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Interview With A Realtor

 I bet you thought I was going to write about Vampires since it is so close to Halloween!

Actually, I was contacted the other day to be interviewed for a story that is to be used for Kentucky high school students to research different careers. A Realtor was one that had been voted on by teachers to learn more about. I was honored that they had picked me for an interview!

So...I was invited to talk about the steps I took to become a Realtor in Central Kentucky. What classes or studies were involved, how long the classes were, things I might have studied in high school, what I enjoy about my career, etc.

Seriously, I wish I had been pointed this direction earlier in my life. I was not pushed to become anything! My parents didn't see my brilliance in a certain area and seek extra training for me. Left adrift...I believed I would be an artist. I had minimal formal training but I think of myself more as an artist that has become a Realtor.

At the end of the interview I was asked what two things I would say were extremely important in conducting my life as a Realtor. My answer off the cuff was:

1. Computer 

2. Kindness  

Now, I could think of a few more, but I know I would be lost without my computer. That contraption is totally how I function in my world for research and to stay in touch with everyone. Kindness is a part of how I deal with the pressure and negotiations involved on a daily basis. There are times I don't want to be kind. Then there is that little voice that reminds me that if I can just keep my cool for a minute or two the mean words I am thinking of flinging on someone will evaporate. (Most times this works! lol) I know I can keep the deal a deal till closing by being kind.

How many of you knew in high school that you were going to study to be in Real Estate now? I wasted a lot of time but I got here as soon as I could! How about you?

 

Lizette Fitzpatrick - Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

Rated number #1 featured Kentucky Realtor on Activerain.com and Localism.com. Publisher/Author for the only Central Kentucky email newsletter on local real estate listings and sold properties, Kentucky relocation, local events, homeowner information and fun! For more information on Lizette, Kentucky Horse Farms, Prudential Don Foster, Madison County, Fayette County, Richmond or Lexington, Kentucky click on Lizette.us.

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Comment balloon 38 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • October 20 2007 03:10PM

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My answer would have been.... 

PATIENCE

with people AND computers!!!

Posted by Prudential Preferred Realty Butler PA (Prudential Preferred Realty) almost 11 years ago
I got here late in life...most likely because I had a low self esteem in my younger years. Well, better late than never....at least they get "mature" hahaha.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Hi Lizette,

I think it's absolutely AMAZING that you took that time and step to reach out to the younger crowd! A lot of times people don't have the guidance and support that many others are fortunate to have. Judging by some of your comments in your post it appears you experienced that to some extent and the truth is, it's not always easy.

So again I commend you for taking the time to go out there :)

Oh...HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 

  

Posted by Ricardo Bueno (Diverse Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Jayne- Yes...PATIENCE is a big virtue in being a Realtor. I think I have lots more now than I did when I was younger.

Sally - Don't you think it is amazing how "social" we have to be just to do our business? Sure we would like to sit home and watch TV...but if we want clients we have to get out and mingle with new people all the time. No time for us to be shy. Both my parents were sort of shy and I had a bit of that in me too.

Ricardo - I really wish that somewhere in high school I could have found a mentor that helped me form a career. When I was asked to do this, I wondered if it would make a difference to a teenager that hadn't figured out what they would do with their lives. Thanks for commenting!! Hope you have a a fun Halloween!

 

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago
I was invited to do the same kind of thing at an elementary school! I was actually stunned at the intelligent and thoughtful questions these 6 year olds were asking me about real estate and the agents part in it.
Posted by Robert Whitelaw, Broker, CEO, Realtor , ePro (Whitelaw & Sons Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago
Yeah...I got a big mouth now...ha!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago
Lizette, I think it's terrific they called you in and you took the time to go ( I am one person they would NEVER call for that :)  But I'm sure you gave them a lot to think about and they appreciated it.  My two things are just about the same:  Meeting new people and the computer, I not only need it I happen to like it :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

I wanted to be a special education teacher - and blew off a full ride scholarship to USC - I ended up with a BA in Criminal Science - which believe it or not helps me in real estate - lol

I would have said my computer was the most important tool.... and secondly I would have said a sense of humor

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Robert - To have 6 year olds interviewing you would be a treat! They are so fun at that age.

Sally - Isn't it funny how we both have bloomed in our old age!! lol

Carole - Never say Never! They just might call you!

Thesa - A degree in Criminal Science! Wow! That would come in handy! A sense of humor can really see us through some tough situations.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago
Lizette--What an opportunity to give students an idea that selling real estate is not just what is seen on the TV and in the movies. The school was lucky to select you as well because you are an awesome representative of our industry.
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 11 years ago
Teri - You are making me blush! It's sweet you think so. If you were here they would be interviewing you! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago
I think that is really neat to speak to kids about the career Of Real Estate.  Just think even if you impacted one student how cool to have to opportunity to do so.
Posted by Ginger Magoon, Bryan, College Station Texas Real Estate (Remax - Bryan College Station) almost 11 years ago

Lizette,

Don't feel bad my parents were the same way...I just tell them that they are as they said I wasn't:) I'm confused:)

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
The one thing they do not formally teach in High school is people skills.  That is possibly the most important skill we need.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
I agree w/ your statement of needing kindness and computers... we would be lost without technology, but we would all have nothing without people.
Posted by Laura Everett-Osiadacz (RE/MAX NW) almost 11 years ago
Funny enough, when I was 20, the mother of my brother's girlfriend said to me, after meeting me one time,  ... Allen you will be in a career that deals with large purchases.  I asked why and she said "You are easily trusted and genuinely seem to put the interest of other first."  She did not specifically say real estate, but that is where I am.
Posted by Allen C. Wright, NS, AHS, REPS (RealtyU) almost 11 years ago
It took me quite a while but I finally made it. Sure wish I had started sooner.
Posted by Al Maxwell, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams) almost 11 years ago
Lizette~ I also wish I had started this many years ago, but I think my background in Finance has come in handy.  I think tenacity/persistence and resilience are very important qualities in an agent.
Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

Ginger - That would be cool! I know it would have helped in my decision making.

Neal - Are you trying to confuse me too?

Randy - That would be a great class to take. Another might be social etiquette since most kids eat fast food these days. I remember my Mom taking me to "Charm School" where we were taught how to conduct ourselves at dinner. I remember that stuff to this day.

Laura - If the computer went away we all may get along better. Good point!

Allen - Isn't that funny? She was exactly right in pointing you the right direction. See...you never did forget what she said and you made it happen!

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago
Lizette~I also wish I had started many years ago .......sorry, forgot to sign in!
Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 11 years ago
Al - I sometimes think the same thing. I definately started later than I should have.
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago
Lisa - I think I would have been much better off if I had known about this career when I was young. I guess we are all where we are supposed to be at the time. Have a nice weekend!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

Lizette, computer came first for us. That was already in place before we started. Kindness for me grows as we go along. My brother always had it in spades. There is a lot of tension in this market, and only kindness is going to get us through it. Though the computer skills we have really helps us get the message out to the market.

best 

Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lizette-

What an awesome compliment.  I'm sure there are many great realtors in Lexington,  but to be the chosen one to speak before such impressionable minds what an honor,  congratulations. It's always nice to hear when one gives freely of themselves,  definitely speaks to your kindness.  

I Could not function without my computer.   I was thinking of the fruitages of the spirit and think all could be applied as necessities especially  mildness,  and more often self-control (LOL).

 

Posted by Sue Berger, Gladwin MI almost 11 years ago

Lizette, I stopped back to congratulate you on your Feature, it was well deserved!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

Gary - I think we would surely be lost withourt this computer! I know I'm addicted! Sounds like your brother's kindness rubbed off on you!

Sue - You are too sweet! Thank you!

Carole - WooHoo! I've made it to 5 features! Thanks!!!!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

Lizette,  I actually talked for years of becoming a Realtor however there was always something holding me back.  I finally decided that if I waited for the "perfect time" I would NEVER make the move.  So... I finally jumped in and have never looked back.  Wonderful post, thanks for sharing and congrats on the Feature!

All the Best, 

Posted by Therese VanderMeer, Realtor-Greater Grand Rapids, MI area communities (Midwest Properties of MI - Grand Rapids) almost 11 years ago

Hello Lizette. I wish I had studied to be a realtor in high school because I feel like this is the first time in my life I am doing what I was meant to.  Of course I had to go through struggles in life to prepare me for this career. I would have not been ready in high school. I did not have the determination or perserverance.

Kindness is part of my character anyway, so that it not hard for me. I do think you have to be very self-motivated in this business also.

Posted by Vickie Barrington, Carteret County Real Estate (Bluewater Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Therese - Good for you! It's hard to figure out if there is a perfect time for anything. Once you set the wheels in motion everything should just flow if it was meant to be. Good luck to you!!

Vickie- Wouldn't that have been easier if it had been a class? I did have a journalism class I took that I felt I was awful in. I didn't think I could write anything. Maybe it is just where we are at the time. All things come to us when we are ready for them.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

Hi Lizette:  Hmmm... Realtors and Vampires.  You know, there are some similarities.  Some days, quite a few... especially towards the end of the month when you are trying to get stubborn sales to close.

In college, I prepared to be a junior high school teacher.  I did that for nine years, and then began my real estate career.  Honestly and Truly... the two careers are extremely similar.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 11 years ago

Hello, Lizette. I am with you and Sally. I believe "to everything there is a season". I also believe that every single skill I have picked up along the way will at some time in my Real Estate Career--prove to be valuable. Actually, I would not trade-in the experiences I had in other lifetimes, even if a couple of more years in real estate would prove to be an advantage.

Over the years, across work in insurance, advertising, casinos and family restaurant business--I have had the most wonderful experiences with people. Icing on the cake--since entering real estate I have discovered a talent in photography I never knew I had. :-)

Posted by M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk), Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS (NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time) almost 11 years ago

Lizette,

I wish I could have known to become a Mortgage Professional many years in my youth. I have only been in the mortgage industry for 14 years and before that in the apparel business as a rep for 3 different companies. I love what I do and enjoyed your blog. I am also a person who  loves Kentucky and goes every year to the Derby for 33 years. WWHHHOOOOO!

Keith Hoffman
www.LoansAreFree.com

 

Posted by Keith Hoffman, 1st Advantage Mortgage - Residential Mortgage Specialist (1st Advantage Mortgage) almost 11 years ago

Karen, Yes, I too have seen a few Vampires in this business. Luckily I have a few spells to keep them at bay.

Suzi - You are right! All these jobs and careers we had previously really prepared us for what we do now. I used to love taking pics with my Minolta Magnum.I have a huge box of albums in my Mom's attic.  I finally sold it on eBay.  Now I work everyday with the digital and rarely print them. Kinda sad...

Keith - Thanks for reading my blog! The Derby Rocks! The last time I was over there at Churchill I watched the Rolling Stones.(Over a year ago) That was the first time there had ever been a concert there.

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago
Computers and Kindness are a very good place to star Lizette. Especially kindness toward buyers, sellers and other agents. I find the first two most people have mastered, the last, not so much.
Posted by Gaylen Thornton (Desert Heritage Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Gaylen - It's sad, but true. I hope people get back to learning about kindness.
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago
My husband kept telling me to "try it...you'd be good at that."  We also knew it would allow me to be "Mommy" first and continue to do all the fun stuff with the kids as well as getting back into the working world. 
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) almost 11 years ago
Over the years... I have always felt an emptiness that could only be filled by giving back.  It is funny... or maybe ironic is a better word... but the more you think about yourself... the more your "self" disappears.  The more you give back to others... the more you begin to really live.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 11 years ago

Susie! I don't know how you get it all done. It has to be hard to work our business and have kids and all their events to deal with. You are SuperWoman!

Karen - You are sooo right! I also enjoy helping others when I can! Have a great week!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

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