I'm a Realtor AND I Have a REAL Job!

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Real Estate Agent with Leading Edge Properties

When you read my title, you may have been under the impression that I list and sell real estate on the weekends and in the evenings: AFTER I finish my "Real" job.  You know, the one where I make a steady paycheck, receive benefits and get paid vacations.

Wrong.

I list and sell real estate every day, at least 9-5, and usually on the weekends and in the evenings too.

This post has been prompted by a phone call I received Sunday morning.  An agent called to question me about one of the listings in my office.  She had a buyer who desperately wanted to see the house, but must sell his current home before purchasing another.  "I have a REAL JOB," she claimed.  "I don't have time to chauffeur people around who can't actually buy a house at this time!"

Apart from her attitude, which was disagreeable to say the least, the part that truly irked me was that she was implying that my chosen profession of Realtor is somehow NOT a real job???

Not only do I come to my office every weekday, but I also show property in the evenings, attend home inspections on the weekends, write offers, list homes, answer client questions, take pictures, prepare advertising materials, install signs and lockboxes, etc. whenever necessary!

I work hard at this "job," and its more than annoying to have others who ought to know better disparage me and my job.   Very frankly, if that's how you feel about the profession, you clearly shouldn't be a part of it.

Don't get me wrong, there are lots of capable and thorough "part-time" Realtors out there, I know, I've worked with some of them.  Everyone needs to do what is necessary to provide for themselves and their families. 

Unfortunately though, I see things like limited information in the mls, a couple photos of a new listing instead of the potential 30 that could be included.  Then there's the vanishing addendums, missing signatures on the contract, or inspections that don't get ordered on time because "I'm sorry, I'm at my real job...I just don't have time to handle the details of this real estate transaction." 

So who ends up taking care of everything?

Me, the one without a real job.

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Amy Salisbury, Realtor/Owner

                                 amy@askleadingedge.com     www.askleadingedge.com

 Leading Edge Properties

130 Augustine Avenue, Unit 54, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414 

304.724.9191

Striving to provide excellent customer satisfaction in all things real estate related in the beautiful Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, just an hour west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.

Serving Jefferson County: Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown.  Berkeley County: Martinsburg, Inwood, Bunker Hill, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Gerrardstown.

Please feel free to email questions and comments!

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Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

Make you're life easier. Get a real job. Maybe you could become a state trooper or a pilot they work 9-5

The glamor of it all

Enjoy the day

Mar 16, 2010 02:17 PM #1
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Betsie Melter
Realty ONE Group - Chandler, AZ

I totally agree with you! We work more like 58-70 hours a week (because we are "on call"). Our jobs don't start and stop between the hours of 8-5 Mon-Friday. I have many friends who will call me on the week days and say "since you aren't working can you do this for me?" I am working, just because I might be at home on my computer or driving around previewing homes, doesn't mean I am not working!

Thanks for the post.

Mar 16, 2010 02:18 PM #2
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Wayne and Lynda Gomillion
Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC - Pinehurst, NC

From our perspective REALTORS are over worked and under paid!... Would you agree?

Mar 16, 2010 02:20 PM #3
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Keith Landis
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It really is a 24/7 job nowadays.  That Blackberry never stops buzzing.

Mar 16, 2010 03:22 PM #4
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Amy Salisbury
Leading Edge Properties - Charles Town, WV
West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley

Don - Well, there you go!  LOL...

Betsie - Its the lament of us all... our jobs sometimes never stop!  Thanks for commenting!

Wayne and Lynda - I know I am!  :)

Keith - So true, tho, I do turn my phone off at night!

Mar 16, 2010 04:57 PM #5
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Amy:  Nice to see you, lady!  You must be busy as can be because I haven't seen you around AR for a while. I hate the part-timers attitude.  This is a REAL job....is you're doing it right.

Mar 16, 2010 08:01 PM #6
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Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
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Ha ! Yeah the 60-70 hours I put in each week is just chauffeuring around folks for fun - I need a 'real' job !

lol !!!

 

Cheers Amy ! At least your ActiveRain peeps can appreciate you and the 'real' job you have :o)

Mar 17, 2010 10:19 AM #7
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Amy Salisbury
Leading Edge Properties - Charles Town, WV
West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley

Chris Ann - Yeah, its that attitude...am I crazy for thinking that part-timers, of all people, should understand the nature of our jobs???  Of course, there's a reason they're working another job outside of our profession...

Funny Brit - You have to laugh about it, don't you?  Hope you're drying out!

 

Mar 17, 2010 11:18 AM #8
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Amy Salisbury
Leading Edge Properties - Charles Town, WV
West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley

Chris Ann - Yeah, its that attitude...am I crazy for thinking that part-timers, of all people, should understand the nature of our jobs???  Of course, there's a reason they're working another job outside of our profession...

Funny Brit - You have to laugh about it, don't you?  Hope you're drying out!

 

Mar 17, 2010 11:19 AM #9
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Aaron Poling
Long & Foster - Martinsburg, WV
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For that particular agent, it isn't a real job. She is not treating it like one. This attitude probably reflects the service her clients are receiving, and that probably effects the quality and quantity of the clients she gets. Great Post! Thanks Aaron

Mar 17, 2010 12:34 PM #10
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