Richie Alan  Naggar, agent & author  (people first...then business Ran Right Realty )

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I believe that the dream is still very much alive - 13K agents in my one market is a testament to that.

However, the 20% who survive in the business realize that it is hard work and wealth can only come from that hard work but, it's a good ways down the road!

Jan 19, 2019 07:09 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I find public sentiment to be split between a few ideas about us- there's (1) those who view us negatively- think we are overpaid & a step above a used car salesman & there's (2) those who envy the ability to work from home, make easy money & dine out often & lastly there are (3) those who are intrigued; who want to know what I know about the market, the neighbors, etc. The public sees you through whatever lense they are looking through. 

Jan 19, 2019 06:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I never got into RE to get rich, I saw it as a means to achieve the life style I desired Richie Alan Naggar . Not a lifestyle of glammer but a lifestyle where I could spend plenty of time with my wife and kids and still pay the bills.

Jan 19, 2019 06:27 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

In a rapidly appreciating market like we've had/still have, yes it is rampant.  In a normal market, not so much because people realize "Work" is involved.

Jan 19, 2019 09:28 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Wealth was not the biggest reason for me. I had retired from a corporate career and wanted to work for myself.

I provide a service to my clients, but I never wanted to be everything to everyone. If I really wanted fame and fortune it would not have been in real estate.

Jan 19, 2019 08:17 AM
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

Many quit due to the ignorance to the minutia of our industry. HGTV I'm sure has mislead tens of thousands in.

Jan 19, 2019 08:13 AM
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

I think the misconception that it's a relatively easy way to make money while having a flexible schedule is a problem.  Few realize the work involved.  We brought a lot of it on ourselves with our "Million Dollar Producer" banners and such.  Did the public think WE made that Million Dollars?  Probably. 

Jan 19, 2019 07:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes to the 1st question.  Yes and No to the second.

Jan 19, 2019 07:28 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

you get out of it what you put into it.... learn it and apply it.... you can soar with the eagles, if you do it properly....

Jan 19, 2019 07:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hopes and dreams are still present. So is reality. 

Jan 19, 2019 07:03 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

1 yes

2 no

Jan 19, 2019 06:41 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Yes, I beleive there are still some out there who beleive being a realtor is easy money and we are all wealthy!  NOT!  It takes hard work and long hours.. and a lot of new agents get a rude awakening and soon drop out..

Jan 19, 2019 06:41 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

I think the general misconception that being a licensed real estate agent is easy money may be propogated by unrealistic TV. The reality is very few are making the big bucks!

Jan 19, 2019 06:33 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

For me it is not so much about dreams of riches as it is about dreams of building huge teams of high achievers.

Jan 19, 2019 06:26 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It is hard to isolate the reason for approaching 1.4 million REALTORS® but the needless recruiting by brokers desparate for any transactions to keep them afloat is I believe to be a big problem. I also don't think that they are as truthful as they should be about the pitfalls and expenses. It puts a sharp focus on the Utah student questions about how to choose a broker. There are great ones out there and I think my future answer will be choose one that offers you cold and clear reality.

Jan 19, 2019 06:23 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

1. No

2. No

Jan 19, 2019 06:17 AM
Roman C. Esparza
Realty Executives - Town & Country - Austin, TX
Residential, Farm & Ranch & some Res. Development

It's the same now as it was 50 years ago, the only things that have changed are the real estate laws & regulations, the technology and the prices.

Jan 19, 2019 12:44 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I don't think so. I think this year some pundits are throwing around the recession thing which might stop many newbies.

Jan 19, 2019 10:56 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The allure, does not include the hard work, the time spent/invested in growing your business.   

Yes, the allure is still there. 

Jan 19, 2019 08:43 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

1.  I do not know.  It was not why I got into real estate.  

2. I do not believe it is true.  At least not for most. 

Jan 19, 2019 08:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Lots of money is a dream that can be realized if you concentrate on success first and are willing to pay the price.

Jan 19, 2019 08:34 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

1. The allure is still there for the many new licensees.

2. Yes...for some people.

Jan 19, 2019 08:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on the individual and their desires to follow through.  I have seen newbies out earn high producers...A

Jan 19, 2019 07:33 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Our area realtors after 10 year decided to get a benefited job. Stock option, free lunch, vacation, 401K. If they pay college juniors $100,000 to learn what the work place is like, how many will hang around  in retail?   There is always Tesla looking for hard working workers..... Free snack.... No training. Get busy push the numbers just like RE.

Jan 19, 2019 06:26 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Great point of discussion Richie! 1. Yes, there are newbies dreaming of fast money by chasing the money and then there are those who understand that success takes time and settle in for the long haul. 2. Depends on amount of money saved, motivation, sphere of influence and tried and true methods implemented.

Jan 19, 2019 10:31 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Starting with the second question: Yes the money is good, if you're lucky, for a while. Or if you're good, consistently.

We love to apologize for our ability to attract and earn great wealth so the public doesn't think that we are selfish greedy bastards, by reminding them how exhaustingly we toil.

What we do takes a lot of work. But it takes more knowledge and intelligence and creativity and resourcefulness. Acquire that, and it's still true.

Lotta Busy Backsons (Rabbit in the Tao of Pooh) fronting they're so very busy when they're really just adrift. For them, it's not true and never going to be true.

I just wanted to wear cute shoes and show pretty houses. Then. Now, Sketcher WalkFits, big dirt and dusty buildings LOL. In between bloody Marias, friends, dog, manifesting and rocking.❤🎸😎🐶🎶💋🥃

Jan 19, 2019 09:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Dreams still play an important part in successful businesses.

Jan 19, 2019 09:36 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Reality: 90% of ALL new business's fail in regards to being profitable. For 10% number two may be true.

Reality: Real estate business is not different. The harsh light or disappointment turns the sweet words bitter.

The real question to ask is if those looking at real estate are simply looking for opportunity or are they in it for the shoes?

Then question two must be what is the deciding factor between options like these:

Loan officer
T-shirt decorating business
Lawn/sprinkler business
Amway/Mary Kay
Commissioned cold caller.
The allure is really misdirected because the smart action must be based on scalability. A newbie really hasn't such vision. Those really hitting it big in real estate figured out how to NOT DO THE WORK which equals scalability.

Jan 19, 2019 06:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

1. Yes

2. No (not sure it ever was true for most)

Jan 19, 2019 02:55 PM
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Pro Ledger Online Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Pro Ledger Online (owner)

Unfortunate when the prime motivation for choosing to be an agent, or to have a dream, is the money.  Immediately this puts you in a tough spot with clients and all kinds of potential stress and personal problems.  If it happens... good for you .. as long as you still manage to have "quality" of life at the same time.


I mean, what's wrong with making a decent or adequate living and helping people find their own home? .. is that not a dream worth getting excited about?  

I've seen lot of miserable agents on all ends of the money making scale... loosing marriages, etc.. and for many agents they end up in a constant state of anxiety.  Either they are anxious when they "are" busy.. and then "anxious" when they are NOT busy. 

Where and when is there an off button?.. If you do not find that "off" button the business can crush you with too much or too little.  What excites me is "quality" not "quantity"... and I think be a healthy perspective.


Jan 19, 2019 11:27 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Jan 19, 2019 09:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have had some call me and ask about this industry, and they DO bring up the amount of money that they COULD make.   This that is why they don't stay in the biz, they don't know how hard it is to continue making a good living.

Jan 23, 2019 07:48 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I like to say if you work your tail off you can still make a good living.


Jan 22, 2019 08:56 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Anyone who works hard and has more than the average person is looked upon with some jealousy

Jan 21, 2019 05:22 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yep, i just talked to an agent like that. His property, his rules, he is a broker and he owns the property too. He got a license to make money, the rest is not even relevant. 

Jan 19, 2019 05:41 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Well many think it is easy and many more find out how hard it is

Jan 19, 2019 04:16 PM