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Rainmaker
4,395,121
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It's been a mantra that's been repeated for a long time but there are those who continually prove it wrong.

Feb 07, 2019 06:11 AM
Rainmaker
975,417
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No! Like Nina said, it's a cliche.

You last in this industry by specializing, finding a niche that fits you, and all the rest of the stuff that we all know you have to do.

Some people love working with buyers and they don't need to list.

Some people are fantastic at marketing and they don't want to work with buyers, and some are just great with both.

I prefer landlords and sellers, but at this time of year I'm slammed with commercial tenants
I'm down with it!

Sellers are coming in a month, and then later on this year there will be buyers.

ūüé∂I've Got Rhythm and I used to be a Catholic!ūüé∂ LOL

Feb 07, 2019 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
4,730,564
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've never believed that... I've seen plenty of agents make a great living just representing buyers. Just another one of those gross generalizations and catch phrases that sound like the truth but are simply a a long-standing truism.

Feb 07, 2019 04:31 AM
Rainmaker
1,793,670
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

No but it's a lot easier if you do IMHO.

Feb 07, 2019 06:46 AM
Ambassador
4,759,460
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

List to last, sell to survive...or a little of each!

It's all in what works for YOU as an individual, Peter.

Feb 07, 2019 08:11 AM
Rainmaker
726,918
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

No, I know buyers agents who have a lot of clients & do really well. You just have to be busy with fruitful clients. 

Feb 07, 2019 06:33 AM
Rainer
379,706
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I was going to say what Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA said. Typically, there are two deals with a listing, whereas there is no guarantee on the listing with a buyer. I know there are transfers and relos, but hopefully, if you do that properly you will a referral on that listing, which is pretty sweet to get paid for a phone call. 

So as he & Barbara Todaro stated, it makes life a bit easier. Around here there are not many that have survived as buyers agents, but there are lots of agents that have lasted the test of time by listing while farming out the now buyer clients to their team. I've seen team members come and go, but the team leader keeps bringing buyers agents onboard. 

Feb 07, 2019 01:44 PM
Rainmaker
5,581,941
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if you don't list, you'll earn every penny of your money....listing agents have it easier, if they do the proper networking.... remember, this is a business of "who you know".... and networking will show those results...the true results....

Feb 07, 2019 12:22 PM
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5,964,828
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

You can Live without listing, but I prefer to focus on listings.

Feb 07, 2019 10:42 AM
Rainmaker
2,212,923
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS¬ģ - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Not necessarily Peter, I know some agents that work strictly with buyers and they do very well.

Feb 07, 2019 06:14 AM
Rainmaker
3,408,104
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

List to live or sell to survive. 

Feb 07, 2019 05:32 AM
Rainmaker
509,119
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

There are agents who work with buyers only and they are doing fine.  There are many investors with real estate license here and all they do is find cheap houses to flip to sell or rent. Everyone is different.

Feb 07, 2019 07:47 AM
Rainmaker
921,148
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It is easier. As a listing agent, one could sit on their butt and do literally nothing.  Very hard to do that as a buyers agent.

Listing has inherent reoccurring business.

Listing is easily leverages to generate more business.

It will prove more profitable to be a buyers agent when the real estate industry escapes 100 years of tradition.

Like so many things in real estate,  it depends on the maturity of the agents real estate business. Newbies trend to be buyers agent while winter agents, because of referral transition, become listing agents. If inside their cloud of reality, both would say "yes/no."

The truth is. "The horse you commit to ride well will take you where you need to go."

Feb 07, 2019 05:01 AM
Ambassador
3,063,907
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

My business is tilted more towards buyers than sellers, but that's the outcome of not having a huge personal sphere and being more reliant on blogging, web pages, etc. to attract clients.  In a short inventory market, it's certainly nice to have those listings, but not necessary to make a decent living.  Bill

Feb 07, 2019 04:58 AM
Rainmaker
2,098,619
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

You need to List SALABLE Listings to make Big Money !!!

Feb 07, 2019 12:51 PM
Ambassador
1,439,442
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I'm primarily a Listing Agent.  Buyers take too much time & energy for me and I don't find that to be an efficient way of running my business.  I found it to be far more stressful working with buyers (like herding cats)  I don't like indecisive people at the best of times but especially when my livelihood is at stake.  To each their own!

Feb 07, 2019 12:42 PM
Rainmaker
4,550,222
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would have to say YES!!!!

Feb 07, 2019 12:08 PM
Rainmaker
813,623
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Close enough from either side and you'll live.  ;0

Feb 07, 2019 12:05 PM
Rainmaker
2,183,530
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It was a good philosophy for me to live by Peter Mohylsky, Luxury Focused 

Feb 07, 2019 11:04 AM
Rainmaker
468,860
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

No - lots of agents making a great living working with buyers.

Feb 07, 2019 09:25 AM
Rainmaker
5,770,641
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Peter,

I depends on what you mean by "Live"  A

Feb 07, 2019 08:18 AM
Rainmaker
7,307,449
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No.

Feb 07, 2019 06:50 AM
Ambassador
2,131,984
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

There seem to be plenty of agents who are working strictly with buyers only. 

Feb 07, 2019 06:13 AM
Rainmaker
4,531,693
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR¬ģ, Broker

It helps, unless you make the decision to work just with buyers.

Feb 07, 2019 04:30 AM
Ambassador
3,477,346
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

To live - no! But if you want to stay in the business and do business do whatever works best for you!!

Feb 07, 2019 02:20 PM
Ambassador
4,851,009
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There are plenty around who disprove this statement

Feb 07, 2019 11:29 AM
Rainmaker
1,456,847
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

There are people who do fine with only buyers or as a referal business.  Personally, if you list a traditional seller they have to buy another house, so that's two deals.  Plus, you have a lot of marketing you can do plus you have the sign in their yard.  Lots more potential for name recognition and branding and (of course) getting more clients that way.

Feb 07, 2019 09:00 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,925
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think so.

Feb 07, 2019 06:55 AM
Rainmaker
2,719,595
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The opporutnities found in Real Estate are no myth....

Feb 07, 2019 06:42 AM
Rainmaker
4,786,152
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not if you work for a builder in new construction or prefer to work with buyers. If you want to maximze income you better list to last! Buyers consume time and not all purchase.

Feb 07, 2019 05:37 AM
Rainmaker
2,168,807
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Listings are king, inventory is everything in small rural markets especially. The price point is lower and you list what you sell. When real estate prices are low to the ground the layers of players getting a piece of the pie is smaller too. Every market is so different and absolutes across the board don''t work just like one weather forecast or article of clothing won't fit the entire country.

Feb 11, 2019 03:26 AM
Rainmaker
3,986,056
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I know agents that do only one or the other but most do both in Minnesota

Feb 09, 2019 08:46 PM
Ambassador
3,210,508
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It depends on the market.  Some thrive working only with buyers. 

Feb 08, 2019 06:13 PM
Rainmaker
1,120,913
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

There are agents whose business model is to work exclusively with buyers. I guess that works for them. I prefer a balance and love listings.

Feb 08, 2019 09:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,709,415
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR¬ģ - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My volume is large and I list nothing. 

Feb 07, 2019 02:56 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,865
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Feb 07, 2019 10:23 AM
Rainmaker
2,069,947
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Yes and no. 

Sep 21, 2019 09:07 AM
Rainmaker
1,598,280
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I am with Michael.

Jul 03, 2019 10:28 AM
Rainmaker
273,740
Barbara Le Pine
ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Peter,

Listings are valuable, however, being a great buyers agent creates your listings in the future when the buyers decide to sell. An agent who knows the inventory will make sales, regardless of listings. Staying accessible and active in community events is a great way to find buyers, AND sellers. Having buyers agent experience makes for a great listing agent. 

Mar 11, 2019 09:20 PM
Rainer
194,832
Capt. Bob & Kelly Davies
Dalton Wade Real Estate Group - Englewood, FL
Waterfront Experts

You don't need to but life is easier when you do!  With that said, the buyers of today, with proper follow up, are your sellers in a few years   Always stay in touch!

Feb 15, 2019 02:58 PM
Rainmaker
5,553,080
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had more listings last year, and this year I have lots more buyers, and some larger ones too.    As long as you have transactions, you will survive this industry.

Feb 12, 2019 06:53 AM