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Old 07-19-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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I lived in Tampa for most of my 20's and have been back in NY for about 10 years. We're contemplating moving back to the area and I'm contemplating becoming a realtor in Florida. I have extensive experience working the legal end of real estate (as a paralegal) and I have an interest in selling it as opposed to (in additon to maybe) closing it! LOL

I'm looking for some input on how saturated the area is with realtors? Or is there room for at least one more realtor?

Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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In 2011, the median gross income of Florida Realtors was $34,600. It has risen in the past few years since the pricing correction forced many realtors to find honest employment outside the industry. Any additional pigs at the trough just take food away from everyone else trying to eat, but there may be opportunities from the legal side. The foreclosure mess will continue through the rest of the decade. There are properties that have been floting in limbo in the court system for five or six years.

NAR will try to sell you this report for $150, but here's the link for free. Knock yourself out:

http://www.floridarealtors.org/Resea...file_FINAL.pdf
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:19 AM
 
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I lived in Tampa for most of my 20's and have been back in NY for about 10 years. We're contemplating moving back to the area and I'm contemplating becoming a realtor in Florida. I have extensive experience working the legal end of real estate (as a paralegal) and I have an interest in selling it as opposed to (in additon to maybe) closing it! LOL

I'm looking for some input on how saturated the area is with realtors? Or is there room for at least one more realtor?

Thanks!
Theres always room for one more, but I don't think it pays what it once did.

There's a ton of realtors on this forum, i'm sure they'll chime in when they read your question.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:41 AM
 
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I wish some agents would turn in their licenses...

We a dealing on a daily base with agents who never return calls, and never answer an email...perhaps they have full time jobs but it is annoying to the hard working agents who work in the field full time and try to advise clients and will do everything they can to help their clients but are not able to reach the other agent.

Also many agents just put their own property on the market to obtain leads since that I'd a cheap way of advertising even though it is called blind advertising.


We definitely need more "good" realtors and the competitiveness will cause others to act more professional or to leave the field.

I would also like to have lockbox keys with fingerprint recognition so agents can't illegally "provide" their key to an agent who can't afford to pay for it....
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:39 AM
 
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I think the market is over saturated with Realtors, and what's worst is that they've become VERY RUDE over the past 4, 5 years. Meaning it takes weeks/months to find a decent person to work with. We are dealing with one now that is THE WORST. Rude, inconsiderate, demanding as if she won us at slots, and I cannot wait to never see this person again, and tell her where she can go. This one should definitely turn in her license, as she does not deserve it 1 bit.

We generally avoid dealing with RE's, this is an exception, but we usually avoid them like the plague, mainly because they have NO listening skills. If I tell them no back to a HWY, and she takes me there...that is wasteful at both ends, don't need that. I can do my own re-search.

So, to the OP..."Ohh no, not another Realtor in Tampa"...seriously, just stay with the paralegal side of things in a law office somewhere, you'd make more money, and won't have to deal with this ridiculous rat race.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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I lived in Tampa for most of my 20's and have been back in NY for about 10 years. We're contemplating moving back to the area and I'm contemplating becoming a realtor in Florida. I have extensive experience working the legal end of real estate (as a paralegal) and I have an interest in selling it as opposed to (in additon to maybe) closing it! LOL

I'm looking for some input on how saturated the area is with realtors? Or is there room for at least one more realtor?

Thanks!
There are a lot of realtors for sure, but you have an edge being in the legal field. You could carve out a niche, maybe in commercial sales/leasing, or foreclosure specialist (for examples) and you could probably do well.

Good luck to you!
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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With all the realtors out there why on earth are you staying with one you dislike?


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I think the market is over saturated with Realtors, and what's worst is that they've become VERY RUDE over the past 4, 5 years. Meaning it takes weeks/months to find a decent person to work with. We are dealing with one now that is THE WORST. Rude, inconsiderate, demanding as if she won us at slots, and I cannot wait to never see this person again, and tell her where she can go. This one should definitely turn in her license, as she does not deserve it 1 bit.

We generally avoid dealing with RE's, this is an exception, but we usually avoid them like the plague, mainly because they have NO listening skills. If I tell them no back to a HWY, and she takes me there...that is wasteful at both ends, don't need that. I can do my own re-search.

So, to the OP..."Ohh no, not another Realtor in Tampa"...seriously, just stay with the paralegal side of things in a law office somewhere, you'd make more money, and won't have to deal with this ridiculous rat race.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:06 AM
 
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Right this minute we don't have a choice...it IS the listing agent, unless you know of a way to move that listing to someone else!!! we're stuck!

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With all the realtors out there why on earth are you staying with one you dislike?
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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Right this minute we don't have a choice...it IS the listing agent, unless you know of a way to move that listing to someone else!!! we're stuck!
So, she is representing both sides and you are keeping her thinking that results in saving? When somebody isn't 100% in your side, it would be a mistake. If you know what you are doing, it is OK but remeber that the agent in this case is not looking "100%" for your interest, if there is a thing like that.

To OP: Looks to outsiders like me real estate movement is so slow that many realtors aren't making enough. if you are good at what you do, nothing should stop you. If you are just average, well, you know what to do.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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She is NOT representing us. BUT, we have to deal with her by default since she is the listing(sellers) agent.

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So, she is representing both sides and you are keeping her thinking that results in saving? When somebody isn't 100% in your side, it would be a mistake. If you know what you are doing, it is OK but remeber that the agent in this case is not looking "100%" for your interest, if there is a thing like that.

To OP: Looks to outsiders like me real estate movement is so slow that many realtors aren't making enough. if you are good at what you do, nothing should stop you. If you are just average, well, you know what to do.
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