I am a real estate agent, and so is my lovely bride. I happen to think we are pretty good at it. Helping people buy and sell real estate is our job. It’s how we pay the mortgage and feed the children. Given that, it’s important that we do it well. So we always “give it 110%”.
There are a lot of real estate agents. Something like 9,000 in the Phoeinx area. That’s a lot of competition. Competition is good–it encourages everyone in the profession to do better.
Why then are there so many lousy, horrible, lazy, no good agents out there?
Part of the problem, in my opinion, is that it’s far too easy to get a real estate sales license. Ididn’t know diddly squat about real estate when I went to real estate school. 90 classroom hours later (I did it in three weeks. 2 classes a day, 3 days a week. It sucked, and I don’t recommend it. Francy took her course over a more reasonable 6 week period). Anyway, after three weeks of class, I sat for the real estate licensing exam. Passed both parts the first time. (you don’t have to be a genius, you just have to listen in class). Found myself a broker, signed a form, went to the local MLS and REALTOR associations, filled out a couple more forms, wrote more checks and BANG! I was a licensed real estate agent–I could call myself a “real estate professional”.