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Ambassador
3,026,410
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Invest in Amazon early :)

Feb 18, 2020 04:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,766,646
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Get a coach. 

Look out for the time vampires.

Feb 18, 2020 05:25 AM
Rainmaker
3,384,676
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Work for the State or federal government. Work 20 years and retire with a full pension. You work 40 hours and go home. In reality what i learned over the years is that in good times save for slow times. 

Feb 18, 2020 05:07 AM
Rainmaker
4,264,029
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kinda one but an important ONE because the topic is rather broad.  Preparation.  Beyond the state real estate licensing exam.  Mentally and physically.  Financially.  Learning and Knowing.  

Feb 18, 2020 05:03 AM
Rainmaker
7,035,249
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Invest in real estate every year.

Feb 18, 2020 06:56 AM
Rainmaker
2,691,192
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Buy Real Estate along the way...

Feb 18, 2020 06:18 AM
Rainmaker
2,133,138
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You have a license, you have an empty hard drive of knowledge. Real estate is a jealous master, a sport that can consume you. Is your mate on board for that much dedication? Do you have savings because this is a "piece meal not hourly compensation" job. You get paid only if and when you get to the closing unless you get into property or agent management. Real estate is not for everyone. Someone has to remind the new agent what to prepare for ahead.

Feb 18, 2020 05:44 AM
Ambassador
2,076,884
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Find a better broker.

Feb 18, 2020 05:34 AM
Rainmaker
2,079,171
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Honestly, I wouldn't do it. To many complications. I wouldn't want to screw up the life I have now and going back in the past surely would. Going back with today's knowledge would certainly lead to the temptation of making a huge amount of money but money changes everything and I most likely wouldn't have the same wonderful children God blessed me with today if I had that bundle of money and the huge temptations that go with it.

Feb 18, 2020 05:29 AM
Ambassador
3,158,184
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hold on to your hat and your coat - it's going to be a wild ride!!!

Feb 18, 2020 08:27 AM
Rainmaker
1,023,672
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I did not realize the value of the circle of acquaintances and business associates that I had from my previous job. I should have spent more time and effort mining my soi. It would certainly have paid dividends if I had laid that groundwork properly.

Feb 18, 2020 05:58 AM
Rainmaker
4,490,492
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Invest in a great CMA and start a working by referral strategy right away.

Feb 18, 2020 05:55 AM
Rainmaker
945,526
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Say NO a LOT more!

Ask the tough questions, and if the prospect doesn't answer satisfactorily or cops any kind of attitude, 'Sorry but I cannot help you'.

(My first broker, sweetheart salt of the earth but she wanted us to work EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY in the area they wanted to 'own'. I don't think she feels that way nowadays . . .)

Feb 18, 2020 05:52 AM
Rainmaker
4,567,890
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Step one, find a good mentor!

Feb 18, 2020 04:36 AM
Ambassador
4,552,705
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Never even think of buying a lead - only work with people you know!

Work that sphere, baby!

Feb 18, 2020 07:35 PM
Rainer
353,462
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Keep in contact with your clients. We have this intense relationship for a month, build upon this for life.

Feb 18, 2020 02:36 PM
Rainmaker
999,652
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Be flexible. What works for one person does not work for everyone so be prepared to adapt and adjust your marketing to fit your personality and style.

Feb 18, 2020 12:11 PM
Rainmaker
849,202
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Don't get suckered into a bad "initial" split and NEVER run to show homes to people that need to see them "right now".

Feb 18, 2020 11:41 AM
Ambassador
3,402,574
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Work you sphere of influence. If you don't have one get out there and create one by networking, chamber of commerce etc. Stay in touch with them constently over the years - they will be your gold mine.

But first......find the best possible broker/mentor first time out with a new license. Listen to them and follow what they suggest.

Feb 18, 2020 10:13 AM
Rainmaker
915,878
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Do ones best to understand the motives of others. 

Feb 18, 2020 09:11 AM
Rainmaker
5,580,884
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

never fight over money you haven't earned.... and you don't earn it until papers pass and the deed is recorded....

Feb 18, 2020 08:27 AM
Rainmaker
5,323,059
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have a CRM in place early on, add everyone you know, and carry LOTS of business cards everywhere you go.

Feb 18, 2020 08:18 AM
Rainmaker
826,595
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Run and don't look back!!!

Feb 18, 2020 07:58 AM
Ambassador
2,608,498
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Open my own company sooner.

Feb 18, 2020 05:04 PM
Ambassador
3,077,120
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Bil nailed it.  Invest in Amazon and Apple. Beyond that I would say self "sell everything you own in 2007 and buy it back in 2012.

Feb 18, 2020 03:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,386,585
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Network!

Feb 18, 2020 02:55 PM
Rainmaker
801,368
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Be Honest

Never Answer a question if you dont really know the answer

Feb 19, 2020 01:31 AM
Rainmaker
1,357,502
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

BUY! BUY! BUY! more properties in The SF Bay Area!!!

OMG so glad I bought what I bought, but OH!!!! if I had bought more!

Feb 18, 2020 05:17 PM
Rainmaker
1,430,221
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Don't invest in Microsoft and don't do that venture capital remote surgery startup, you're way ahead of the time on the later and like the Newton, it won't be around to see the technology take off.

Don't sell your $17/share apple stock, buy a Sh**ton more more of it.

 

Oh... and Dierdre isn't worth it.

 

P.S.  Good thing we're ignoring rules on time travel.  Paradoxes are a real PITA.

Feb 18, 2020 11:56 AM
Rainmaker
695,297
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Give some kind of closing gift at closing and it doesn't need to be expensive.

Feb 19, 2020 11:33 PM