Posted by Joe Kaiser on June 15, 2001 at 14:08:45:
It’s because they think you just came from a real estate seminar and you’re planning to make lots of dumb offers that waste everyone’s time.
It took me a long time to figure out what to tell people when they asked what it is I do. It seemed like whatever I said required further explanation and that wasn’t anything I was interested in doing.
I heard one speaker say to call yourself a “developer.” That lasted about a week and I felt dumb every time I uttered the words.
Today whenever anyone asks what I do, I just say “I buy and sell houses.” That’s conrete, means I’m actually getting things done and doesn’t sound mysterious or fancy.
Best of all . . . it doesn’t require an asterisk.