Your Life as a Real Estate Agent/Broker
April 5, 2010 8:10 AM Subscribe
What's life like as a real estate agent? I've considered it in the past; I'm considering it again. But what should I know about the good and -- more important -- the bad before taking classes and embarking on this new career?
posted by Work to Live to Work & Money (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Life behind a desk is becoming increasingly untenable and I'd like to make a change.
In the past I've considered becoming a real estate agent and, possibly, a broker somewhere down the line. I enjoy interacting with people one-on-one, understanding their needs, and working to satisfy them. I have 20 years experience in advertising, and think that might give me a leg up when it comes to marketing properties and myself. I'm interested in homes, architecture and decor. And I'd enjoy the opportunity to work non-traditional hours and be outside of an office. There's decent earning potential there, too.
Those are the good points. But what about the bad? I know we're still in a housing slump which continues to affect many agents' professions and finances. I'm sure there are nightmare clients, just like in any field. What else should I know? What's the worst part of the job? The best? I'm in Chicago, but welcome responses from anywhere.
There are lots of questions on the AskMe about finding and working with real estate agents, and even taking the tests, but none that I saw about the actual ins and outs of the job on a daily basis. That's where you come in, with my thanks.