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Advice for the Rookie Realtor

Real estate 'takes a lot of guts'

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Re: 'Life of a Rookie Realtor' (Aug. 27) Dear Rookie: If someone had sat you down to spell out the life of a real estate salesperson, would that really have altered your decision to take the plunge into the real estate profession? I'd bet that you would have made the decision to charge forward with or without that information, and kudos to you for doing that. That's a very bold move, and takes a lot of guts and determination. I, myself, left my six-figure, senior-management position with a leading real estate internet brokerage firm to start my own company. Many people thought I was nuts. Others admired me. Still others were scared for me and lacked the same faith that I have in myself. No matter what anybody said or thought, nobody could have changed my mind about what I wanted to do. I've been free from my salaried position and the shackles and chains associated with that position for close to a year and a half, and I couldn't be happier. Yes, there are times when things get very t...