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What I Wish I Knew When I Started Real Estate

I've been doing real estate full time almost 13 years now... lucky 13 is almost here. I hope that means everything will just fall into my lap by that point.

donna harris remax austin tx real estateBack in October 2000, when I got licensed, I wish I knew I would have to start all over again once I finally got things moving along smoothly. I was the #1 agent in my office after about 7 years, and then I had to give it all up and move to another market.

When I started over in the new market, I wish I knew that the percentage of Realtors to population was about quadruple what it was in Dallas and that everyone in Austin knows a Realtor or is related to a Realtor. So frustrating!!

I also wish I knew how young I was going to continue to look. For some people, doing this 12+ years means nothing when all they see when they look at me is someone in their early 20's. Some will say, "Waaahhh, what a problem to have!" and I say, Yes! It is a problem when there is an entire older population who doesn't want to work with me because of looks.  It prevents me from completely breaking into the higher price point more consistently with more move-up buyers instead of first time buyers.

Don't get me wrong, I like my first timers as I'm good with educating them, but I would like more move-up opportunities as well.

I also wish I would have been told that when the market flip to a Seller's market, you have to drop everything and show properties with kids in tow just so your buyers don't miss out on another house with multiple offers. It's almost like becoming a slave to your clients.

Other than these things, that 24 year old was a smart cookie. She knew the right questions to ask before getting into the business. She was realistic in expectations. She set goals and strived to reach them every single year. I look back and wonder if that 24 year old should have chosen a different path, but then I look out my window and wonder what other profession would have given me the flexibility I've become accustomed to?

The picture above is from March 2005. It's been almost 5 years at this point and so much wisdom in those eyes... I also knew immediately not to use this picture in my advertising.  Solid colors, people!!  Stripes are too busy!!

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Comment balloon 7 commentsDonna Harris • April 29 2013 01:01PM


Donna - Great advice for anyone getting into real estate known the numbers!  Loved the fashion advice too!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 7 years ago

Donna-You've experienced at least several different real estate markets in your career and have some great take-a-ways, thanks for sharing these with us. 

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 over 7 years ago

Great advice from your ups and downs in the business Donna. You'll get those higher move up buyers if he keep giving that great service of yours.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Not having a clear understanding of what it takes isi probably the most common mistake made.  Business does not just fall in your lap.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) over 7 years ago


We all to start somewhere . . . . sounds like your 13 years have gone by in a blink of a eye.

May the next 13 year exceed your expectations.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 7 years ago

Laura, THanks!

Adrian, Yes, I feel like one of those old-folks with tons of stories...

Gary, Thanks!

Kathy, Do you really think that I think business is going to just fall in my lap?

Lou, I hope so!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 7 years ago

hi Donna, agree with the stripes and Lou that your next 13 years you will be rocking the market no matter where you may be.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 7 years ago