A month has gone by - one month of coming to the office, meeting new people, and watching the busier agents dash in and out of the building on appointments. I had no idea I'd need such a profound interest in knowing every street name in the tri-county area, BoilerMate specs, and how many square feet are in an acre (43, 560. Now you know.).
After 30 days, I have my own office (with a view of the tiniest sliver of Little Traverse Bay!), a houseplant, and a home listed on the market. My eleven-year-old sister sweetly offered me her goldfish, Gerald, to keep me company - but I'm hoping to be out of the office at listing & selling appointments, so I don't think I'd be able to give him the quality companionship he'd need!
My first listing went on the market this weekend and the owners have been blown away by the amount of interest in the home. The rest of the agents here have repeatedly said how quickly homes in the $80,000-$200,000 range are selling. (If you're interested, you can search area homes in that price range with this preset search.)
Another thing - the highly relational aspect of real estate is a surprise, and a more exciting one than needing to memorize plumbing code! What I've learned is that while cold calls (my arch-nemesis) and bulk mailers are a part of real estate, a more important aspect is building and maintaining relationships with people already in your circle. And you're never trying to sell them something they don't need or want. It's about being the first person they think of when they do need to buy or sell a house - because they know you do a great job.