By Kim Soucie, Nebraska Home Sales REALTOR®
If you could do anything in the world and make money at it, what would you be? This was the question my daughter’s teacher assigned for a class report.
My response was “sell real estate.” This was ten years into my career as a REALTOR®, so pleasantly happy, I could say this.
Twenty-one years later and my answer is still the same.
I have seen a lot of changes over the years. In 1997, I was working as an assistant to one of the top agents. She wanted me to be a licensed agent so I took the classes and took the test. Twice. It was not an easy test. Tests were only given quarterly. People from all over the state would meet in Lincoln. Pencil and paper. No computers. We waited for two weeks to find out if we passed. Our tests were sent to Kansas City to be checked. I’m sounding like a dinosaur.
Today you can take the test on a computer and know if you passed as soon as you have completed the test.
Before the internet, REALTORS® had a book with all the listings in it. It was not open to the public, so we truly held the key. Now buyers can search websites and shop anytime for their dream homes.
The one thing that has not changed is the guidance we give buyers and sellers through the buying and selling process. A professional is still a needed asset to assure the sale is successful. We try to take the stress off of our client as much as we can. It can be very emotional.
After contracts are accepted, agents help you keep everything moving forward: negotiations, inspections, repairs, appraisals, loan requirements, assuring clear titles. There are peaks and valleys.
I remember my first sale. I was on cloud nine. I still get just as excited when my sellers sell their home or my buyers get the home that I know will brings them years of enjoyment. I’ve heard if you find a job you love you will never work another day in your life. For the most part this is true. It’s not uncommon to have 14 hours days, but I can say with conviction I love being a REALTOR®.