Peter Mohylsky.   BRIX REALTY, BRIX REALTY -DESTIN (Brix Realty - Destin)

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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Markets change. Having both ensures business now and in the future. My real estate school instructor told me to "List to Last!"

Jun 01, 2022 09:04 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I will work with a buyer if they are a past client. 

I refer all buyer leads to another broker. 

My focus is on listing homes. 

Jun 01, 2022 08:57 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

There are numerous agents and brokerages out there which work only with buyers and are successful at it. It's a business model, after all. If you know how to work your model you can be successful.

I've always tried to run a balanced practice as I'm bored if I work only with buyers or only with sellers. At the end of the day, I believe I'm a better seller's agent because I work with buyers and understand their perspective and that I'm a better buyer's agent because I work with selelrs and understand their perspective.

Jun 01, 2022 12:44 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Listing, especially in this market, but I will work with select buyers.

Jun 01, 2022 12:35 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
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I  have enjoyed listing homes and working with sellers as well as helping buyers that are either referred to us and/or past clients that continue to return.  I do on occasion refer out a buyer or two as appropriate now.

Jun 01, 2022 11:11 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I would die if I had to work with Buyers, lol

Jun 01, 2022 10:19 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Since I have been doing this 27 years I have built up a fabulous following of both buyers and sellers.  Right now listings are the life blood of our business, but it's real nice to work with both!  Especially the first time buyers who are recommended to me by my past clients!

Jun 01, 2022 10:02 AM
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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

Personally, I need to list. 

Others can and successfully working only or mostly with buyers . . . I rarely choose to!

Jun 01, 2022 08:48 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I cannot survive with buyers .... ugh. Always preferred listings. List to last as they say.

Jun 01, 2022 11:03 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

List to live is catchy LOL and true enough. Buyers being begged to buy won't fly....either. Wise to have other incomes as one delves into the worlds of Real Estate. Real Estate reminds me of what Horace Greely said to Easterners looking to make their mark. "Go West young man". They did and found more misery, challenges and risks imagined. Even if they found some success, maintaining or keeping it  remained the next challenge. Same with R.E. The allure is so strong and a license to make money? mmm

Jun 01, 2022 09:17 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I was always list to live with the exception of my first year Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY . After that first year I worked hard to work with developers, builders and contractors. That always gave me an endless supply of new construction to sell.

Jun 01, 2022 02:24 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

Can I? Yes, as evidenced by the first 7 years of my career, and I didn't get many to any listings until I hit my stride in 2006 after relocating to San Diego in 2003 which hurt my production initially.

Would I want to? NO!!!!! I much more enjoy listings, but I do have some wonderful repeat buyers and occasionally some really fun "new blood" buyers that make my database rich!

Could I yes, would I no!

Jun 01, 2022 09:24 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I prefer listings over Buyers. The old saying goes " Old REALTORS never die, they just become listless"

Jun 01, 2022 03:25 PM
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Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

I would say it depends on the market.  A listing is *almost* a guarantee to a commission check.

Jun 01, 2022 02:28 PM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Both... list and sell 90% of the time in a small rural Maine market. When you do the A-Z pricing, really get to know the seller putting together the marketing and then here come the buyers to match for the perfect fit. It is never boring and highly rewarding. 

Jun 02, 2022 02:15 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I will never know the answer to your question  Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY, since I do not intend to restrict my services to only buyers or only sellers.

Jun 01, 2022 03:39 PM
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John Meussner
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#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

You can!  But it's tougher because listings provide buyers, too, so it can be a more fruitful endeavor.  I'm not an agent, but I know some great agents who make a great living working primarily with buyers, and others who do the same working listings.

Jun 01, 2022 03:07 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Any agent who picks one side over the other is doing themselves a disservice in my opinion. The bread & butter will almost always be the listing side for me although Buyers and Sellers in the stable are equally important to becoming "well seasoned" Peter.

Jun 01, 2022 01:42 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

In general "List to Last" is best way to do business. I have seen successful Buyer's (only) Agents but boy it is hard, especially in today's market.

I was in Starbucks the other day and a young agent was writing an offer. Her client basically said, "Whatever it takes, I want the house." Now if I had a few of those buyers I could survive, easily.

Jun 01, 2022 01:12 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Can you survive? Sure! Will you be working harder? More than likely.  My business is 65% listings/35% buyers and it's a balance that works for me allowing me to "stay current" with both perspectives & better assist the other side as their guide too.  

Jun 02, 2022 05:30 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

The last two years only a few of my clients have wanted to move, due to the slim inventory and they are worried they won't find a replacement home.   I have worked with buyers, but sure prefer to list homes.

Jun 02, 2022 05:15 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

For the last 20+ years of my real estate career, I worked with buyers and referred listings to associates. It worked well for me and nicely funded our retirement.

Jun 02, 2022 04:57 AM
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have always just taken what has come my way which has mainly been buyers and I would say that you definitely do not need to list to live.  People will find out that you specialize in working with buyers and want to hire you for their search.

Jun 02, 2022 04:50 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

List to last and you will have enough buyers to keep you busy. If buyers are taking time away from your prospecting start referring. 

Jun 02, 2022 04:26 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have enough projects going both in and out of real estate that I can afford to work with whom ever I chose, and I prefer working with sellers, and as we all know listings bring in more buyers automatically, which provides plenty of work for the agents that I am working to grow.

Jun 01, 2022 09:48 PM
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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

I never tried the "buyer only" model. Those who did in our area did not last.

Jun 02, 2022 05:36 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Yes you can and there are some who do. As Nina Hollander, Broker mentioned, it is nice to have a balanced business. I work primarily with my database of sphere, past clients, and referrals. My sellers often need to purchase. I've had buyer's agents but I like doing both. 

Jun 02, 2022 06:03 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Of course an agent can make a living working with buyers only.
LISTING IS EASIER. 
A buyers agents needs to apply more disapline, learn to say NO, and never ever stop lead generation.
A buyers agent actually needs a more concise message to the consumer so a natural 'self-selection' occurs meaning less chasing of vapors.
A buyers agent must understand in 5 to 10 years all of the buyers will turn into SELLERS. This is when the wheels on the wagon start to wobble.

Jun 02, 2022 04:58 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

They always say you must list.  I do both!

 

Jun 03, 2022 08:44 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

You must keep in mind , that it takes 2.5 times more hours to get a Buyer to a Closing than it does a Seller .

Jun 02, 2022 10:36 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I've always been more of a listing agent. Listings bring buyers too!

Jun 02, 2022 10:28 AM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Life is better with listings.  But our firm does both.

Jun 02, 2022 09:07 AM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I am mainly a listing agent, but there are times I have to find a new property before listing a seller's house. Then I am the buyer agent. Think of buyers as future listings!

Jun 02, 2022 07:36 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

There's plenty of money to be made doing whatever you're good at.  No need to be a cookie cutter agent.

Jun 16, 2022 10:57 PM
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Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

I work for a younger firm, 14 years old. We gained our reputation as a top buyer agent firm. Our agents close about 8 times the avergage agent in NYC...so yeah, lots of business to be had whether on the buy side or the sell side. The money is the same color either way. Being the listing agent is far from a guarantee from a commission. Also worth noting, since co-op sales (about 70% of the inventory here) requires board approval of the purchaser- having the wrong agent on either or both sides of the equation can easily kill a deal despite getting the sale into contract.

Jun 13, 2022 07:45 AM