Keeping My New Years Resolution

Keeping My New Years Resolution

Well, one of my New Year's resolutions was to start blogging and have a larger online presence.  Since today is National Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Day, what better day to start my blogging?  For those of you who don't know me, hi.  My name is Anthony Ruperto, I'm a new(er)agent to J Philip Real Estate.  I'm a cancer, I like long walks on the beach, pina coladas, getting caught in the rain -wait this isn't a dating site.  

I'm 21 years old, and just graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a BS in Theatre (I graduated a year early, if you're confused about my age). I've been an agent for about 5 months now, and so far things are going relatively well.  I'm learning the ins and outs of the business, what does and doesn't work, and I'm also gaining a huge amount of patience as I am working with mostly buyer clients.  Boy, some people really know how to push buttons.  Why did I decide to join real estate? Well, good question.  I was nearing the end of my college career and was not ready whatsoever to try and make a living using just my theatre degree; I rather enjoy living in a home and not in a box on the side of I-684.  Actually, -side note- I was planning on going to graduate school for acting.  I was even accepted to a program in England, however, college is expensive and I didn't want to spend money where it didn't need to be spent -end side note-.  I spent months researching jobs, wondering what would really fit me, something that would make me money, something that I could excel in, and most important, something I would enjoy.  After lots of analyzing, filtering, crying, binge eating, and all-nighters (hey, it's college), I decided to go with real estate.  Even better, when I told my father about it, he approved of it, which is absolutely unheard of from my father.  

Everyone tells me that the starting point of real estate is always difficult, and...well...they aren't wrong.  Now, I'm not floundering around like a fish out of water or anything, but I'm definitely not making millions.   After 2 weeks of being in the business I received my first AO, which my oh-so-naive self immediately considered to be a sold house and a commission check.  Heh...was I wrong.  To be fair, the house did sell, but it was not nearly the easy ride I thought it was going to be. "So, we'll just get an inspection done, go into contract, have the appraisal, and then closing, right?  All in 30 days! Simple."  Wrong.  It seemed that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  I called either the listing agent or my boss every single day with a new problem that I didn't know how to solve.  And that's another thing. For some reason, I had this idea instilled in me that all real estate agents were these greasy, pinky-ringed, gold-chained, leather-jacketed, intimidating people.  Maybe it was due to me watching Million Dollar Listing every night, but I was wrong about that too.  Most of you guys are actually some of the nicest people I've ever met.  I will never forget the first house that I sold because even though everything seemed to go wrong, I was surrounded by people that were willing to go out of their way to help me. The listing agent was such a knowledgeable, sweet, and helpful woman and truly went that extra mile.  My boss, Phil Faranda, that poor guy.  I called him about 10 times in a 2 hour period once, and every time he picked up and helped me find the answer that I was looking for.  I owe a lot to him. That house in Monroe and my clients inside of it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Even though I've only been in the business for a few months, I've learned a tremendous amount of information and have met countless wonderful people.  It's crazy how much of a difference 5 months in the business can be, but I'm thankful for everything I now know and everything I will learn in the future.  That's all for now, I would love to write more, but I need to save some of my ramblings for other posts. I hope you've enjoyed reading a little bit about me, and I look forward to writing more!

I joined real estate at an interesting point in my life.  I'm 21 years old, fresh out of college, trying to discover who I am in this huge world, and eager to make a name for myself.  I have literally no idea where life is going to take me, but I look forward to making the best of it and selling some homes on the way.  

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Phone: 914-804-3048
Dated: January 12th 2015
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About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...

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