So, you want to be in real estate?

Every year, the real estate industry attracts young men and women who dream of making it big.  I really can’t blame them.  With the slew of reality TV programs showcasing the glamorous life of attractive and young power brokers, who really wouldn’t be enticed to join their ranks, right?  Add to that a recovering economy that is boosting people’s confidence in investing in multiple properties.  Thus, from an outsider’s point of view, the real estate sector offers a multitude of opportunities to become ultra-successful even at a young age.

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Well, I suppose there’s truth in that.  BUT there is more to working in real estate than making million-dollar deals.  Just like any other industry, the real estate sector demands passion from those who want to succeed.  One doesn’t get to enjoy the grand life if one is not willing to work hard for it, be it as an agent, a property manager, a land developer, or an urban planner.  The real estate industry rewards those who are willing to get their hands dirty, who create opportunities to expand their network, who chase clients day in and day out, who work tirelessly to complete projects.  If you want to be successful in the industry, you have to start small and work your way into the big leagues.

So I apologize if I’m going to burst your bubble, but working in real estate will not get you to drive a fancy car or wear the hottest fashion trend or frolic in Cabo every other weekend immediately.  But I’m sure you’ll get to do those things – only if you work hard enough.

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I have been working in the real estate industry as a developer  for years now but still I have a long way to go before I can say, “Thomas Robert Faw, you did excellently.”  And that is what drives me to continue doing my best every day.  Are you in real estate, too?  If you have a great tip for our new recruits, you can drop me a note on Facebook.


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