Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Nothing. Everything has been the right experience at the right time. Some of it was not pleasant. But at the beginning there's a big learning curve, and the only way out is through.

Sep 30, 2017 06:30 AM
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Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

I would have started my data base before I did anything else.

Sep 30, 2017 06:41 AM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

       I would get my Broker license as fast as possible, and go independent as soon as possible.   

Sep 30, 2017 06:38 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Find a mentor!

Sep 30, 2017 06:27 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Buy more rental property.

Sep 30, 2017 08:28 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner I wouldn't do anything differently. I had a good mentor and the broker had an excellent training program.

Sep 30, 2017 06:25 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I would have gotten into real estate much sooner.

Sep 30, 2017 06:21 AM
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Start branding a niche market place right off the bat.  I let 5 years go by before I started branding for Rincon Valley.  I'd also start my Internet presence  earlier

Sep 30, 2017 07:54 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Not a single thing.

Sep 30, 2017 01:18 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I would have become a lender! Seriously, they have the ability to build wealth (if they're good) than we do! I'd be traveling the world by now! LOL

No, I love what I do and the only thing I would have done differently is to change careers before I did. 

Sep 30, 2017 10:51 AM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

When I first started I just took anyone as a client.  I would not do that anymore, I know we have to start somewhere.  

Sep 30, 2017 10:28 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Work one area

Sep 30, 2017 10:04 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I will get a broker license instead. I will get someone else to do doork knocking go out solicite and collect their money.

Sep 30, 2017 09:33 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Get a mentor

Sep 30, 2017 09:16 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I would not work so much. I wouldn't say yes to everything, would set boundaries, and would get someone really great to work with us to cover for us on days/time off and vacations like we have now. -Kasey

Sep 30, 2017 08:19 AM
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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

To establish a consistent marketing system to work my database... and to keep the database up to date.   You would have thought the BIG national franchise I started with would have taught me that but... NO.  From what I can tell, things haven't changed on the training front.  

Sep 30, 2017 07:56 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I would work on a team few years with strong leadership and accountability sessions before going on my own. 

Sep 30, 2017 07:54 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

That's certainly something to ponder.  

Sep 30, 2017 07:35 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nathan,

Nothing.

Sep 30, 2017 07:21 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Nothing.

Sep 30, 2017 07:16 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I wouldn't waste the first six months working buyers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 30, 2017 07:02 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would try to be more effective with networking.

Sep 30, 2017 06:58 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

If I knew then what I know now I'd have started at the age of 18 Nathan Gesner .

Sep 30, 2017 05:19 PM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Start with a Broker who didn't charge us a franchise fee!

Sep 30, 2017 04:36 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I would have moved to San Diego, CA sooner! and probably listened to my coaches and mentors sooner. I tended to be a free-spirit in the early days.

Sep 30, 2017 12:30 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Ignore destructive naysayers

Sep 30, 2017 08:18 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Started earlier.  

Sep 30, 2017 07:27 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Start working by referral in a conscious way much more quickly.

Sep 30, 2017 11:06 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Use an interactive CRM. Back when I got started we used note cards and a file box. I think now of all the people I lost touch with.

Sep 30, 2017 08:46 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No regrets, why focus on the rear view mirror.

 

Sep 30, 2017 08:30 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Good one, but can't answer in public - but it's a biggie :)

Sep 30, 2017 05:23 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Move to Wyoming?

Sep 30, 2017 03:20 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Get a coach.

Oct 01, 2017 06:30 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think I would form a good team.

Oct 01, 2017 06:27 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Get a government job, work 20 years and retire with a full pension and be sitting on a beach right now 

Oct 01, 2017 06:23 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I would've invested in much more property along the path and sold much fewer of them. 

Sep 30, 2017 07:11 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hire a coach on the first day!

 

Oct 03, 2017 01:24 PM
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Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist

Great read here! 

Oct 02, 2017 03:17 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Work with coach from day 1 and have my 'clear' goals, Nathan Gesner.

Oct 01, 2017 10:21 PM
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Dan Capra
LAER Realty Partners - Lowell, MA
Listing/Buyer Agent

I would have had a mission to team up with a mentor..RIGHT AWAY....although the training I had was great, I needed more guidance "on the field."

Oct 01, 2017 03:44 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not open up so many (or any) social media accounts.

Oct 01, 2017 02:52 PM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I may have gotten in much sooner, but I ADMIT I was too much of a snob about "selling real estate."  

Oct 01, 2017 08:56 AM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I'd start serious networking a lot sooner!

Oct 01, 2017 08:18 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Learned about how to generate business at the same time as taking the licensing course.

Oct 01, 2017 06:15 AM
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Joined Activerain sooner, great info.

Oct 01, 2017 04:18 AM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I would have obtained my license as soon as I could sit for the exam. I also would have started with a broker that was truly a teaching and mentoring brokerage. 

Sep 30, 2017 08:45 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I had a great experience when I first got started in real estate so I wouldn't change a thing

Sep 30, 2017 07:51 PM
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Wendy Lawrence
Home & Family Blogging Mom - Crown Point, IN
Full-Time Wife, Mother & Blogger for Families

I'll be interested to read others' answers but I am not in the real estate business

Oct 07, 2018 07:39 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

i would have developed a business plan day 1

Oct 01, 2018 08:47 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not going with the 3rd broker, would have opened my own brokerage then.

Oct 04, 2017 08:53 PM