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Seriously...Let's Talk.

Seriously...Let's Talk. 

I wrote a lighthearted post recently called...Are you thinking of letting your license go?

and the response has been surprising to me. This is obviously a subject that many of you are pondering. The question touched many a heart and mind and evidently has been on the tongue of more than a few.wondering.jpg Wondering image by Amadeo78

I can only give you my personal view of this question and maybe a few questions of my own that will help you to make your own decision.

In my book, this is really heavy stuff. When I decided to get my license it was because I knew it was what I wanted to do.

I was oblivious to the ups and downs of the market and even today I hold tight to my ... "nothing could be greater than to be a Real Estater," attitude.

No it's not as easy as it was but I didn't go into this thinking it was going to be easy in the first place.

Don't just jump out of the business like a frog out of a frying pan.

Grab a pen and paper and start writing. It's important to get your thoughts on paper. At least work these thoughts through in your mind and then listen to your heart.

First of all...why did you get into this business? Because the market was hot...or for a profession?

What do you like about it?

What do you dislike about it?

Are you willing to sacrifice your past for a different future?

Could you do more to make it successful or are you doing everything the right way?

What do you envision for your future? Does it include being in RE?

Have you written your goals out in black and white?

Are you clear on what you have to do to become successful in this business?

Could it be fear that is stopping you from being successful?


Next approach:

What would you rather be doing? Does that include Real Estate?

Do you awaken with a good attitude each day?

If you do get out of Real Estate how will your attitude affect your next position?

Are you generally happy? Take Real Estate away and would you be happier?

Are you feeling sorry for yourself or spending time worrying about the future?

Could you put that time towards expanding your RE business?


I don't claim to have any answers. Only questions. These are all questions I have posed to myself therefore I know my answers.

This business is in need of retaining each and every ethical, responsible, professional, caring individual we can muster.

I want to remain in Real Estate and continue to be successful. This is a challenge I must live up to daily and with a good positive attitude.

I wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide. I wish prosperity, happiness, security and fun for each and everyone of my Active Rain friends. I hope this helps.

My advice...hang on.

Later in the rain~Deb







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Comment balloon 28 commentsDeb Brooks • November 25 2008 02:50PM


Hi Deb, I'm sure the thought has crossed many agent's minds. It's very tough out there right now but we need to stick it out. Be Positive. Rich Charlotte NC

Posted by Rich Ferretti, ABR QSC Realtor/Broker, Charlotte NC Real Estate a (Rich Ferretti Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Rich, that's the attitude I love. I'm POSITIVE that you'll make it work. Thanks,


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

I completely agree with you!

This business is in need of retaining each and every ethical, responsible, professional, caring individual we can muster.

This is very true. It is kind of surreal to see so many agents getting out of the field. This business DOES take some work and this is market change is just a part of the job. We need to be strong, work hard to stay afloat.

I, too, want to continue in this profession. It is a passion of mine and I am not going to let go because of a slow down. This will just show you which agents were tough enough to stick through and make it to the other side. I'm a survivor! :)

Thanks for sharing, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Posted by Nicole Weidauer (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) over 10 years ago

I think ultimately the professionals will survive this market. I am on the mortgage side, and it is difficult compared to the past, but after 20+ years, What else would I do!  I do love the business, I just wish it were busier!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 10 years ago


This is still a great business, and if you work it, the money is there. It may take more effort, but I wouldn't think of doing anything else. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Debra

We are in a time that real estate professional need to take stock of their career and recommit to the hard work that required for success.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 10 years ago

Real estate is a great profession, it is fun, can be hectic, you meet great people and have many, many friends.  Thanks for posting these questions, hopefully it will help those who are thinking about quitting.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb, with your question you set the table for a lively discussion particularly in these days and with this forum.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Nicole, you have the passion to survive! And, be successful. Thank you for the positive side of the subject. I do appreciate it.

Robert, You can do what you want to do and I don't believe that 20 years would stop what you're really saying is that you love what you're doing??? I get that.

Steve, your attitude will prevail when customers start saying..."sorry the business is so bad"...and your response can be....Bad? It couldn't be better! That's the truth no matter which way you look at it!

Have a great day! Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Deb These are great questions and I will have to sit down in a quiet spot to answer. WhenI do I will post my anwsers!! Thanks for this! I will ponder them!

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate ( over 10 years ago

I'm in for the long haul.  Wait!  I've been in for several long hauls. 

This too shall pass. 


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Thanks Deb,  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving because you have written a right on blog.  I have made no money this year.  I have whined, complained and seriously contemplated a different career, but I love what I do.  This is my job, my profession and I've invested thirteen years of hard work and training to be really good at it.  So, I'm sticking with it.  Good times and bad, sort of like marraige.

Posted by Marian Goetzinger, Crystal Coast Real Estate NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb, with our dues becoming, well, due, I fear many agents may not make it. At least, that is what I am hearing around Akron, Ohio.

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb,

We have to be prepared to take the good with the not so good. Yes it is tough, but no one said it would be easy and if it were easy would we be satisfied to go through life without a challenge!

I said earlier, we tend to appreciate things more when we have to work for them. A career in Real Estate is no exception


Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Deb, you are right, I love my job, I couldnt picture doing anything else. (even in the difficult times)

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 10 years ago

Deb~ I love people with a positive outlook on life...I'm one of those too! Serving as a Real Estate agent is a true passion of mine and I couldn't imagine doing anything different. Just like a marriage, I'm in this for better or for worse!

Posted by LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL (Keller Williams Heritage Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb - what a great post you have written and great reminder about putting your goals down in black and white. It is so important to stay on track.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 10 years ago

Deb - I recently evaluated things and decided it was worth it to stick it out - even if I have to withdraw from a retirement account of money I socked away during good times. Truth is, it's hard to give up that flexibility and independent contractor status and go corporate again. Good list of questions, some I had already asked myself before making the deciding to STAY.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 10 years ago

Deb, you said, "First of all...why did you get into this business? Because the market was hot...or for a profession?"

I think that is a valid question. There are a multitude of reason people go into real estate. But, the bottom line is for most is to make money, and either support their families or contribute to that support.

If it is not affording them the opportunity then they must move on to something that will.

I love RE and can't imagine myself doing anything different and yes, I am the main bread winner in my house. My husband teaches high school. So I have no choice but to make it work. good or bad market, I'm committed to the long haul.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

When I went in real estate I went in because I wanted my own business and really wanted to sell real estate. I was told going in there would be tough times. I didn't go in blind thinking that good times were here to stay. I'm here to stay! I just wake up every morning and say, "Who can I go see today or call". I'm amazed at how the positive attitude and keeping those relationships going has helped.


Posted by Linda Breeding (Keller Williams Realty ) over 10 years ago

Jeanette, I can't imagine you doing anything else...except maybe movie production. I hear there's a calling in that girlfriend. You are good behind and in front of the camera. You CAN and WILL sell houses. :-)

Lenn, If I had to place a bet on that one I would have won...yep.

Marian, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too! I love hearing that you're passionate. Hang in there.

David, I know it's difficult in different areas....for sure. If you love it then make it work.

Harold, you're right. Life isn't always easy! You have a great attitude and keep on the same path you're'll be fine.

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to all. Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago


They say things are bigger in TX.  Well, you sure got the heart!  I know that you are so sincere in what you say.  I'm sure your words came as relief to some.  I know that your care and concern are very much appreciated. 

You're the BEST!

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) over 10 years ago

Yvette, from you this compliment is huge girl! Thank you. Really. My heart is simply open to all the good we can come up with in this world. You, my dear, are a big part of the big. Thanks Yvette and I do hope we will get to meet one day! You take care my friend.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb, I re-evaluate my real estate career every year.  Notice I said career -- I wanted to get my real estate license for many years before I was finally in one place long enough to take the classes, get the license and actually be able to start a career.  I absolutely love real estate -- it's not easy -- and yes, I could and should work harder and smarter at it.  Oh, yeah, that's why I joined Active Rain -- to learn from the real pros, who work harder and smarter and are willing to share their experience with the rest of us.

I'm looking forward to the new year -- I will be working harder and hopefully smarter to keep my business going strong.  The budget may be a little tighter -- have to be smart where we spend  advertising and marketing dollars.  I tightened it up some this year but still made some advertising mistakes -- they will be eliminated in 2009 and I'll be looking for advertising & marketing opportunities.

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 10 years ago

I will never let my license go, I work several other jobs along with my Real Estate.

"Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family"

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb, Happy Thanksgiving. I'm still here, still in RE and plan to continue. In my almost 20 yrs. in the business, I've seen alot, maybe not as troubling as this market, but I'm having a pretty good year, and am optimistic about the future. This business was never for the faint of heart, and in my area, those that are throwing in the towel didn't really work at it to begin with anyway.


Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) over 10 years ago

i was trying to send you an e-mail as was told to stop 'spamming' and that I didn't have permission......what the heck?

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 10 years ago

Liz, you've got to be kidding? OMG, did not ever get it. Let's visit. Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago