The Running Realtor: My Other Career.... Group Announcement

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My Other Career.... Group Announcement

Recently I was tagged to write a MeMe and one of the comments said "What I want to know is what was your first careerInstead of going into a detailed answer I thought it would make a great on-going subject for many people and decided to start a group.

Below are a few highlight from a NAR report released May 10, 2007 containing information about 2007 NAR Member Profiles.

  • 40-hour work weeks. The typical member is 51 years old, works 40 hours per week and has been in the business for seven years.
  • Sales volume dips. In 2006, typical residential sales members sold one of their own listings and five of someone else's, .......volume was $1.9 million.
  • Not the first career. Only 4 percent of members report real estate is their first career.

Since 96% of us did something else prior to a real estate career there must be plenty of stories.... When you are in the mood to reflect on the past add stories to this GROUP.  Feel free to share more than once, it could be your first job, corporate career or other business ventures.

This is not just for REALTORS®. I know people in the Mortgage & Home Inspection business that had other careers so join in.

The MEME tag works quite well.  I suggest tagging the stories MOC for My Other Career.  Posting can be public or members only. you may even pick up some new clients based on your old career.

Comment balloon 12 commentsNo Longer Active • May 25 2007 08:33PM


Dan--This is a great idea...Very few people will say that they dreamed of being a real estate agent as a child! Almost everyone started out with a different career. It will be fun to hear about the different backgrounds everyone has.
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 13 years ago
I am the odd man out, I have only done real estate is some form or another.  I have not wanted to do anything else. 
Posted by Beth Bastian, Simi Valley Real Estate (Rosemont Financial Inc) about 13 years ago
I started as a Financial Consultant for Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.  I sold securities in Philly and Phoenix for 6 years.
Posted by Brian Brady, 858-777-9751 (San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751) about 13 years ago
Dan, I would think that you are going to get some very interesting Posts in the Group.  Good luck with it.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 13 years ago



Well, that's an interesting question for me...almost an embarrassment, actually.  So let me preface this by telling you I was ADHD before the term was invented.  And all I knew was I had a demon.  I didn't know what it was.  So with that to start with, here's what I've done:

I was a radio personality from 14 through 23, I ran a small restaurant while in college, I traveled as a solo pianist playing hotel dining rooms all over the U.S., I was the comptroller of a bank in a suburb of St. Louis, I wrote a weekly column for a daily newspaper for 10 years (500 of them), and I still write a monthly column for Texas Escapes ( I was a TV on-camera feature writer/reporter for Channel 24 in Houston.  I wrote a book, Bill Cherry's Galveston Memories (VanJus Press - 2000) and have two more book manuscripts in the mill at Texas A&M University Press.  I was the financial principal for a mutual fund broker/dealer and the commercial loan officer for Guaranty Savings.  And I've been an adjunct professor at one four year college and a community college, plus founded and operated Galveston's most successful residential real estate company.  It also had a branch office in Houston's Museum District.

Did I tell you that I also tune and repair pianos?  And I still regularly play for receptions, dinner parties, weddings and background music -- a Gershwin, Sinatra-type music kind of guy.

But when all is said and done, my real interest has always been real estate.  I've been doing it as a broker and investor for 43 years.  But when I go to my Heavenly Reward, I will not have to say that I didn't make every attempt to try everything I was ever interested in. 

I recommend that lifestyle, by the way.

Posted by BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach (Bill Cherry, Realtor) about 13 years ago
I love the idea - you are such a smart guy :o)
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 13 years ago
Not really, Miss Thesa.  I've just always been interested in a lot of things and willing to try my hand at them. Sometimes it was a disaster, other times it was so-so and every now and then it was a home run.  Thanks for your compliment, though.  My guess is you are far more interesting.
Posted by BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach (Bill Cherry, Realtor) about 13 years ago

VERY interesting idea!!  I'll have to work on a post for you.  I wonder what kind of stuff we'll find out with this? 

(Whoops, almost told you it was OK to throw these in the Meme Group, must have skimmed over your new group while talking to Little One!  Going to join it now!)

Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) about 13 years ago


Experimental electronics technician, for the Boeing Co. Dispatch and sales for ready-mix concrete Co. Real Estate investment and sales. Trucking and equipment leasing, owner and operator. General Contractor and residential builder. Free lance building inspector and home inspector. Lodging owner /operator. 25 years volunteer fire fighter. Fire fighter training instructor. Former motorcycle racer. Former stock car racer. Toured over half million miles on a Harley, and still riding.

Alaska Don

Posted by Donald Sutherland, Inspector-Seward, Alaska (Marathon Constructors Inspection Services) about 13 years ago
Spent a good number of years in the US Merchant Marine - eventually as Captain of a deepsea cargo ship.  My career took me around the world twice (it really IS round!) and to a couple dozen countries the SLOW way...
Posted by Art Blanchet, Stranger in a Warm Land (On the Outside Lookin' In) almost 13 years ago
Dan, great idea!  MOC was Construction Management and General Contracting.  Still is to some degree.  
Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) almost 13 years ago

I was a legal  secretary and then college teacher, and turned to real estate a long time ago.   Many years ago, I did an article for an area real estate magazine about what people did before they came to real estate.   I interviewed a lot of top agents and was surprised to learn that several of them had been fighter pilots.   I didn't quite get the connection.     A lot of others, of course, came from teaching and nursing, but the group that most surprised me was the pilots.   

Posted by Mary Sheridan, Creative Marketing, Buyer Agency 423-943-7655 (Keller Willliams - 1033 Hamilton Place,Johnson City TN 37604) over 8 years ago

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