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Old 05-24-2007, 06:26 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

My husband and I are relocating from NY in September. I currently work as a leasing agent in NYC at a large apartment complex. I know real estate is booming in Charlotte (new communities/ new condos uptown), but is there a thriving job market for people with real estate expreience. Also, what is the average annual salary for an on-site agent? Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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I know there are quit a few good realtors on this website how about helping this person out.
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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There's a difference in an on-site agent and a Realtor. I don't have any idea what an on-site agent's annual salary is. I do know that Realtors don't have salaries. There's no way to determine what the "market" is since we're self employed and do our own marketing; it varies from agent to agent.
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:53 PM
 
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I'm assuming by on-site agent you mean working for a builder. If so, these are normally draw vs commission type positions where you are considered an employee of the company and receive benefits, etc. By law you are not required to have a real estate license but almost all of them have made it mandatory. You can be a Realtor and work as an on-site agent. Also, almost every builder will not let you practice General Brokerage.

Myself and many others on this board practice General Brokerage and work for Real Estate Brokerage Firms. There are many, many factors that come into play that determine our success within the industry.

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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I'm assuming by on-site agent you mean working for a builder. If so, these are normally draw vs commission type positions where you are considered an employee of the company and receive benefits, etc. By law you are not required to have a real estate license but almost all of them have made it mandatory. You can be a Realtor and work as an on-site agent. Also, almost every builder will not let you practice General Brokerage.

Myself and many others on this board practice General Brokerage and work for Real Estate Brokerage Firms. There are many, many factors that come into play that determine our success within the industry.

Hope this helps.
Thank you for clarifying that. I didn't mean that no Realtors earn a salary, but self employed Realtors in general brokerage like myself don't. And, I guess you could add that even though the real estate industry is thriving in Charlotte, not every Realtor is making six figures. There are a lot of us here and the competition is tough.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:49 PM
 
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DonewithNY, I think you will do great here. I have been telling my realtor friends in the northeast there are many opportunities here. I often refer them to this board of course I do not tell them the Duke sent them, but I now many are considering jumping ship and moving down. It really is a great area and the land of plenty. Good luck!
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Old 05-25-2007, 03:16 PM
 
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I have seen agents relocate here with good results.

It goes back to the same old saying of what you put into you get out.

Take the time to learn the areas, develop your marketing plan/strategies, always do the right thing, and you will be just fine.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I've been thinking of that, as many of my friends are realtors, that's true, the sales staff on many sites are not realtors, it is cheaper for the builder and less responsibility. hence the salary: not much.
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:10 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I'm really more interested in an on-site position, like working for a builder or a new condo in the city.

I've been working in NY as a real estate agent for the past 5 years. Initially, I was a realtor, meaning an independent contractor working solely on commissions, and for the past two years, I have been an on-site agent. I love the stability that on-site offers since I get a base salary, benefits, plus commissions.

I guess my next question would be...is there a job website, newspaper, or other source that would have job listings for the real estate industry. Or, do you think that I should just go to the different offices and introduce myself once I get to Charlotte? I'm not sure if that approach would work; however, I know that people in Charlotte are more approachable and friendlier than they are in NY and maybe someone could steer me in the right direction.


Thanks again for all of your feedback.
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:23 AM
 
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CareerBuilder.com is one of the most reliable local sources. You can post your resume there and check available listings. You might also try contacting some of the builders direct. You can get builder information online through your search engine, Charlotte Home Builders.
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