U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Connecticut
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-11-2013, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
14,728 posts, read 17,960,947 times
Reputation: 3333

Advertisements

I've always thought about becoming a realtor someday and operating my own business.

This is still pretty far down the line, but it never hurts to start thinking now.

I had my own marketing agency in the past and really liked running my own business. I've now worked for several marketing agencies and like the work, but not the stress or politics. It's fine for now, and I'm making good money - but I don't see myself doing it in 10 years (I'm 29 now).

Why do I feel suited to real estate? I have a knack for a lot of aspects: local information, home decor/design, photography (it amazes me how BAD some realtors are at it), marketing/design skills, web/social media savvy, public speaking/sales/pitch abilities, etc. If there's one thing I can do, it's market and sell the crap out of something.

I'm even working on an online real estate startup with a colleague right now.

Incidentally, my dad went from advertising to real estate in his career.

I guess the challenge would be the transition. I'm making six figures at the moment, and can't imagine making anything close to that when I start out. I would have to have a cushion. But more importantly, how would I start out?

What are the requirements in CT for getting a broker's license and having your own agency? Do you have to work for an outside company for a while?

Right now I have a bachelor's in business, what else would I need to do education wise?

The information out there is daunting and sometimes contradictory, so I would love to get some thoughts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-11-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
15,742 posts, read 22,008,066 times
Reputation: 5278
I really don't know, bit given your knowledge on the area, I think you'd make a great realtor. Looking forward to the responses...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
14,728 posts, read 17,960,947 times
Reputation: 3333
Surprised no one has chimed in yet.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 10:11 AM
 
8,780 posts, read 16,254,102 times
Reputation: 5219
I have more respect for a new car salesman........
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
15,742 posts, read 22,008,066 times
Reputation: 5278
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stratford, Ct. Resident View Post
I have more respect for a new car salesman........
Ouch!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
16,228 posts, read 25,443,476 times
Reputation: 25170
Y'know how everyone loves when they know more than you do and they get to help you by answering your questions? Is there a realtor that you can call and ask these questions? I'll give you the name of my CT realtor (West Hartford) if you'd like to call him. He's a terrific guy. Let me know...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
14,728 posts, read 17,960,947 times
Reputation: 3333
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stratford, Ct. Resident View Post
I have more respect for a new car salesman........
Really? Why? If someone is good at it and honest, they're not harming anyone.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
15,742 posts, read 22,008,066 times
Reputation: 5278
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stylo View Post
Really? Why? If someone is good at it and honest, they're not harming anyone.
Yeah, I agree. I know a lot of very good realtors. I actually know a good Realtor out of Milford who could give you a few pointers. Like Dawn offered, let me know if you'd like his info.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 11:43 AM
 
8,780 posts, read 16,254,102 times
Reputation: 5219
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stylo View Post
Really? Why? If someone is good at it and honest, they're not harming anyone.
The realty business just strikes me as very sleazy overall. The standards for obtaining a license are miniscule. There is no oversight of the industry and its tactics. I guess if you are really on top of it, you can do well. But why would you want to have to rely on working with a majority of other "professionals" whom have no ethics and are uneducated? I've only seen 2 realtors that occasionally post on the CT board that have their *h*t together. They are definitely in the minority.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-13-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
14,728 posts, read 17,960,947 times
Reputation: 3333
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stratford, Ct. Resident View Post
The realty business just strikes me as very sleazy overall. The standards for obtaining a license are miniscule. There is no oversight of the industry and its tactics. I guess if you are really on top of it, you can do well. But why would you want to have to rely on working with a majority of other "professionals" whom have no ethics and are uneducated? I've only seen 2 realtors that occasionally post on the CT board that have their *h*t together. They are definitely in the minority.
That's kind of where I see opportunity. I worked with some realtors before buying my house and none impressed me in the least. Being in marketing and pitching big accounts on a regular basis, I felt like none had any presentation or speaking skills. No sense of marketing savvy. When I sold my townhouse, I did my own listing/photos (rented some lenses for my Nikon and made it look like those professional multi-million dollar listings - photos are everything), set the price myself, and just had a realtor friend post it for me. Sold in 8 days in a down market.

Thanks all for the offers, I may seek them out at some point. Or I may contact the aforementioned realtor friend again at some point, but don't want to bug her just yet as she manages a big office and is always crazy busy.

For now I just need some basic info to stew on.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Connecticut
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top