Ashton Newell

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I plead the 5th ... but will say the challenges are many ... mostly the untrained agents and those willing to harm others for profit and gain ... ah, the dark side of real estate is alive and well. 

May 15, 2018 04:39 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It was the life I chose and it worked out OK for me!

May 15, 2018 03:40 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Learn everything about your local market and your contracts.

Build you network of contacts every day and ask for referrals.

You have wonderful career and business opportunities if you have the ability to take advantage of them.

May 15, 2018 04:53 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I liked it enough to continue with it every day for 40 years....

the greatest challenge is learning to market through each changing market...

learn to market....do not rely on your broker/owner....do not hire for leads....

May 15, 2018 04:06 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love being an agent. I love helping. I love making dreams come true. The hardest part is the parts i can not control such as appraisals, inspections and other agents.  There are things i can do to minimize issues with those, but it can always happen without notice. 

May 15, 2018 03:37 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I enjoy it, but more of my time and energy is spent coaching and promoting my team than my own listings.

May 15, 2018 06:19 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   It's an honor to be a Real Estate Broker.  

   Challenges?  Most transactions are complicated.  In addition to the buyer and seller, there are multiple third parties involved.  Any one of those people can be a "show stopper".   You must know how to work with people.

   Advice?  See my post for New Agents.

    Other Advice:   A quantum shift is underway in the real estate industry.  NAR, MLS, local Boards of Realtors, and other traditional ways of selling real estate are going to be obliterated by the juggernaut of Zillow, Purplebricks, Ribbon, Redfin, and other internet-based business models.  Get familiar with those business models and corporations.  There will always be a place for good real estate agents; but you will need to work in concert with those entities.

May 15, 2018 06:05 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Ashton,

We loved it.  And on occasion we may be involved in a transaction.  A

May 15, 2018 05:14 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I like being an agent --- there are some days that are better than others. Life can be challenging if that is your approach/outlook.   My recommendation is to study hard and take lots of practice tests prior to taking your state exam. Good luck.

May 15, 2018 04:55 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Learn how to navigate through the different personalities. 

May 15, 2018 04:16 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Making it work takes more than a license

May 16, 2018 05:15 AM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Ashton, I love what I do, but if I were to go back in time I'd start sooner, create a better data base of my early clients and focus more in my early days on marketing. 

May 15, 2018 11:38 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I like it or wouldn't have stuck with it for 37 years. My advice is to work hard, save some for a rainy day and never give up no matter how discouraged you may get.

May 15, 2018 06:33 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Interview w/ KW !!!!

May 16, 2018 06:34 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I like it.  My advice is that you will need to work hard.

May 16, 2018 05:57 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I like it fine. I don't worry about challenges... I just put one foot in front of the other and do what needs doing and somehow things always work out fine.

May 16, 2018 05:19 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Life is a challenge - you got to like what you do!

May 15, 2018 11:06 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

This is my second career and I value the opportunity to do what I currently do: work hard and be forthright and honest in business.

May 15, 2018 08:27 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love it and there are challenges each and every day - too many to list! The more you work in this business, the more challenges you will have.

Learning to overcome those challenges is what sets you apart from the rest.

Good luck!

May 15, 2018 06:25 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The challenges are what keeps me in this business. You have to love it or it can easily consume you. Like snowflakes, no two transactions or accompanying challenges are ever exactly the same. There are lots of snowflakes out there no matter what season it is. 

May 16, 2018 10:44 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I like being an agent because of the indepencence.  The biggest challenge is keeping the pipelin full.  One piece of advice would be prospect every day.

May 16, 2018 09:17 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

May 16, 2018 07:56 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have always enjoyed it except when dealing with a difficult agent or client.  I would suggest you speak with agents that you know and trust about the working conditions in their office. Also make sure you know about any hidden costs that will come out of your commission. Finally and maybe most important, make sure that you will be pared up with a mentor.

May 16, 2018 07:22 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Question was answered with great answers.

Nov 01, 2018 05:02 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Great answers, I agree.

Nov 01, 2018 04:50 PM
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J GRAVES

Not having someone by your side to help you every single step of the way.

Jun 14, 2018 05:16 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

It's all in the Blueman manual

May 21, 2018 04:08 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I could not imagine doing anything else.   The challenges are working with humans and a variety of personalities. 

May 18, 2018 02:49 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It pays the bills

May 16, 2018 08:41 PM
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Ashton Newell

 Wow thanks everyone! It is great to see advice come from so many different places and areas of the field!

May 16, 2018 07:15 AM