Mark Don McInnes,  Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate    -    208-255.6227 (Sandpoint Realty LLC)

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Basically the same but things are changing at the speed of light.  

Oct 30, 2015 11:47 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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I have learned a tremendous amount that I didn't know. Frankly I had no idea what was involved to make a good living in real estate. It think the work is a lot harder than anyone realizes.

Oct 30, 2015 11:23 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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I was new to real estate but not to business and not to life.  The business is different than what I expected and certainly not what was taught in the licensing course.   I wished I had made the change earlier but still glad I entered the field.  

Oct 31, 2015 12:49 AM
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Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
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 Good Saturday morning Mark. If I had known then what I know now, I may have chosen a different career path. However, now that I'm 14 years into the industry, I plan on taking that knowledge and build a million-dollar company!

Oct 30, 2015 06:10 PM
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Marco Giancola
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Hi Mark, basically it is the same as "perceived" BUT it has totally changed since I became licensed a quarter of a century ago. Some good-computer vs weekly mls book of listings. Bad-internet access to all listings by anybody. Before that a customer depended on us to find them a home. Now they want to do it their selves and only see your listings. If you have no listings you are out of business-at least that is how it is down here!

Oct 30, 2015 09:50 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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As a dinosaur, I began when agents in the same office did not necessarily share listings and saw the changes leading to the MLS. The only thing that has not changed is this is a relationship business!

Oct 30, 2015 09:19 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Mark. I have seen both sides, being in it, building it to a 100 agent company and selling the company. It has definitely changed, but will always be a relationship business.

Make it a great weekend!

Oct 30, 2015 08:22 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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It was very cut throat in my area when I started and I thought it would be different. Now, 17 years later, it seems more professional Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint !

Oct 30, 2015 02:04 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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I don't remember what I thought it would be like, I just thought I would make a lot of money. I do make some money, but the pleasure I receive for helping someone achieve their dream of home ownership is much more rewarding than the money.

Oct 30, 2015 01:11 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Mark, it's sort of yes to both questions.  A lot of it is what I expected, and all of the technical stuff was a surprise.

Oct 30, 2015 11:42 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint the way we do 'transactions' have changed a lot over last decade.

However, the business is still the same - one-to-one, face-to-face and belly-to-belly.

Lead generation methods may have changes, the fundamental that we have to generate leads for the business is still there.

Principals remain the same, techniques change (thanks to Buffini & Company for this insight.)

Oct 31, 2015 02:08 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Having come out of international corporate sales, real estate sales is  a 'piece of cake' and it is what you make of it.

Oct 31, 2015 01:58 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint From a technical aspect the real estate business has really changed for the better. On the negative side technology has taken away a lot of the face-to-face aspect of the business.

Oct 31, 2015 12:29 AM
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Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Real estate is always changing and never remains constant and you have to adapt to the constant cycles and changes . 

Oct 30, 2015 11:07 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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I am enjoying the ride.

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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Mark,
Not to be flippant but it has been so long that I can’t recall what my expectations were.

Oct 31, 2015 02:03 PM
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Ha!  No way.  We're 7 years in and it has changed every year.  We're okay with that, because even with all of the change, the cream rises to the top.  Embrace the change.  

Oct 31, 2015 10:22 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

It's a thousand times better.  When I started I thought there is no way I would do this for long.  Too much work, too uncertain revenue stream, but you know what, I love it.  I wouldn't change a think other than to keep learning and keep working. 

Oct 31, 2015 02:13 AM