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Chairman's Message (September/October 2011)
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Control freak

By Mike McGraw

from the September/October 2011 issue of Orlando REALTOR® magazine


About this time every year, I get called upon to discuss why I’m a REALTOR® and why I put so much into volunteering with my REALTOR® associations.

It always boils down to the same thing: I do both because they give me a daily opportunity to learn something new, to meet someone new, or to learn something new about someone I already know. Since we all know that being in real estate is challenging right now, let’s review some of the others reasons many of us got into it in the first place, courtesy of REALTOR ® blogger Suzanne Manziek:

Control Over Your Time

Becoming a REALTOR® separates you from the clock punchers of the world. You become an independent contractor. Your service is available when you want it to be and when it fits into your schedule. Of course clients are going to call you at times that are inconvenient, but that is when you decide what is more important to you.

Control Over Your Schedule

You do not have to be out the door at 8:00 in the morning if you do not want to be. If you need to attend to a personal commitment, you can. Most clients will try to work within your schedule limits if you explain that you have another commitment, and they do not have to know it’s personal. In times of urgency, however, it’s always good to have a colleague that you reciprocate favors with.

Control Over Your Income

It’s hard to believe sometimes, but the sky truly is the limit as long as you work at it consistently. The housing market will always have its ups and downs but this is part of the learning curve that you have to work at. The bottom line is that some people are always going to need to buy and sell houses regardless of the market.

Control Over Your Environment

There is nothing like getting outside to do your work, instead of being stuck in an office all day. The physical activity involved in being a REALTOR® — moving around the houses and yards, getting in and out of your car — is a benefit to your physical and mental health. Anyone who has a hard time sitting still for very long (like me) will recognize this!

Control Over Your Social Life

You can make some really close friends in this line of work, both out of fellow REALTORS® (light bulb alert! get to know them by becoming involved in ORRA!) and out of your clients. You can bond with someone by helping them with the highly personal life challenge of buying or selling a home. Often your responsibility is in a teaching capacity to help them become educated about the market, and you almost cannot help but become genuinely concerned that they make the right decisions. People can sense your sincerity and always appreciate it.

Being a REALTOR® has all the potential in the world be very rewarding. But, like all things, you have to make the effort to take advantage of the opportunities that are available.

Mike McGraw is ORRA’s 2011 chairman of the board and can be reached at

Citation: Manziek, S. (2009, June 26). Learn Five of the Major Benefits to Being a Realtor From Thirty Years of Experience. Retrieved August 25, 2011, from­Five-­of-­the-­Major-­Benefits-­to-­Being-­a-­Realtor-­From-­Thirty-­Years-­of-­Experience&id=2530767

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