Eight out of 10 people would probably say they don't like their real estate agent. I'm among the eight and would never have imagined myself being a real estate agent. Today, however, I'm a real estate agent in Manhattan, partly driven by observing opportunities from the points I'll outline here.
During my last three years in banking, I was investing in property on the side. I visited numerous cities and viewed thousands of properties. It was during this time that I interacted with a lot of real estate agents in New York and other states.
The top 5% of real estate agents in Manhattan are very good. They deserve a lot of credit for such things as understanding their product and market and managing client relationships. I learned from them. But the majority of real estate agents were ... an experience. If you're a real estate agent reading this, you know I'm not talking about you.