As full time realtors we certainly work hard. There are endless stories of clients that go nowhere, listings that never happen, marathon showings that amount to nothing. It's likely the same for all of us, but it always strikes me just how lucky I am to be a realtor where I am. Just like houses.....location, location, location can mean a big difference in real estate.
I happen to be fortunate to live and work in a true "destination" area in which people flock to visit, the weather is almost always great and the worst weathe issue we have is that it never rains.
This makes for not only a wonderful place to live, but a advantageous place to work. There's not doubt that realtors in other areas work just as hard as I do, and with commission percentages basically the same, we're incredibly lucky to be selling homes in a place where median home prices are in the 7 digits. Perhaps the one disadvantage is that along with the increased commissions and home prices certainly comes increased competion. There are not just an incredible number of licensed realtors we compete against, but many would be (or have been) very successful in just about any other career. Having said that...in a town like this even one really big home sale can make for a pretty good year.
I'm even more fortunate as I've listed and sold a number of oceanfront homes. While I'd certainly rather spend the weekend at the beach with my family, spending the day meeting buyers while enjoying these views just isn't so bad. Selling homes like this certainly makes it easy to love what you do. We're awfully lucky to sell homes in locations like this!