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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

The process of getting a license is easy peasy. It's what comes afterward that is less easy.... learning your market, learning contracts, developing a client base. I've always said that you feel like fraud until you have at least a dozen transactions under your belt.

Sep 18, 2017 05:31 AM
Rainmaker
719,285
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Getting familiar with the paperwork and the market. I had already been in business for myself so I could manage time properly and I knew how to keep people from wasting it although I didn't always enforce that. I was already great on the computer so learning MLS was not hard at all. Some agents have been out here for decades and they'll never learn it. When I was new I did a lot of tours at the encouragement of my broker. They woefully underprepare us for contract writing in this industry.

Sep 18, 2017 07:02 AM
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1,648,584
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

The hardest part, for me, was making the decision to actually do it.  I came from another business that was still producing income... and it was hard to walk away from that income.

Sep 18, 2017 06:46 AM
Rainmaker
3,020,367
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think it is easy to become an agent, it is hard to succeed. In a workd where trends call for cheaper costs, less services and bigger offices, the agents doing really well are offering more service, using experience and know how to take care of their cleints as well as sell homes. 

Sep 18, 2017 05:42 AM
Rainmaker
1,027,000
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Learning that it was okay to take time for myself and call them appointments.  LOL

Sep 18, 2017 06:12 AM
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2,868,813
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

for me it was the mental part of stepping away from a regularly scheduled paycheck.  25 years in it doesn't bother me anymore, but as a 20 something single mom it was hard sometimes.

Sep 18, 2017 06:10 AM
Rainmaker
3,359,641
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It was that moment when the letter arrived from the State of California informing me I had passed the examination....now, what?   The licensing process did not prepare me for becoming an agent --- each day brought new questions and experiences.   

Sep 18, 2017 06:07 AM
Rainmaker
1,948,762
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Shutting off the brain to catch some ZZZzzz's when you can't wait to be up and at 'em to slay more real estate dragons.

Sep 18, 2017 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
1,838,450
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Learning how to allocate your time to income producing activities !

Sep 18, 2017 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
5,034,601
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

learning how to market in search of listings in an ever changing real estate business.... initially offline and networking....now online and with SEO....

Sep 18, 2017 06:35 AM
Rainmaker
3,300,030
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Facing the reality of your lack of knowledge after passing the state test!

Sep 18, 2017 06:34 AM
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2,357,854
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Piece of cake.

Sep 18, 2017 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
3,049,502
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Getting that pipeline of business full and keeping it full.

Sep 18, 2017 06:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,378,817
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner I would say getting started with prospecting and learning the paperwork. I had a good Broker who had a good mentoring and training program which helped a lot.

Sep 18, 2017 06:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Waking up unemployed everyday until you get hired by a client that closes; keeping their needs in front of your own in doing so.

We have to be playing like the money is in our pocket, even though our pocket is empty. (Lee Trevino's Story).

Sep 18, 2017 06:14 AM
Rainmaker
1,079,792
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I will have to think about this one and get back to you.

Sep 18, 2017 04:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,518,442
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The decision to do it.... licensed but comfortable in the corporate health care world where income was not uncertain.

Sep 18, 2017 08:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,548,595
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Accepting that buyers and sellers both think we just fell off the turnip truck and will believe anything they say

Sep 18, 2017 07:17 AM
Rainmaker
525,290
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Getting sucked into how other agents ran their business model. I had my own vision.

Sep 18, 2017 07:09 AM
Rainmaker
3,053,541
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Sep 18, 2017 05:33 AM
Rainmaker
2,799,426
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Putting up with the bull crap after becoming one. 

Sep 18, 2017 03:37 PM
Rainmaker
270,288
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

In a classroom atmosphere, it was the Math Nathan Gesner.  I've loved many subjects, and Math was never easy for me, and never a subject that I was comfortable with.  Once I found out the percentage (yes, that is 'math'!) of questions on the two Exams that would involve Math, I stopped sweating it.  Plus I knew that working as part of a Team, where the other person loved numbers and had worked on taxes and as a Controller at a past company, eased all of my 'number concerns'.  Seriously.  Another hard part for me was watching and learning others do transactions and paperwork, and not doing my own, since I was part of a Team, meaning I did not do 'all' of the tasks from A to Z myself.  

Sep 18, 2017 01:03 PM
Rainmaker
851,861
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

At first it was passing the darn test LOL

Sep 18, 2017 10:40 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Getting used to the routine and the irregular pay. It takes discipline.

Sep 18, 2017 09:19 AM
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Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Keeping up with past clients is my hardest part.

Sep 18, 2017 07:24 AM
Rainmaker
4,797,386
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The time until the income starts coming.

Sep 18, 2017 07:19 AM
Rainmaker
5,422,577
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Learning how to make a profit.

Sep 18, 2017 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
807,364
Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Trying to determine whether people who are trying to help are serious home buyers or browsers. Or trying to determine whether your seller clients are either SERIOUS or STUPID.

Oct 16, 2017 06:05 PM
Rainmaker
4,104,522
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Putting together systems so not to forget dates.

Sep 20, 2017 06:05 AM
Rainmaker
4,432,217
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is easy.

Sep 19, 2017 04:53 AM
Rainmaker
294,987
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I have seen many agents come & go and I would say being able to deal with someone telling you NO and handling rejection and also realizing the real estate business is not a piece of cake.

Sep 19, 2017 03:44 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There were a number of things - the paperwork for one. And getting used to not having a steady paycheck.

Sep 18, 2017 10:37 PM
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4,300,542
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - Not when I became the agent. It was after that - CE and mandatory requirement of COE.

Sep 18, 2017 10:16 PM
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4,264,279
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Are you starting classes in Utah Nathan?

Sep 18, 2017 08:01 PM
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3,350,572
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Learning the Contracts initially .

However, down the road (recession years), having to learn how to build a website was not something that I thought I had signed up for! 

Sep 18, 2017 06:58 PM
Rainmaker
3,202,171
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I pass the the text first time around but know lots that it took 3 times.

 

Sep 18, 2017 05:51 PM
Rainmaker
737,655
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Becoming one wasn't hard; being one is the hard part.

Sep 18, 2017 05:29 PM
Rainmaker
525,654
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

The negative Nancies

Sep 18, 2017 04:57 PM
Rainmaker
3,983,315
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Getting time off of my other job

Sep 18, 2017 03:10 PM
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1,644,070
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

For most agents it is making money for themselves instead of everyone else.

Sep 18, 2017 01:57 PM