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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Start building your database so you can stay away from wasting money on buying leads, start networking and attending MeetUps, etc. to help build that database and start assisting top producers with their open houses and other duties they'll trust you with so you can learn in the trenches. Not much happens at your desk unless you are prospecting or writing contracts. Good Luck and welcome to the funny farm.

Feb 19, 2017 04:38 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Start with one catefory of real estate and get it down cold. Doesn't mean you can do more than one type but you need something about you that is special.

Feb 19, 2017 07:07 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The secret is hard work.  Calling everyone you know many times over.

Don't buy leads, very very seldom does it pay.  Put that money into marketin gyourself and you will have people calling on that marketing for years to come.

Feb 19, 2017 07:02 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Build your sphere of influence. 

      Establish an internet presence (for yourself, not for the company that you work for).

Feb 19, 2017 06:39 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

#1 List your sphere - create a database

#2 Get out there and meet more people

#3 Choose a farm and get involved in that neighborhood

GOOD LUCK and welcome to ActiveRain...and real estate!  You're going to love it - both the business and this wonderful group of talented professionals!

Feb 19, 2017 07:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Debbie Reynolds just wrote a good post on this that I reblogged last night.

Check that out along with about a thousand other blog posts that will help you in this area.

Feb 19, 2017 06:15 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Congratulations and we wish you continued success. Both Teri Pacitto and Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS have given you superb advice.  Start reading posts on Active Rain, there are so many great writers and so much great information.  A

Feb 19, 2017 05:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You have some good information below from Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS and Teri Pacitto . Be careful about your spending - track all your expenses closely at least every month. Be sure to network here egularly - you will learn a ton from all the members who are also happy to help with questions. Good luck!

Feb 19, 2017 04:58 PM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Congrats and there are going to be many shiny new things coming at you and they will start looking like shooting stars.  Don't get caught up in buying things but focus on building a database of everyone you know and letting everyone know what you do.  If you chose a good brokerage to,hang your license you should start taking every training class you can.  There will be a lot coming at you so hopefully this is a full time career for you and it's going to take laser focus attention and your job is to learn everything you can.  As Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS said, welcome to the funny farm.  He's got a point but I'd say welcome to the zoo. 

One more thing...get a business is not becoming on you

Feb 19, 2017 04:49 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Feb 20, 2017 06:12 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Don't waste money chasing rabbit trails! Build leads by talking to people, asking for referrals, shaking hands, volunteering in the community, etc. And be prepared for it to take two years to build a good clientele.

Feb 19, 2017 09:57 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

So excited for you..congratulations on choosing real estate as your career! Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS gave you some excellent advice as well as Teri Pacitto ! Good luck!!

Feb 19, 2017 05:22 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

listen to everything your broker tells you to do

Feb 19, 2017 05:12 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Avoid spending money on things until you have commission checks to help you pay for it. Take business cards with you everywhere, and take to everyone you know. Other than that I have read many of the other advice here so I won't repeat it all

Feb 26, 2018 12:10 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Open house to pay the bills. Then follow a top producer. Take him or her out for coffee and pick their brains.

Mar 04, 2017 09:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Take business cards with you everywhere, and take to everyone you know.

Feb 22, 2017 01:34 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Welcome to real estate and welcome to the active Rain community!

All the best! 

p.s. Come here often, I'm sure, you'll learn a lot by using Search or asking specific questions and make a lot of good friends. 

Feb 21, 2017 12:01 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Take a CRS Business Building course......excellent education for new and more seasoned agents.

Feb 20, 2017 03:41 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Make sure that they mentor you weekly


Feb 20, 2017 10:50 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I wrote a post on Saturday about Words of Wisdom for New Agents that comes from years of experience. Check it out if you like.

Feb 20, 2017 09:57 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I second Thomas Nelson's answer.

Feb 20, 2017 09:52 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Internet is a huge piece of my business.  You have many great comments here ... most of which I agree with.  Build your own WP site.  I am not a fan of buying a cookie cutter site and paying month over month to use it.  It's your business ... build it for you and own it. 

Feb 20, 2017 09:37 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Finish what you start and remain open and pliable on the learning curves..

Feb 20, 2017 07:18 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

learn to market and make your phone ring....every ring is potential business....learn to answer the phone and close for an appointment.... just close for the appointment to meet the caller, whether it's a buyer or a homeowner.... 

Feb 20, 2017 07:10 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

The key is:  It's YOUR business.  Not your brokers.  Not your franchise's. YOURS.  Build it.  Have your own website and email address.  Oh and work your tail off providing the best service ever and never let a past client forget you or where you are.

Feb 20, 2017 07:01 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Do not waste money on buying leads, generate your own throgh blogging, social media and thse you meet through yor business dealings. 

Feb 20, 2017 06:58 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The best lead generation system is face-to-face encounters with real people.

Feb 20, 2017 06:07 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Assumptions ARE dangerous, but your question and actions you have already taken requires the following assumptions to be made:

1. You are a real small business owner and prepared a business plan before entering real estate school.

2. You selected your brokerage based on objective, not subjective criteria

3. The broker committed to assisting in implementing YOUR business plan.

4. The broker committed to getting you engaged in a transaction within 30 days.

Four YESs we're good to GO!

I. Start today to create your story. Pick something. ANYTHING! That gives you something to talk about. It does not need to be unique, but must be clear. As an example, my message is EMPOWERMENT! The collateral behind it is the outcome of being in the trenches many years. People LIKE to be empowered, I lead them to the resource.

II. List your 'LISTS." That is who do you know.

I am not ad advocate of newbies burning bridges to family and friends. Although they are more tolerant of goof-ups, I just wouldn't do that.

That leaves, work mates, associations, volunteer groups, church, Christmas card list, met and haven't met email addresses AND/or a full blown commitment to online marketing. Online works best when you have a story.

III. What do you have the most of, Time or MONEY.

Nothing advances your career in both maturity and substance like putting yourself in from of strangers Immediate conformation of you really have a story.

IV. Your business plan identified your ideal client. Mine the MLS to identify where this client is located and project your presence and person into the community(s).

Closing: You should know at this time for you, there is only one game in town. That is to separate you from $12,000 of your hard earned dollars. The temptation to buy your way to success will result in never acquiring the essential skills and never seeing your 2nd year anniversary.

Megan, you have come to the right place to get stared correctly.

Feb 20, 2017 06:02 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Persistence and have enough money set aside to survive at least 6 months!

Welcome to the crazy train :)

Feb 20, 2017 05:53 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would ask your broker.

Feb 20, 2017 05:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Build you database every day and provide the informaton that will bring results.

Feb 20, 2017 05:42 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Focus, hard, Continuing efforts pay off in time.

Feb 20, 2017 05:28 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck in achieving your goals.

Feb 20, 2017 04:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hard work, learning the market and building your data base.

Feb 20, 2017 03:23 AM
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

Be Honest in all your dealing !!

Feb 20, 2017 02:31 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

There is no single key to success.  You're starting in the right place by asking questions of other pros.  Find a successful mentor and learn everything you can from them.  Network for professional contacts as well as leads.

Feb 20, 2017 12:37 AM
Toronto, ON

Make sure you make a profit and don't spend money on unnecessary expenses.

Feb 19, 2017 10:32 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Meagan Husted - first of all - you are at the best place!

And next, you'll find so many tips here on how to become the best at what you do.

Welcome to ActiveRain.

This is The Best place to learn, share and build relationships with like-minded professionals.

Feb 19, 2017 09:56 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Work on your sphere of influence. Volunteer for any floor opportunities and open houses you can sit. Listen to veterans and if your brokerage offers internet lead opportunities, take advantage of these. Congratulations on your new career. Real estate can be a fabulous profession if you treat it like your full time job.  It cannot be done part time successfully.

Feb 19, 2017 08:31 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Congratulations! In addition to the answers already given, I would add enrolling in the Brian Buffini's Peak Producers training program.

Feb 19, 2017 08:22 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Be open to learn everything you should have been taught before you got your license. You will learn more your whole career.

Feb 19, 2017 08:17 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Meagan Husted Work for a broker who has a good mentoring and training program.

Feb 19, 2017 05:19 PM