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Expectations vs. Reality: What It’s Like to be a Real Estate Agent

David Greene
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Expectations vs. Reality: What It’s Like to be a Real Estate Agent

Think you want to be a real estate agent?

Here’s a crazy stat: 80 percent of real estate agents fail. But that’s probably because they had no idea what they were getting into. It can be a great job—and one that’s lucrative—but is it a good fit for you?

To be successful in this entrepreneurial venture entails a lot—both on the surface and behind the scenes. It requires a certain personality type, as well as a whole lot of work!

Related: Traits of a Great Real Estate Agent

Why Don’t Expectations Align with Reality in Realty?

Real estate agents do a lot. Much of it can be fun, exciting, rewarding, and even glamorous—just like the shows on HGTV would have you believe.

But the fact is the television representation of what it’s like to be in the business is extremely misleading. For instance, have you considered it’s primarily a sales position? And are you aware that a good amount of the work you do is unpaid?

In this video, learn what it really takes from someone in the biz.

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If you’re thinking of a career in real estate, what other questions do you have? If you’re currently an agent, what advice would you offer those considering becoming one?

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Note By BiggerPockets: These are opinions written by the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of BiggerPockets.