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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

my Wife

Jun 06, 2015 12:41 PM
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 decided to buy fixers and flip, so I thought we could save some money by me being the agent, and loved it so much went full time.  Never looked back.

Jun 06, 2015 11:04 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I was single and 45 years old. I needed a career change. With a Phd and two Master's Degrees behind me I didn't want to go back to school. It was either the finance industry or real estate. I suck at numbers so real estate won by default!

Jun 06, 2015 10:36 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

This is a second career.  Before you're allowed to be a permanent resident of Naples you have to produce your real estate license.

Jun 06, 2015 10:15 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Evelyn Johnston it's by choice! I was looking forward to do something other than IT and a friend in Real Estate suggested - I'd be perfect for Real Estate! Rest is the history.

Jun 06, 2015 03:41 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

My Mother talked me into quitting my 25 year  retail job, move to Albuquerque and join her in real estate.

Jun 06, 2015 11:45 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Evelyn Johnston My Wife was an agent. If you can't beat them, join them.

Jun 06, 2015 11:23 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I thought I would be able to work flexible hours so I got my RE license.

Jun 06, 2015 09:31 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning Evelyn. I often ask that question as an ice breaker.

Make it a great day!

Jun 06, 2015 09:22 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Evelyn. It wasn't much of a decision for me. I wrote in my High School year book that I was going into the real estate business. I figured that would give me the opportunity to buy real estate on a regular basis.

Jun 06, 2015 07:52 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Evelyn - I sort of fell into it. I was in corporate finance for about 20 years, then got into lending for 2-3 years. I discovered that I didn't like the lending side and thought I would try working with clients to help them buy, sell, or invest in properties. I discovered I really enjoyed this role.

Jun 06, 2015 04:19 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

When I moved to Kauai and the market was good for investments. After handling several contracts for my friends I thought I really should be making the commission on these sales. 

Jun 06, 2015 02:25 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

A great question.  I think a lot of folks had another career before becoming a Real Estate Agent.  When I move from the west coast to the east coast, I had to make a new career choice.. and real estate looked very attractive because it would "force" me to learn the area.  

Jun 06, 2015 12:39 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I became a real estate broker while still in law school and that confirmed my career path.

Jun 06, 2015 11:09 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Fatigued of the Law.

Jun 07, 2015 12:34 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I wanted my own business with little start up capital.

Jun 06, 2015 11:53 PM
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
HomeSmart - Phoenix, AZ
The Pumpkin Man

Over 35 years ago my wife's aunt suggested I and her 18 year old son go to a C21 meeting and check it out.

I never had no idea for the first couple years what I would accomplish


Jun 06, 2015 03:04 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I needed to put food on the table.

Feb 05, 2019 08:52 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

The desire to change my office location from Seat 1D (several times a week)!

Mar 26, 2018 06:05 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

There are many reasons. I could write quite a bit about this, but I'll spare everyone. 

Jun 07, 2015 11:43 AM
Jim McCord
Keller Williams Pinnacle Group - Cincinnati, OH
#1 Best Selling Author & Real Estate Coach

 I decided to become a reator 22 years ago because my wife and I were appalled how realtors treated us while working with them to buy a home. My impression of realtors was very low. I figured if someone got into that field and treated people fairly, they'd do well. 

Jun 07, 2015 11:24 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

I wanted to be one because you drive around drinking coffee at peoples house all day. Fill out papers, slam a sign in the yard and you get the WHOLE commission! LOL I was wrong.

Jun 07, 2015 09:08 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My retails stores went out of business in 1989. I was doing nothing for months and I found myself with an addiction building, Knots Landing reruns. I knew that I had to act or lose my mind and real estate looked good. True story.

Jun 07, 2015 04:39 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I started working for a man who had his surveying license, real estate license and appraisal license.  I managed all three businesses.  He encouraged me to get my license so I could do more.  And then he hired a man in a position equal to mine.  When I found out "Bill" was making more money than I did, I questioned it.  "Bill's a guy" was the answer.  I went into sales full time and never looked back.  No glass ceiling here.

Jun 07, 2015 02:41 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I loved teaching.... however, the pay was absurdly low....teachers were always on vacation....and I knew it was time to find another career.... I knew nothing about real estate so I thought I'd take the licensing course and loved it.... 

Jun 07, 2015 01:06 AM