HAHAHA - oops! Couldn’t help it! - Posted by Carmen_FL
Posted by Carmen_FL on January 16, 2003 at 23:16:32:
I can laugh, because I am a real estate broker. The reason I laugh is that most real estate agents I meet are woefully inexperienced, even in real estate sales issues, let alone real estate investing.
I got my RE license specifically to invest in real estate, but i had to eat, so i tried selling houses. I joined a large company which promised to teach me about foreclosures. This is what they taught me: how to sit in on open houses on foreclosed properties the owner/broker had bought for his own portfolio and wanted to flip; or that he didn’t buy and didn’t want to waste his own time with. A desk and a phone is about all they offered, since they had one computer for about 15 agents in the office. When I tried to talk about real estate investing, they told me that I was prohibited from dealing with investors, and I should steer them all to the one realtor in the office who dealt with them because they would “just waste your time”.
After that glorious experience, and selling one $30K condo (I think i made $250 after fees, splits, etc.), I decided I hated real estate sales. I now use my license almost exclusively for RE investing unless a real estate sale/listing falls in my lap.
Now that I’m a broker, because I’m too busy to do otherwise, I tend to give any agents that approach me the same kind of deal I got … here’s a desk, a phone, an old computer. If you don’t know what you’re doing yet, don’t bother me, go find someone who can teach you (in a much nicer way, of course). I’m not here to train my future competitors, and probably neither are any other broker/investors.
So, getting your license in the hopes that a real esatte firm will teach you about investing is, in my opinion, fruitless. Getting your license in the expectation of using it to get information is better. Getting it to become a broker in a year or so, so you can run your own “investment” brokerage which will concentrate on distressed properties after you learn all about REI … that I can see.
Sorry for the giggle at the expense of your question. No offense to the good ones out there, but every time I talk to a fellow Realtor, I am more and more embarrassed by the profession.