo true!!!

Apr 01, 2016 12:58 AM
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Bob Crane
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I dont know Thomas, but I doubt that I could change.

It was a lifestyle of work that was instilled when growing up on a farm, and it stuck.  My kids seem to have developed this habit too.

Apr 01, 2016 12:00 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor Becuase of our independence and flexibility to work that many hours a week. lol

Mar 31, 2016 11:54 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

To be their own bosses. Besides, 40-hour weeks are at minimum wage (or so). The money jobs require a bit more commitment e.g. law firms or investment banks.

Mar 31, 2016 11:53 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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7am-3pm Monday - Friday - no weekends or holidays!! 

Mar 31, 2016 11:44 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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but do we actually WORK 80 HOURS???  

Mar 31, 2016 11:09 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are well compensated for those long hours.

Mar 31, 2016 10:52 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Lots of people(especially today) work lots of hours.  

Mar 31, 2016 10:46 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Love the question ... let me know when you find out lol. 

Why work 40 when you can do it in 60?

Mar 31, 2016 09:49 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Great question. Somehow I don't think of it as work!

Mar 31, 2016 09:46 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Try oprning a Pizza/sub shop or restaurant and tell me how many hours are in a week.

Mar 31, 2016 09:43 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
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LOL, there is truth to that statement but we aren't the only ones willing to do it. Many self-employed people work very long hours. 

Mar 31, 2016 06:52 PM
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we're not.  My brother is a GM in a restaurant and he works long weeks, but still gets to take off the days he wants.  Most managers and business owners in all businesses do this.

Mar 31, 2016 02:47 PM
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

It's not a question of trying to "avoid working 40 hours a week".

The average Realtor, I believe, is in their late 50s.  How many corporations hiring full-time employees will hire anyone in their late 50s or older?

Some folks would rather keep more of what they earn, rather than line someone else's pocket.

 

Mar 31, 2016 01:25 PM
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Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Great question! I suppose because I can pick those 80 hours vs the 40??

Mar 31, 2016 12:45 PM
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
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Because the hours are flexible?  Because who wouldn't want to work 80 hours a week for the possibility of not getting a paycheck at the end? And in all seriousness, I agree with Joe Pryor. We can get a lot done in a short week.

Mar 31, 2016 12:39 PM