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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

ask yourself why you got into it. itemize those reasons on a list, use a 8 x 11 paper. then write down your goals (as you see them now) tape this list with reasons onto you mirror in your bathroom. leave room to write. leave a pen on the counter under the mirror. every morning and every evening ask yourself about those goals and reasons. are they the same now? what did you do to achieve those  today? good luck and have fun

Nov 12, 2015 12:15 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Find a seasoned, honest, intelligent agent to help show you the ropes.  Offer to be a buyers agent while you learn.  See if the brokerage provides free training or shadow an agent.  Best way to learn is by doing but it is hard to do when you dont know what to do.  Good luck, keep a positive attitude and you will do great.

Nov 12, 2015 12:20 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Here is a wonderful article from 15 top realtors giving advice to new real estate agents.  It's just published.  There are several contributors here from Active Rain.

Nov 12, 2015 06:49 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Align yourself with good positive and productive agents. Stay focused on what you are interested in doing(find a niche market). Don't try to be a one stop shop.

Nov 12, 2015 12:29 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

If you haven't done so already - make a business plan!

Nov 12, 2015 12:25 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

I'm kind of in your shoes. Although I don't have my license yet, finding somebody that can help guide you is of the utmost importance. I've found that many of the top producing agents are more than happy to offer you advice. Take advantage of it.

Nov 12, 2015 12:23 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Congats. Find a brokerage that will teach you the skills of real estate. Focus onb the traning and not the commission splits.

Nov 12, 2015 12:19 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

In the immortal words of John Belushi in Animal House, "Start drinking heavily." Kidding, but keep your sense of humor, align with the smartest pros you can, learn your area inside out and commit the contracts and forms to memory. Also, read books on real estate law in your state and review your state's statutes.

Nov 12, 2015 12:17 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

A mentor, coach or one that will go through the steps such as a business plan and work plan.

Nov 12, 2015 12:13 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

Find a highly recommended mentor. 

Nov 12, 2015 12:07 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

You bet.  Move to our area and join us.... LOL  

Nov 12, 2015 02:05 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brooklynn Shull Find a good mentor who will teach you the business.

Nov 12, 2015 01:39 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

Allign yourself with a Brokerage thats well known in your area and offers its Agents training. The brokerage that im lined up with assigns a mentor to every newly licensed Agent for the first year and The new Agent accompanies the mentor on listing appointments, open houses etc..  You can also go into You Tube and look up "Borino" hes a real estate trainer and has lots of informative videos. I never bought any of his courses (although I am considering it) but I did find his videos to be very informative.

Nov 12, 2015 01:33 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You can learn a lot from active rain. There was a contest recently on this topic.

Nov 12, 2015 01:07 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Find a brokerage where training is high on their list. If you get hooked up with someone you are ready to go.

Nov 12, 2015 12:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Clearly establish what you want to accomplish as a real estate agent and get to work on your goals and action plans.

The was an October contest to suggest advice for new agents. Read those blogs.

Nov 12, 2015 12:29 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

RUN!  Run as fast as you can!

Welcome aboard the most dynamic and agile and creative business enterprise on the planet.  The outcome will be EXACTLY what you make it. But YOU must MAKE it. There are no free rides.

Now, what you do is meet up with the broker at Indy Home Shop and say, "Let's get started on implementing my business plan as you agreed to do."

Then follow the directions provided.

As you know, a real estate agent is a small business owner. Like any small business owner, you would have created a business plan before you plunked down your dollars to go that real estate school. 

Now is the time to bring it into reality.

 Back to the opening line. It is the lion and gazelle story. Keep running.


Nov 12, 2015 12:18 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Don't ever stop trying to learn something new everyday Brooklynn Shull matter how long you are in it! And tell yourself every morning that you are going to be the best!!!!!

You will do great!

Nov 15, 2015 04:14 AM
Cathi Weuve
Real Estate America INC. - Cedar Rapids, IA
First time home buyers, to seasoned home sellers.

Iowa Real Estate 101 blog post. I followed you, so you can follow me if you wish. Good luck, it is NOT easy to make it in this business.

Nov 15, 2015 12:02 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Definitely keeping an eye on this conversation.  Great responses!

Nov 14, 2015 02:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Find a good mentor.  A

Nov 13, 2015 12:37 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Treat it like a business and not a job.

Have a business plan in place (I would start on 1/1/16)

Prospect every day.

Nov 12, 2015 09:50 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

There was a contest Pat Kennedy hosted last month.  Read the entries and you'll have a LOT of great advice.  the entries are posted in the comments.  There is likely hundreds of them.


Nov 12, 2015 12:18 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sit down and read all of entries to Debbie Reynolds contest for newbies last month

Nov 12, 2015 11:54 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Get active here in ActiveRain.  Pick a subject you want to learn about and go to the groups tab on your home page.  Read and learn.  Ask questions.  Contact the post writer for clarification or more information. This is where you will learn HOW to be a great agent!

Nov 12, 2015 11:38 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Congratulations Brooklynn!


I'd say the first steps would be to get familiar with your area, find your business focus, make a business plan, find a mentor and check out the October contest about "best advice for a newbie."  Lots of good info there.


And of course, ask your questions... which you obviously have down!

Nov 12, 2015 11:11 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

You're off to a great start, by joining Active Rain.  If you ever have any questions, thee are over 200,000 members that will be thrilled to help you.

As far as Real Estate is concerned, the biggest thing is Communications between you, your clients and other Real Estate professionals.

Nov 12, 2015 10:38 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Patricia Kennedy just did a contest on what advice us members would give to a new agent. Here is the link. You can read all of the entries and get a lot of great advice. Good luck. 

Nov 12, 2015 10:25 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

You're in the right place. Start with the Active Rain University and learn there. 

Nov 12, 2015 09:12 AM
John Bueche
Reviron Realty - Hemet, CA

Be consistent with marketing. Partner with an experienced agent. Go visit as many homes as possible in your area, and carry a list of those homes with you. Always listen to your clients wants and needs.

Nov 12, 2015 08:16 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Choose a brokerage that has good training, shadow a top agent and be their free assistant to learn the ropes, and work your sphere of influence to get your first deals.

Nov 12, 2015 07:07 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Don't spend a lot of money. People will be trying to sell you every bit of new technology they can. Take your time, research websites companies, send out announcements to everyone you know that you are now licensed. research neighborhoods to farm. just don't try to rush to do it all.

Nov 12, 2015 04:47 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Lend everyone your ear and not your mouth...Richfuscious

Nov 12, 2015 03:56 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, don't listen to what anyone tells you to do, except for your broker and a mentor that is willing to guide you.

Nov 12, 2015 03:29 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Best advice is to no matter how many calls you get offering leads, and how good it sounds dont buy leads ever. It will be a big waste of money. Second advice would be to start learning and reading as much as you can on marketing, social media etc. from free sources like 

Also follow some sales people on Facebook as you can learn a lot from their posts.

Nov 12, 2015 03:05 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty


Nov 12, 2015 02:23 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Talk to everyone yo know and let them know what you do.  when yo are done, talk toa all ofthem again, as most will not have remembered...REPEAT REPEAT  REPEAT

Nov 12, 2015 01:43 AM