Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Jan 22, 2017 05:47 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I sat in my broker's office and she showed me how she organized personal files and CRM and how the office file system worked. I learned how to enter a listing into MLS, adjust and optimize photos, criteria search. I was given a list of tools for a tool box and sent to the hardware store to pick them up, and the contact information for the sign company to order riders. I watched and listened to the broker and agents taking 'up calls' and watched my broker write a contract. I'm surprised I remember all this. But I definitely started at the beginning.

Jan 22, 2017 04:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

To be honest, I don't remember and it wasn't even that long ago. I probably sat in the office and learned stuff.

Jan 22, 2017 03:58 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I was told to run errands and sweep out a stairwell...

Jan 22, 2017 07:27 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I went to what would become my first office, Cashin & Company Realty and I met with the office manager for an orientation, got my desk, my office tour, my signs & business cards ordered and then went to the board of Realtors and got my MLS setup, lock boxes and membership setup. 

I then did what I always wanted to do, what I'd seen my grandparents do for years as Realtors when they'd be hammering out a deal with another agent; I went to lunch at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel's  Lark Creek Restaurant and had fillet Mignon and a martini. Back in the day, they didn't argue with the other agent, they wined and dined them and put deals together at Lark Creek or over coffee at The Copper Penny Cafe. So I ceremoniously did this to set the tone for all the deals I imagined I'd put together and over 400 reatail & investor closings later, I'm still a Realtor.

Jan 22, 2017 05:56 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hard to remember that day back in 1990 but once I sat at my desk the elation pertaining to my "great" success (passing the test and having a broker) quickly dissipated as I realized I had no clue what to do next.

Jan 22, 2017 04:44 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Went to class.

Jan 22, 2017 04:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

When I started... there were no computers to fire up. In NYC we did not prepare contracts, attorneys did... so never really needed to study them. I came to the office and went to a training class for new agents. Then I attended Broker Open Houses to familiarize myself with inventory... we also had no MLS in NYC. Then I went about putting together an announcement to my sphere. No expireds or withdrawns of FSBO's to go after... how would we know with no MLS and no signs.

Jan 22, 2017 03:57 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I met with my broker and was told to start reviewing expired and canceled listing...

Jan 21, 2017 11:21 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - attended training - not only on day 1 but for almost 6 months...

Jan 21, 2017 11:02 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Shook like a leaf and met with my mentor.

Jan 22, 2017 07:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Too long ago to remember. I opened my first real estate office in the summer of 1961 after finishing law school.

We had no computers or cell phones. We used carbon paper to make copies and hand delivered contracts.

Jan 22, 2017 05:53 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I drink a cup of coffee and start blogging

Jan 22, 2017 05:50 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Sit around, look confused. Didn't know where to start. Did attend training for 5 hours per day I believe.

Ok, our MLS hook up was hysterical back then. It consisted of a telephone that fit into cups that screached connections to the MLS. It was on that strange heat transfer paper that we no longer use.  It was the newest revolutionary thing. The computer was in Colorado so when they had a snow storm, it took longer to connect.

Jan 22, 2017 05:34 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Went into a company "fast start" training program. Really helped me get on my way!

Jan 22, 2017 05:32 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

When I started in real estate computers were the size of a desk. The MLS was in a book the size of an encyclopedia and my cell phone cost thousands of dollars and was attached to my car.  I studied the MLS book as I drove to check out every listing we had. I got to shadow all the agents watching real life showings, listings and how things were done. 

Jan 22, 2017 05:13 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I started a learning process that continues to this day

Jan 22, 2017 04:44 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not remember.

Jan 22, 2017 04:42 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Got on an airplane and flew out of town (I was still in corporate)!

Jan 22, 2017 03:55 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I spent 3 months in the office, going to every available training, which included learning the contract, role playing, etc., talking to other agents, observing desk duty and going to broker's opens and open houses.  I spent a lot of time understanding the market and previewing. I volunteered to sit open houses and work with rental clients, just for the practice of opening doors, using my keycard without dropping it into the bushes and navigating around a new town while carrying on a conversation.  It was invaluable, I got off to a great start and had an awesome first year because I was somewhat knowledgable and felt confident in what I was doing. 

Jan 22, 2017 07:54 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I spent most of the day sitting at my new desk, staring straight ahead and murmuring "Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod" over and over and over again.

Jan 22, 2017 07:49 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Wrote a lot of checks.

Jan 22, 2017 07:28 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Attended a sales meeting and REALTOR(R) open house tour

Jan 22, 2017 06:52 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I attended training.

Jan 22, 2017 06:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I really have no idea!

Jan 22, 2017 06:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It was the early 70's and I have no clue! Probably paid my dues and asked "why"?

Jan 22, 2017 06:16 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner There were a bunch of us who were new at the time. The broker started training classes.

Jan 22, 2017 06:10 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Read a book on real estate.

Jan 22, 2017 05:57 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Over 26 years ago and I have dumped my RAM since then.

Jan 22, 2017 05:48 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Go out for Lunch !

Jan 22, 2017 05:11 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

That was back in the days of the listings in loose-leaf notebooks.  I don't really remember but I probably studied inventory.

Jan 22, 2017 08:26 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I intruduced myself line up for an open house for the weekend.

Jan 22, 2017 07:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I had a long meeting wtih my broker! The rest is cloudy

Jan 22, 2017 07:36 AM
Toronto, ON


Jan 22, 2017 06:50 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Rented two apartments that day with about 64 more in inventory.

Jan 22, 2017 04:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I can't remember my first day but in the first month:  floor time, held open houses, made cold call, made warm calls, contact my SOI even though I didn't know the term, door knocked, previewed, showed property, went on a listing appointment with a colleague, reviewed contracts, went to some seminars.....

Jan 22, 2017 11:04 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I introduced myself to as many agents as possible. Signed up for lots of desk time. 

Jan 22, 2017 10:59 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

When I first got into it, I had high school the next day...   A while later I started being more active with my family's business and so I learned the forms and the cold calling scripts and made the calls and set some appointments.


More recently when I got back into it fulll time, I slept until noon or so the first week.  Gawd it was nice not having to be up at 6 for a day job.

Jan 22, 2017 10:35 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Showed a property, and wrote an offer.

Jan 22, 2017 09:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Funny,  I wrote my first contract that day for a buyer that my broker had me go and show one of his listings.


Jan 22, 2017 09:11 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Attended training classes and learned the contracts. 

Jan 22, 2017 08:37 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Oh my I have no idea that was too long ago to remember specifics but I am certain there was a good deal of paperwork that was signed that day.

Dec 05, 2017 01:53 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I don't remember, but I probably went to my waitressing shift. Haha!

Feb 07, 2017 10:25 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That was so long ago, have no idea.  Remember the office I was in though.

Jan 24, 2017 12:21 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I studied those forms before I got my license. It was part of my course. 

Jan 22, 2017 09:19 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Don't need to be a member of the assn of Realtors to study the forms.  We have the opportunity to study these during the training for the exam, but I knew most of them through 30 years of investing.

Jan 22, 2017 05:03 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Went to my new office at Coldwell Banker Vista Realty in Valencia, California, met my fellow Realtors, started making calls.

Jan 22, 2017 04:34 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Attended trainings and learned about the mandatory forms.

Jan 22, 2017 01:46 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

 I actually had a listing appointment....I didn't know which end was up.... was sent on my own....listed the property at a grossly overpriced figure....but I kept it and learned alot from that scenario...I did eventually close after talking my way through months of the listing!!! no training.... no mentoring.... learn as you go...and that I DID!!! that was in 1978....

Jan 22, 2017 01:27 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Too long ago to remember. There were no computers or copy machines 37 years ago in my office.

Jan 22, 2017 12:34 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    After the training period with Coldwell Banker (2 weeks?), I was given a Buyer (low price range), I showed them houses.  Sold them one a few days later.

Jan 22, 2017 12:30 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

My first day as real estate agent, wasn't as a realtor!

Jan 22, 2017 12:20 PM