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34 Reasons Why I Love Real Estate

This current real estate market is _________________. But, regardless of how you finished that sentence I still love being a real estate agent. Here are 34 reasons WHY.

  1. I love waking up each morning knowing that no matter HOW much planning I do, my schedule will change at a moments notice. Apparently I like living on the edge.
  2. Being ill does not mean I will not make money. Enough of what I do can be finagled from the comfort of my own home … at least for a couple days.
  3. Real Estate makes me cry. I cry when homeowners, who have been religiously on time with their payments cannot re-negotiate their loans when they have been simultaneously laid off and their rate adjusts … even when their unemployment more than covers the original payment. I like being in a business that brings out passion in me.
  4. I love real estate agents. Yes, some of them are complete imbeciles – but they just make me look good. The good agents make the business fun.
  5. I love marketing. Real estate marketing is constantly changing and I love learning all the cutting edge tips and tricks.
  6. Real Estate will never die. I don’t care WHAT the market is doing, there is business to be had. Land cannot go away and people will want to buy and sell it.
  7. I hold a HUGE chunk of people’s financial life in my hands. Scary as all heck, but it keeps me honest! … and I like being honest.
  8. Real Estate is what brought me into the world of blogging and social media. Now I have even MORE friends who think I am odd. I love you all.
  9. Those months when I made nada zip zilch sure made me thankful for the months that I made more than some people do in a year. Learning to be thankful and learning how to stretch a dollar are one of the BEST lessons.
  10. Real Estate has created monsters out of my kids. My youngest one, at the age of 4, came back from a friends house and said, “Billy has a 4 bed 3 bath home with a finished basement!” and my oldest son wants to grow up to be a real estate agent so he can “play” on the computer and go to lunch with people every day. My kids amuse me in the name of real estate.
  11. I create my own schedule and can be there for my kids, friends and family when they need me.
  12. The dynamic nature of this business keeps me on my toes. Shifting markets fling me from my comfort zone and into a place where I HAVE to be more effective for both my team and my clients.
  13. Even though I do not want to LIVE in one, I like old homes. The Colorado Springs real estate market does not have a lot of old homes – but the ones that they DO are way cool. I never cared about houses until I became an agent.
  14. I like roof lines. Again, I never cared about architecture until I became an agent.
  15. I like solving problems and real estate is an all-you-can-eat-buffet of problems to be solved.
  16. I LOVE teaching. I used to be in the Special Education field and although I LOVED it, it was not where I was meant to be. Now I am a real estate trainer, and I LOVE IT. Teaching other real estate agents how to be better at what they do is probably my FAVORITE part of my business.
  17. Real Estate gives me the opportunity to excel in my business without the fear of being outsourced, downsized or fired.
  18. All your base R belong to us.
  19. I love the business building, goal setting, high-5 accomplishment camaraderie that real estate brings out in agents.
  20. I love that real estate CAN BE a low-cost, high revenue business… If you are smart with your business budget.
  21. Derek really, really likes team-building and mentoring other agents. I like that about Derek, and therefore like that about Real Estate.
  22. Real Estate gives me the opportunity to make a HUGE impact on someones life. We have been to baby dedications, surprise weddings … and all because we were the people who helped them buy/sell their home.
  23. I know more about humanity than I EVER thought I could know. Thanks to real estate, NOTHING surprises me anymore.
  24. Real Estate is the ONE thing that I can relate ANYTHING to. It is kind of amusing, actually.
  25. I love Seller’s-Markets as it challenges me to figure out ways to stand out among the masses of other mirror-foggers that have a license.
  26. I love Buyer’s-Markets because it challenges me to me one of the ONLY people in my market who can actually SELL my listings.
  27. Real Estate has given me the insight and respect for other professions that are commission-based. I always make a point of purchasing a service or product through the person who helped me make my decision, if that person is paid on commission. This applies to restaurant staff too (although my time waiting tables helped with that as well…)
  28. Real Estate has brought out a love of photography in me. I look at the world in a whole new way.
  29. I am not an organized person, by nature. Real Estate has taught me the importance of being organized … at least sometimes.
  30. Law. I have never been more in tune with legal tidbits than I have been since becoming a real estate agent. I have a whole new respect for the reams of paper that stipulate what can and cannot happen in real estate.
  31. Law … again. I was taught that as a real estate agent, it was not IF you would be sued … it was WHEN. Dotting my “i”‘s and crossing my “t”‘s and keeping great notes has been the shield and sword against many a whacko. I SO appreciate the foreknowledge of keeping great notes in a situation that could be potentially sticky … real estate or not.
  32. Real Estate gives great income and business growth opportunities to people who are not traditionally, scholastically refined. You do not need to go thousands of dollars in educational debt to be a real estate agent. Some of the BEST agents I have ever met only have a HS diploma.
  33. Choose your own adventure. Real Estate is an endless series of entertaining choices. Should I show the home that has 4 stoned teenagers in the basement and a random passed out adult in the living room? Or, should I bypass THAT house for the one that has 4 shrines to Elvis? Should I take the condo listing that smells like a parakeet factory? Or should I take the listing where each room painted a different hue of florescent pink?
  34. I could write a book about my life prior to real estate. Now that I have been a real estate agent for 8 years, I can now write the sequel.

I love real estate.

Written By

Mariana is a real estate agent and co-owner of the Wagner iTeam with her husband, Derek. She maintains the Colorado Springs Real Estate Connection Blog and is also a real estate technology trainer and coach. Mariana really enjoys helping real estate agents boost their businesses and increase their productivity through effective use of technology. Outside of real estate, blogging and training, she loves spending time with her husband and 2 sons, reading, re-watching Sci-Fi movies and ... long walks on the beach?

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. ines

    February 6, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I *heart* mariana and Happy Birthday!!! this is so awesome! and by the way….love how you appreciate architecture now – it’s all about seeing what you couldn’t or didn’t before.

  2. Steve Beam

    February 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Great post. Nice to read more information that isn’t doom and gloom. Brings back memories and make me think about the future. Real estate is fun and can be very rewarding.

  3. Karen Highland

    February 6, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Mariana,
    I also became a realtor after being a teacher. Lots of former-teachers seem to do well in RE:) I also love the way real estate brings you into peoples lives. Thanks for such a positive post.

  4. Missy Caulk

    February 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I love real estate too, for many of your reasons but the biggest being the time it afforded me to be with the people I love the most.

    Happy Birthday.

  5. Ken Brand

    February 7, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Love it. Love the post, love the business.

    Marilyn Eiland, one of the owner partners of our firm has saying that I love too. It’s relative to your post, “In Real Estate, your raise is effective as soon as YOU are.”

    Rock ON!

    XOXOXOXO

  6. Laura Phipps

    February 7, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Great blog! Very inspiring, especially during these tough times. Sometimes I get up and wonder why I am doing this job. Your post makes me remember why I am a real estate agent. Thanks!

  7. myrtle beach condos

    February 8, 2009 at 8:49 am

    no matter how much i complain sometimes, I love real estate and probably will never do anything else

  8. Mariana Wagner

    February 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you, everyone for the great comments. Nice to know I am not alone! Real Estate rocks!

  9. Jeremy B. Shapiro

    February 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I always enjoy reading about others who love real estate in any market. I’d bet you most folks you ask couldn’t come up with 5 reasons to like real estate, especially in this market! As markets change, so much one’s approach to the market! GREAT post! 🙂

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