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

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

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David Greene

David Greene is a former police officer with over nine years of experience investing in real estate that includes single family, multifamily, and house flipping. A nationally recognized authority on real estate, David has been featured on CNN, Forbes, and HGTV.

Experience
Now the co-host of the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, David has a passion for teaching and helping others grow wealth through real estate. In 2016, David started the “David Greene Team” and became the CEO of the top-producing Keller Williams East County team, as well as the top-producing real estate agent.

The author of Long Distance Real Estate Investing; Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat; and Sell Your Home for Top Dollar, David has won several awards, including second place for real estate book of the year awarded by the National Association of Real Estate Editors (Long Distance Real Estate Investing) and Keller Williams East County rookie of the year.

David has been featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters” and CNN and is a real estate content writer for Forbes. He is a speaker/trainer for Keller Williams Real Estate and regularly featured on the BiggerPockets Blog. He has been interviewed on podcasts such as the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, Entrepreneur on Fire, Pat Hiban Interviews Real Estate Rockstars, Cash Flow Diary, Real Estate Mogul, the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, Old Dawgs Real Estate Network, and more.

David has bought, rehabbed, and managed over 35 single family rental properties, owns shares in three large apartment complexes, and flips houses. He also owns notes and shares in note funds.

Education

David attended Cal State Stanislaus, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice. He is a sworn police officer and a licensed real estate agent in the state of California.

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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.

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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