The prep work to become a realtor is sort of crazy. Take classes. Take a test. Pass the test. Take the state test. Pass the state test. Find a broker to hold your license. Transfer your license to them from the Real Estate Commission. Join LBAR. Take LBAR new agent classes. Set up the LBAR profile. Get an agent ID number. Get your picture for cards. Order cards. Get set up at your new office.
Then nothing because you don’t have any clients.
I do remember sitting at my computer at home in March of 2005. It was the first time I ever logged into the “Agent only” access to LBAR. I was so excited. I got to see selling prices, what type of financing the buyer did, who the buyer’s agent was, the agent only remarks, seller disclosures, if there were any seller paid concessions, etc.
After I spent about an hour playing around on that site I think I went outside and played with my kids because there was nothing to do.
That was the last day I ever had nothing to do. I think I have worked literally every single day since then, at least a little.
I would have never imagined what today was like. Doing about everything online. Back then I would send maybe 10 texts a day and spend hours on the phone talking to people. Now I spend 10 minutes talking to people and all day texting. I would have been shocked that there would be a giant website to look at houses for sale anywhere. I would have been even more shocked that the Great Recession would wipe out about 20% of the property values here and make being a new realtor a bit more challenging.
Sometimes when I log on to LBAR in the morning to see new listings, pending and sold houses, I remember sitting at my old computer that day. Keeping up with the market is one of the few things that really fascinates me…..the other two are cars and the beauty of nature. It’s been a good time and I sure hope to be doing this for at least the next 15 years.