I don’t think you’ll bore this board… - Posted by JohnAz
Posted by JohnAz on April 28, 2000 at 01:37:17:
There has been a few discussions in the past concerning the pro’s and con’s of having a license. I think you have touched on what was missing from previous threads. The “meat and potatoes” side of it.
I am headed to Phoenix in a matter of about 5 hours to turn in my paperwork and hopefully come back to my spot in the desert with the “ok” to act as an agent. So this topic does concern me personally.
I realize there are disclosure issues involved in having a license, however, I have yet to do a deal that disclosing I was an agent would have prevented me from doing. Sure I may offer 20k quick cash for a 60k house, but if they need the money and know they have a 60k house, and I tell them I’m a realtor out to make a profit and admit in writing that there house is worth more I see no problem. Desperate sellers are just that…desperate!
What you have touched on is what I have found to be most disheartening on this subject… ACTION!!
I’m a lazy person, I’m a procrastinator, I’m easily content, anything that will motivate me to go out and find deals is good for me. If it takes getting a license to realize what cold calling is, and door knocking is, and networking is then I have already found it to be worth it’s measily cost.
While getting “personaly” involved with the broker I intend to work under I have had two deals pretty much handed to me just due to the realization by the broker that I am a serious buyer. As only an “investor” I really didn’t get the service I deserve. But now as as soon to be agent I’m suddenely taken seriously. Is it worth the cost? In my case I know it far surpasses the cost and concern over disclosure. If you are out there hosing people on deals then maybe a license isn’t for you, however, if you are an honest person I don’t feel it has any bad effect on your future.
The benefits to this board of this discussion are simple. Most people when focusing on and gearing up for ANY new direction will put forth 110%. For me this has meant my realization of my weakenesses and need fo study in those areas. In doing so I have put forth the extra effort to identify my weak areas and focus on developing those areas. I’m a shy person, I don’t like talking to strangers, or to groups of people. In researching what it takes for realtors to be successful I’ve identified my weaknesses, and obtainded informatin to overcome them. I have to admit that for the past couple weeks I have seen that had I identified and corrected these weaknesses I would have most likely decided not to get my license.
However, it took my desire to get a license to dig deep enough to figure all this out.
I believe there are many others in my spot. Looking for what it takes to become more successful. If you have the inner strength and discipline to do it on your own…more power to you. I for one need direction and determination to move from my comfort zone.
So please continue with what it takes to be successful as an agent. I think if more of us could see those things we would be able to see what it takes to be successful without the license. I know I would have.
I do know there are already alot more people taking me seriously as an investor because I’m becoming “one of THEM.” I’ve already had agents ask me just how do you do deals like this and that, when a year ago they were telling me I couldn’t do them.
Sorry I’ve rambled, but this is a touchy subject with me. Of course I have to defend my stance, but as always I’m wide open to other views, and I think all readers of this site can use the information.