Reflection of being a rookie in real estate

When this blog says Adventures in Rookie Real Estate, for me that is completely true-I am a real rookie.  I have only been in the business for a little over a year and a half.  My background is in Engineering sales and business development and life insurance.  I went into this thinking how hard can this be.  Well a year and a half later I can answer that question-VERY HARD.  I have never been in a business where you end up working so much for little return.  Yes people, even my husband, see us working from home, having a flexible schedule and think we have it so easy.  I swear I really think my husband thinks when I am working from home I am really sitting on the couch eating bon bons and watching Ellen and Dr Phil.  Well here is some news, from morning until night I am always working on something.  This has to be the hardest job I have had with little payoff.  May be after I have in this business for a while it will get easier, but right now it is not.  My anxiety level over this job can sometimes be through the roof.  It is not just getting clients that can be a problem-it is getting them to buy that can be the problem.  I have lost many deals simply because no matter how much urgency I put into the situation, for one reason or another they want to wait and then it is too late.  You can bring a horse to water, know and convince them that they are thirsty, but you still cannot make them drink.  It can be quite frustrating.  I have some clients I would like to hit them over the head to get the deal done.  So the question is with all this work for the past year and a half with little pay-off really worth it? Do you walk away or do you keep working hoping that change is right around the corner.  It is a gamble.  And being so new I cannot answer that question.  I just know that I feel like I have put so much into this job to make it work that I want to see a pay off and somewhere inside me I really believe I will.  But if you are new like I am or even thinking about going into this business-make no mistake, it is a hard business.  When you are new, there is nothing that is easy about it.  I was asked recently if I regretted getting into real estate.  To be honest, I am not.  I have a strong belief in myself and know that all I am doing will pay off at some point.  I honestly never in a million years this would end up being the hardest job I have ever had.  And the most expensive.  So that is my reflection being a rookie in real estate

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