How to avoid paying that Real Estate commission ~ Helpful tips to get your started

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The real estate commission earned by a Realtor on the sale of your property can add up to a lot of money.  It may be tempting to try to save that commission by selling your property yourself.  This is called FSBO or For Sale By Owner, and there are many folks who are comfortable taking on the role of a FSBO seller.

Whether you choose to sell your property alone or with the help of a Realtor, you should always have a complimentary HOME MARKET EVALUATION done on your property so you know exactly what the market is doing currently in your neighborhood.  A good term to remember to ask a real estate professional when they are evaluating your market conditions is what are my “ODDS OF SELLING” my home?

There are many market factors that go into your odds of selling, and always remember that the market dictates what your property will sell for, regardless of what you personally feel should be the price of your property.

So if you decide to market your own property, we invite you to consider the following steps that you must take in order to save the real estate commission.

1) Conduct your own mini walk-through inspection.  Make a list of what you might need to repair or improve.  Items such as

Fresh clean paint throughout

Clean windows and window coverings throughout

Well-manicured lawn and yard

Plumbing and all appliances in working order

A well-organized, clean garage

All sealants (window, tub, shower, sink, etc) in good condition

Roof and gutters in good condition, no repair needed

2) Make all necessary repairs and improvements before you begin to advertise your property.

3) Carefully research information regarding the prices and terms of sales in today’s real estate market.  Investigate recent sales prices (COMPS) in your immediate area.

4) Meet with local lenders and determine financing alternatives for your prospective buyers.

5) Determine which newspapers and home magazines, etc will best advertise your property. Call them for rates and make sure you find out their deadlines, customer base (REACH), etc.

6) Establish an advertising budget.

7) Prepare a professional, attention getting advertisement that will attract the right buyers to your property.

8) Prepare a plan to reach those out-of-town buyers who account for a major portion of today’s home purchases.  In the Charleston tri-county area, we have seen a large influx of relocation over the past 10 years and this number continues to grow each year.

9) Purchase an eye-catching and weatherproof yard sign, install it in the front of your property.  Note:  make sure to check with your HOA, some communities don’t allow for any signage in your yard, or they may require a certain type of sign. You should also refer to your covenants and restrictions as well.

10) Purchase special “Open House” signs and install them in paths that lead from main roads or thoroughfares, through the neighborhood, and to your property. Note: Always remember to take the signs back down after your Open House has been held.

11) Prepare a “Feature/Benefit” fact sheet outlining specific features of your property (home) and the corresponding benefits to prospective purchasers.

12) Schedule and conduct open house “Weekdays” as well as open house weekends.  Make your property more inviting by placing freshly cut flowers in several rooms.  You might burn scented candles in the living room, kitchen or baths.  The aroma of freshly baked bread or cookies also adds to the ambiance of your property.

13) Be available at all times so that you can walk through the property with prospective buyers to answer their questions and offer information about local schools, parks, transportation (commutes), churches, shopping, etc.

14) Learn how to separate the “lookers” from qualified buyers.  Ask for names and phone numbers and be sure to follow up with telephone calls.

15) Be prepared to negotiate with the buyer(s).  Remember to be an impartial 3rd party.  Remain calm and refrain from any emotional outburst that might spoil a sale.

16) Obtain all forms necessary for the legal sale of real property such as:

Deposit Receipt & Offer to Purchase

Buyers Cost Sheet

Seller’s Disclosure Form (It is imperative that all know defects be disclosed to the buyer(s))

17) Determine the type(s) of financing that you are willing to consider such as:

FHA

VA

Seller Carryback First Loan

Conventional Loan with Seller Carryback Second Loan

“Wrap Around” Loan

18) Negotiate with the buyer(s) all final terms of the sale including price, financing, inspections, date of closing, date of possession, and other pertinent considerations.

19) Plan a final walk through with the buyer(s) before settlement process in complete in order to resolve any dispute.  Have a witness present.

20) While you are marketing your current property, locate and negotiate to purchase your next home (if applicable).  Attempt to schedule both transactions so that they close simultaneously.  In this way, you and the buyer are able to move at the same time.

I hope that these tips will in some way help guide you if you decide to go the FSBO route.  If there’s anything I can assist with,  don’t hesitate to reach out and ask away!

Brad

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Inspiration from a day of living the Salt Life

At my brokerage not long ago they were talking about “The Big Why” and how it affected me.  The big why, they said, was the reason you get up everyday and do what you do. Everyone of us will have our own Big Why, but it got me thinking about my Big Why and what it has to do with where I am in life, who I associate with, my business, and my family, and all that good stuff. Yesterday the big why hit me like a ton of bricks, or maybe it was just the sun, but I felt like my brain needed a kick in the butt, and here’s what came out this morning:

BE THANKFUL No matter how bad you think your day is going, or how bad the traffic is on the way to work, wake up and thank yourself for how fortunate you really are. Yesterday, I woke up, grabbed some chicken necks and headed out to Shem Creek.  It was 78 degrees and sunny, and after a couple of hours I had a bucket full of Blue Crabs for the evening’s crab cakes. Although I didn’t have a client to work with this weekend, and I could have found a million reasons to complain about this or that, I found a lot to be thankful for in this bucket of crabs.

Blue crabs caught off of the Shem Creek Pier

STOP SPENDING TIME WITH THE WRONG FOLKS  Folks will allow you into their lives if they choose to, don’t spend time chasing someone who’s not interested in you. Don’t spend time with people that suck the joy out of you. I met an old man yesterday while crabbing, he was out walking his dog, and he stopped to ask how the fishing was going, and we started talking.  I had never met this man, who at 71 years old, had lived in Charleston his whole life, we talked about real estate, and dogs, and crabs, trucking, steel mills up north, the Savannah port, the Civil War, shrimp boats, erosion, how he had become a widow, past acquaintances, and I realized that this gentleman brought me a lot of joy!  He had allowed me into his life and I was grateful to have met such a man.  Well we said our goodbyes and he turned back to ask me for a few of my cards.  Turns out he has a river front home he might be selling sometime soon…

River front home for sale on James Island SC

STOP FOCUSING ON WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO HAPPEN  Positive thinking has been the driving force in every success story in the history of man. You can’t succeed by starting the day off saying “Jeez, I hope that bill doesn’t show up in the mail today, I know that client left me, he hasn’t called me back in a week, traffic’s going to suck this morning, I hope we don’t have any meetings”…If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!

Stop worrying about traffic and start worrying about success

STOP FOLLOWING THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE Stop taking the easy way out, life is hard, Real Estate is hard, running your own business is hard.  I’m learning on the fly!  But anything in life worth having is worth fighting for to obtain.  Someone once told me that life is failure after failure after failure, each failure leading you one step closer to a win!  Don’t be afraid to hear that no, don’t be afraid that they won’t answer the door, don’t be afraid of introducing yourself to that person standing next to you in line.  Don’t take the easy route, try doing hard.  You might find out that once you’ve done hard for a while, well, it’s just not that hard anymore.

Take the road less traveled

Well, those are my thoughts for this morning.  Amazing what some raw chicken necks, too much sun, angry crabs, and an old man can do for the soul….

AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS…. BLAME IT ON A PUFFER FISH,THEY CAN HANDLE THE DRAMA!!!

puffer-fish

River view homes and condos for sale in Albemarle Point in West Ashley SC 29407

Homes For Sale In Albemarle Point West Ashley SC 29407

Find similar homes for sale near Albemarle Point West Ashley SC 29407

The Albemarle Point community is located across the Ashley River from Downtown Charleston at the covergence of the river and Wappoo Creek.  The small neighborhood of Albemarle Point contains only 10 single-family homes but also includes the Albemarle Condominiums complex. While the homes were built in the 1950’s and are situated along the marsh with amazing views of the Lowcountry waterway.  The condos are not directly on the marsh, but still have wonderful views as well. Most of the homes in this neighborhood have been upgraded over the years and feature modern upgrades.

Although properties rarely become available here, when they do they are highly coveted for their amazing views.

River view homes for sale in Albemarle Point West Ashley SC 29407

Albemarle Point in West Ashley SC Neighborhood Expert

I am with Keller Williams Realty as a licensed Realtor SC Real Estate License #87059 with a lifetime of local experience under my belt as I am a Charleston native.  I maintain an up to date Charleston South Carolina Neighborhood Directory which has information about the different communities and lifestyles that Charleston offers.  My website also offers detailed community reports for West Ashley SC 29407 which include household incomes, crime risk, education levels attained, and potential for extreme weather.

Because I know schools are an important factor in moving, I maintain a directory which makes it simple to Search Albemarle Point in West Ashley SC 29407.  My website has current and detailed School Reports for Charleston, SC.

My monthly Market Report for West Ashley South Carolina is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

Call 843-209-8105 to discuss how this information can benefit you, or if you just want to meet for a cup of coffee.  Any time you just want to have a conversation about anything Charleston, give me a call, and let’s get to know each other.  I believe that long lasting relationships are the key to any business relationship, and this is especially true for real estate.

River view homes and condos for sale in Albemarle Point in West Ashley SC 29407

Conveniently Located in West Ashley SC 29407

Albemarle Point is truly a wonderful place to call home.  I am a current resident of Mount Pleasant and have lived in SummervilleWest Ashley, the Downtown Peninsula, and James Island in my life. With so much to offer such as quick access to the lovely beach towns like Folly Beach, tons of great restaurants, endless shopping and incredible schools.  The historic district of downtown Charleston is just a hop skip away!

Albemarle Point in West Ashley SC 29407 is a great place to call home. I invite you to look into it as an option, as you may find it is a perfect fit for you! You can find homes for sale in Albemarle Point (depending on availability) as well as all available Charleston properties for sale at www.findmtpleasanthomes.com.

Homes for sale in Planters Point in Mount Pleasant SC 29466

Homes for sale in Planters Pointe in Mount Pleasant SC 29466

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The Planters Pointe community is a fairly new community with development starting in the later 1990’s.  It’s location just off of Hwy 41 in Mt. Pleasant.  Most of the homes in the community were either built by KB Homes or Ryland, but there are some other semi-custom builders available as well.  Planters Pointe is a medium sized community with 617 homes.  There are some nice amenities including a swimming pool, club house, tennis courts, a several biking/walking trails. Planters Pointe is about 30 minutes to Downtown Charleston and 25 minutes to the beach on Isle of Palms.

Planters Pointe in Mount Pleasant SC Neighborhood Expert

I am with Keller Williams Realty as a licensed Realtor SC Real Estate License #87059 with a lifetime of local experience under my belt as I am a Charleston native.  I maintain an up to date Charleston South Carolina Neighborhood Directory which has information about the different communities and lifestyles that Charleston offers.  My website also offers detailed community reports for Mt Pleasant 29466 which include household incomes, crime risk, education levels attained, and potential for extreme weather.

Because I know schools are an important factor in moving, I maintain a directory which makes it simple to Search Planters Pointe in Mt Pleasant SC 29466.  My website has current and detailed School Reports for Mount Pleasant SC.

My monthly Market Report for Mount Pleasant South Carolina is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

Call 843-209-8105 to discuss how this information can benefit you, or if you just want to meet for a cup of coffee.  Any time you just want to have a conversation about anything Charleston, give me a call, and let’s get to know each other.  I believe that long lasting relationships are the key to any business relationship, and this is especially true for real estate.

Homes for sale in Planters Pointe in Mt Pleasant SC 29466

Conveniently Located in Mount Pleasant SC 29466

Mt Pleasant is truly a wonderful place to call home.  I am a current resident of Mount Pleasant and have lived in SummervilleWest Ashley, the Downtown Peninsula, and James Island in my life. With so much to offer such as quick access to the lovely beach towns like Isle of Palms, tons of great restaurants, endless shopping and incredible schools.  The historic district of downtown Charleston is just over the Ravenel Bridge.

Planters Pointe neighborhood in Mt Pleasant SC 29466 is a great place to call home. I invite you to look into it as an option, as you may find it is a perfect fit for you! You can find homes for sale in Planters Pointe (depending on availability) as well as all available Charleston area properties for sale at www.findmtpleasanthomes.com.

Waterfront homes for sale in Riverland Terrace on James Island SC 29412

Waterfront homes for sale in Riverland Terrace on James Island SC 29412

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The waterfont Riverland Terrace neighborhood is a thriving area of the beautiful James Island and the homes for sale in Riverland Terrace offer you the chance to reside in James Island’s oldest neighborhood.  The development in Riverland Terrace began in the 1920’s.  The community runs along the bank of Wappoo Creek and is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Downtown Charleston.  The neighborhood features a community boat landing with deep water access, Charleston Municipal Golf Course, and beautiful Magnolia trees, and it’s very close to James Island county park, shopping, and places of worship.  The entrance to the neighborhood is famously called the Avenue of Oaks due to its 73 majestic live oaks that canopy the drive. These beautiful oaks are over 100 years old now and add a southen charm to the neighborhood.  Riverland Terrace consists of approximately 800 homes and is one of James Island’s largest communities. Prices range from the low 200’s up to over 2 million for the waterfront homes with docks in place.  This neighborhood is a boater’s dream!

Avenue of Oaks in Riverland Terrace on James Island SC 29412

 Riverland Terrace On James Island SC Neighborhood Expert

I am with Keller Williams Realty as a licensed Realtor SC Real Estate License #87059 with a lifetime of local experience under my belt as I am a Charleston native.  I maintain an up to date Charleston South Carolina Neighborhood Directory which has information about the different communities and lifestyles that Charleston offers.  My website also offers detailed community reports for James Island SC which include household incomes, crime risk, education levels attained, and potential for extreme weather.

Because I know schools are an important factor in moving, I maintain a directory which makes it simple to Search Riverland Terrace On James Island SC 29412.  My website has current and detailed School Reports for Charleston, SC.

My monthly Market Report for James Island South Carolina is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

Call 843-209-8105 to discuss how this information can benefit you, or if you just want to meet for a cup of coffee.  Any time you just want to have a conversation about anything Charleston, give me a call, and let’s get to know each other.  I believe that long lasting relationships are the key to any business relationship, and this is especially true for real estate.

Homes for sale in Riverland Terrace James Island SC 29412

Conveniently Located on James Island 29412

James Island is truly a wonderful place to call home.  I am a current resident of Mount Pleasant and have lived in SummervilleWest Ashley, the Downtown Peninsula, and James Island in my life. With so much to offer such as quick access to the lovely beach towns like Folly Beach, tons of great restaurants, endless shopping and incredible schools.  The historic district of downtown Charleston is just over the James Island Connector!

Riverland Terrace neighborhood on James Island SC 29412 is a great place to call home. I invite you to look into it as an option, as you may find it is a perfect fit for you! You can find homes for sale in Bayfront (depending on availability) as well as all available Charleston properties for sale at www.findmtpleasanthomes.com.

Stunning waterfront estates for sale in Rivertowne on the Wando in Mount Pleasant SC 29466

Waterfront estates for sale in Rivertowne on the Wando in Mt Pleasant SC 29466

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The Rivertowne community  is a single family community of medium size consisting of 458 homes and home sites. Situated within the Rivertowne Development just off of Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant’s 29466 zip code, Rivertowne on the Wando is located at the very end of Rivertowne Parkway along the Wando River. 62 of these home sites are located along Rivertowne Parkway. This is an awesome community as far as amenities go as there are 3 community docks, a large swimming pool and kiddie pool with multiple decks, a gazebo on the river, 3 tennis courts, and plenty of common grounds for play or picnics. The Rivertowne on the Wando community offers a family social atmosphere and the residents are active walking, biking, jogging, and there’s even a neighborhood swim team.

Waterfront estates for sale in Rivertowne on the Wando in Mt Pleasant SC 29466

Rivertowne on the Wando in Mount Pleasant SC Neighborhood Expert

I am with Keller Williams Realty as a licensed Realtor SC Real Estate License #87059 with a lifetime of local experience under my belt as I am a Charleston native.  I maintain an up to date Mount Pleasant South Carolina Neighborhood Directory which has information about the different communities and lifestyles that Charleston offers.  My website also offers detailed community reports for Mt Pleasant 29466 which include household incomes, crime risk, education levels attained, and potential for extreme weather.

Because I know schools are an important factor in moving, I maintain a directory which makes it simple to Search Rivertowne on the Wando in Mt Pleasant SC 29466.  My website has current and detailed School Reports for Mt Pleasant SC 29466 and all of the Charleston tri-county area.

My monthly Market Report for Mount Pleasant South Carolina is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

Home prices in Rivertowne on the Wando in Mt Pleasant SC 29466 range from the high $300’s up to over 5 million for the waterfront estates with deep water access and docks available.

Luxury estates with deep water access for sale in Rivertowne on the Wando in Mount Pleasant SC 29466

Call 843-209-8105 to discuss how this information can benefit you, or if you just want to meet for a cup of coffee.  Any time you just want to have a conversation about anything Charleston, give me a call, and let’s get to know each other.  I believe that long lasting relationships are the key to any business relationship, and this is especially true for real estate.

Homes for sale in Rivertowne on the Wando in Mt Pleasant SC 29466

 Conveniently Located in Mount Pleasant SC 29466

Mt Pleasant is truly a wonderful place to call home.  I am a current resident of Mount Pleasant and have lived in SummervilleWest Ashley, the Downtown Peninsula, and James Island in my life. With so much to offer such as quick access to the lovely beach towns like Isle of Palms, tons of great restaurants, endless shopping and incredible schools.  The historic district of downtown Charleston is just over theRavenel Bridge.

Rivertowne on the Wando neighborhood in Mt Pleasant SC 29466 is a great place to call home. I invite you to look into it as an option, as you may find it is a perfect fit for you! You can find homes for sale in Rivertowne (depending on availability) as well as all available Charleston properties for sale at www.findmtpleasanthomes.com.

Mount Pleasant Plantation ~ The Hibben House ~ Simply Amazing!

The amazing and historic Mount Pleasant Plantation in Old Village Mt Pleasant SC 29464

One of the greatest joys I have in being a Realtor in my hometown of Charleston, SC is that no matter where you turn, there’s history to be found. Currently I live in Mt. Pleasant in the 29464 zip code, which is just north of the Downtown Charleston peninsula.  Mount Pleasant was founded in part by a gentleman by the name of Jacob Motte, who built the Mount Pleasant Plantation home pictured above. The plantation home was built circa 1759 and his family owned and lived there until around 1803, which at this time the home was purchased by James Hibben.  James Hibben had 10 children and at some point he decided to sub-divide his land around the plantation into 35 sections, he gave his children each a section of land to build their homes on and the homes were divided by streets. This became the town of Mount Pleasant.  The Hibben House is the oldest building in Mt. Pleasant, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and you can easily enjoy it’s beauty with a stroll through Old Mount Pleasant.  The community has very active residents that run, jog, walk, and bike and the streets are slow and calm.

The Hibben House historical marker

The homes in Old Mt Pleasant and Old Village are some of the most sought after homes in the 29464 zip code and the waterfront historic homes frequently sell in the millions.  It’s also an area with many investment opportunities as older homes are being bought for land value, torn down or completely renovated, and custom luxury homes are being built all the time in the area.

Also, right down the street is the Old Pitt Street Bridge Park which has the most amazing views of the Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter, Sullivan’s Island, and has a long pier for fishing, crabbing and relaxing.

The Pitt Steet Bridge Park

This happens to be one of my personal favorite crabbing spots and I’ve been known to catch everything from Spottails, Trout, Flounder, and even Sharks off of the pier here.  Just on the other side of Old Village is Shem Creek which has some really famous southern seafood restaurants, a public boat landing, and another amazing fishing/crabbing pier.

For more information on homes for sale in Old Village and Old Mount Pleasant, investment opportunites and Market Statistics, feel free to check out my website www.findmtpleasanthomes.com

Thanks for reading and sharing a passion I have for history!

Homes for sale near historic Ashley Hall private girls school Charleston SC 29403

Homes Near Ashley Hall in Downtown Charleston SC 29403

Homes for sale near Ashley Hall in Downtown Charleston SC 29403

Find homes for sale near Ashley Hall Private Girls School in Downtown Charleston SC 29403. Our For Sale property information is a direct feed from the Charleston Trident MLS and is updated several times per day.

The homes near Ashley Hall in Downtown Charleston SC have easy access to schools, shopping, the harbor, historic homes, museums, and parks. You will love coming home to the homes for sale near Ashley Hall in Downtown Charleston SC 29403 every day!

To find out what your home near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston is worth, request a FREE Competitve Market Analysis by filling out this simple form.

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To get local school scores and more information about the Elementary and Middle schools serving the Charleston area, check out Charleston School Reports on my website.

Super Convenient Downtown Charleston Location

Ashley Hall Private Girls Schoolis conveniently located in Downtown Charleston SC in the 29403 zip code. This location offers convenient access to several parks, historic homes (museums), grocery stores and amazing shopping on Upper King Street and the Market.

Find out about everything that is nearby to Ashley Hall in Charleston SC including places of worship.

The homes near Ashley Hall in Downtown Charleston SC are a great place to call home. Coastal Carolina and the Charleston peninsula are a wonderful area. You can find homes for sale near Ashley Hall Private Girls School in Charleston SC (depending on availability) as well as all all available homes for sale in Charleston SC on my website www.findmtpleasanthomes.com

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The data used in this Free Market Report is pooled from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or investor, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

Call or email anytime to discuss how I can use this information to benefit you! I am committed to helping you by providing relevant information so you can make educated decisions.

Thank you for reading about the homes near Ashley Hall in Charleston SC!

For more information on the entire Charleston, SC area please check out my website at www.findmtpleasanthomes.com If you’re buying, selling, or investing in real estate, please allow me to provide you the information you need and become your one stop information spot!

“Brad Braun ~ Charleston’s House SOLD Name”

Beautiful and historic Ashley Hall Private Girls School In Charleston SC 29403

Negative lies that you’re going to hear as you chase your real estate dreams

I have been in real estate for just over a year now, and for those just starting out, or if you happen to be in a rut and can’t seem to dig your way out, I took the time to write down a few repetitive lies that my friends, family, drunk monkeys, and total strangers have told me over the past year.  It’s funny, once you’ve heard the same lie several times, you’re going to have to make a choice: 1) believe the lie and start to find every reason to not succeed in your career, or, 2) realize what you’re hearing and take it at face value and move on.

Here’s the top lies I was told in the first year of my real estate career.  Each at different times challenged me in some way to make a decision to quit or to push through.  The fact that I’m writing this today is proof that I was able to take the lies for what they were, to realize that other folks have no bearing on how I pursue my own dreams, and that if I stay focused with the tenacity of a raging bull, that nothing will or can stand in my way!!!!

Anyways, tell me if you’ve heard any of these before:

9) Sure you can chase your dreams some day, but now’s not the time.  You need to be more conservative with your money.  You need to buckle down and be responsible…

This conversation took place as I was deciding to go to real estate school between my father and myself.  I had a fairly comfortable pay grade in upper level management in the automotive industry.  Life on the outside looked cushy, but on the inside I was dying.  80+ hour work weeks, two divorces, health problems, all while answering to a boss I really didn’t get along with and who would fire me as soon as the numbers dipped.  After my dad made this statement, I didn’t answer him right away.  I told him I’d get back to him and a few days later I called and responded to his statement with my own.  Some Day?  When is Some Day? When I heard the words someday, you might as well be telling me that there’s a day out there that will never come. There’s an old saying that popped into my head that my old mentor taught me early on in my career.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Don’t believe that you can do this Some Day, believe you can do it Today.

8) You make a great living, if you walk away, how are you going to pay the bills, you can’t pay the bills if you don’t make any money for six months.

My mother chimed in with this one.  Her concern, while valid, was a fear that many people face every day in their lives. To answer this question was hard for me, because yes, a six figure 80+ hour a week job was definitely SAFE. It was also dangerous in many ways: my health was failing, I never slept more than 4 hours a night, vacation?  what’s that?, I was deeply depressed due to my failed marriages (completely my fault, I was married to my job).  So I had to ask myself, is what I’m doing really SAFE? How much worse can it be if I had the freedom to express myself, to answer to myself, to take a weekend off, to come home at night to be with my kids…. After looking at it this way, I realized that taking the leap of faith was actually a leap down a safer path.

7)  If you fail, you’re life will be ruined, you will lose everything and be a broken poor man.

Reality:  Real estate has one of the lowest start-up costs of any business around. If you consider your start-up costs compared to say, a restaurant franchise, the costs of become a Realtor are microscopic.  So the risks vs rewards are some of the best if not THE BEST odds you can put in your favor when going into business for yourself.

6)  You can’t break into a field that’s dominated by top producers, they are going to choke you out of business.

Those top producers have no impact on my sphere of influence, my work ethic, and who I speak to about real estate. In fact every top producer that I work with are very interested in your success! I have learned in the past year that 99% of Realtors out the like to give back, whether through donations, mentoring, sharing, fund raising, etc.  I have yet to meet a top dog that was anything other than a caring, giving person.  Besides that fact, there’s also tens of thousands of potential clients in my market area, more than I could ever speak to in my lifetime, so I’m pretty sure there’s enough for me and the top producers to go around.

5)  You might fail, and failing will affect your ability to find real employment, or gain credit, and will be a stigma you have to carry around.

Michael Jordan summed this one up best when he said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

4) You don’t have the right resources, and you won’t be able to access the right resources.

This lie actually took me some time to figure out.  I mean how was I going to succeed without knowing who or where or what to turn to? After a few months I came to the realization that this was also a lie that was holding me back and here’s the solution.  You don’t need resources I real estate.  Except for a pen.  And a smile.  That’s all you need, a pen and a smile.  If you can manage those two resources, the rest will come with hard work, determination, and the right attitude.

3) You can’t afford to pay people to train you, why are you having to pay for a mentor?  You can’t afford all these classes. You’re better off going alone.

Wrong on so many levels.  The day you stop learning is the day you die!  Fact of the matter is SYSTEMS WORK.  Find one you like and work the system, get a support group, surround yourself with like minded peers, and your 1000% better off than the lone wolf.  I can’t tell you how many times I just needed to hear myself say a script or be held accountable for a “lazy” day, and this is generally impossible if you try to go it alone.

2) You won’t be able to compete because you don’t have the start-up money it takes.  Marketing is expensive and placing ads in magazines will break your bank.

None of my closings to this point costs me more than the very basics of marketing materials.  Business cards, color copies, etc.  I was taught by my mentor that you don’t spend it until you earn it.  This is not a hurdle to you earning closings if you’re willing to do what it takes, no matter what it takes to generate leads.

1) Real estate and running your own business by yourself is too hard!

Compared to what?  Working 80+ hours a week for a boss that doesn’t like me?  Compared to spreading black tar on a freshly paved road in the middle of summer?  Real estate is hard, owning your own business is hard, there will certainly be many hurdles, roadblocks, and speed bumps along the way.  But if you LOVE what you’re doing, if you put your heart and soul into it, and you enjoy the journey, then it just doesn’t seem so hard after all.

Thanks for reading and good luck in your business!

And as always feel free to check out my website at http://www.findmtpleasanthomes.com and see how ignoring the lies has motivated me to bring a truly wonderful real estate market tool!

Homes for sale near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston SC 29403

Homes Near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston SC 29403

Homes for sale near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston SC 29403

 Find homes for sale near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston SC 29403. Our For Sale property information is a direct feed from the Charleston Trident MLS and is updated several times per day.

The homes near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston SC have easy access to schools, shopping, the harbor, historic homes, museums, and parks. You will love coming home to the homes for sale near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston SC 29407 every day!

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Super Convenient Downtown Charleston Location

Burke High School is conveniently located in Downtown Charleston SC in the 29403 zip code. This location offers convenient access to several parks, historic homes (museums), grocery stores and amazing shopping on Upper King Street and the Market.

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The homes near Burke High School in Downtown Charleston SC are a great place to call home. Coastal Carolina and the Charleston peninsula are a wonderful area. You can find homes for sale near Burke High School in Charleston SC (depending on availability) as well as all all available homes for sale in Charleston SC on my website www.findmtpleasanthomes.com

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