David Saks: What Is The Real Estate Business ?

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What Is The Real Estate Business ?



Often, when we hear others talking about real estate, and even considering a career, what do they think about?

Do they think about becoming a broker and running their own brokerage?

Do they think about becoming a salesperson and working for a brokerage?

Do they think about becoming an appraiser, mortgage broker or banker, title agent, real estate attorney or what of many other options available allowing them to specialize within our profession?

What is the real estate business to you?

Is it a world revolving around negotiation and transaction all the time?

Is it commercial leasing?

Is it working with families to help them find a home, making a home a reality rather than just a clouded state of the imagination, something unobtainable or unrealistic?

Or is it just business - complex and full of challenges, at times riddled with anxiety?

We depend on each other daily to share our respective skills and knowledge to make the real estate profession, or any profession, great through consideration, confidence and other thoughtful measures.

Many thanks to the honorable Active Rain community for taking a moment to reflect.

David Saks

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Comment balloon 5 commentsDavid Saks • March 30 2008 12:39PM


Hi David,

I think it is a little of everything, and the actual meaning is probably a little different for each individual, since we are each individuals.  The reasons that we like the business, the reasons that we got into the business, and the reasons that we stay in the business are just as personal and individual as we are individuals.

Personally, it was by complete accident, but I loved  and continue to love the 1031 exchange business, and 24 years later find myself still doing it.  Who would have "thunk?"

Posted by Bill Exeter, 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange Expert (Exeter 1031 Exchange Services, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Hi David.  It is a business.  People feel we are spending every day showing homes.  If it was only that easy!


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 12 years ago

Hi David,

I just discovered your blog, and from one Memphian to another, before I can comment on your blog post, I have to say GO TIGERS! :)

Now, getting down to business.  I believe many agents get into this business thinking it's a fast and easy road to a lot of earning potential.  The key word being "potential". There is great potential to earn a very lucrative living, but like any other profession, to do well, I believe it takes a lot of heart and dedication and a real love for what you do. In this business, it's all about SERVICE. 

Posted by Jolynna McCune, Affiliate Broker (Groome & Co. REALTORS) almost 12 years ago

Hi David: Ultimately I believe it's about the long-term relationships we forge. If we build our database (meaning it's a business), we can prosper our clients and ourselves for a lifetime.



Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) almost 12 years ago

Thanks Bill, Ken, Jolynna and Paul. Great comments.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 11 years ago

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