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Fun read for most but not an informative read for those interested in RE
on April 7, 2013
Okay, I enjoyed reading this book. Maybe you thought not since I only gave it 3 stars but it depends on WHY you want to read this book or what you think you're going to get out of it. I enjoyed it because it was mostly a memoir that was well-written, funny, anecdotal, and garnered a sense of empathy for the poor, hapless author navigating the wild woods of real estate in NJ and NY. Her professional experiences were interesting to read about along with her personal experiences. From this perspective, I thought her book was a 5 star review. Now, I read this thinking that I could glean a little knowledge about the 1st year "rookie" agent mistakes and discoveries from a memoir perspective, which seemed like a fun and novel idea.
Basically, here's my gripe and WHY I gave it 3 stars: the experiences she was having in NYC were very specific to highly urban areas and not so much residential developments unless you count her experiences in NJ. And even those in NJ were very different (again area-specific) but yet still held occasional gems of wisdom. But it is hard to learn anything from her experiences because of their non-transferrable nature. (I had thought that what she learned the hard way, I could avoid by reading her exploits but it seems that these were more just fun little demonstrations of her particular experience rather than being relatable in any way to myself.) Now, I could have learned not to undervalue myself and my abilities but I already know how to avoid that. I could have learned that people will attempt to take advantage of your wide-eyed enthusiasm but I think I already knew that one, too. And I definitely already knew you must have an amazing, wonderful, and supportive spouse/partner to help you through the RE entry process. But again, reiterating them was her way of saying, "no, I really didn't think this real estate thing through." Which I DID appreciate. Though there was no "flipping" -- okay, there was attempted flipping but then she gave up! -- at least there was a little bit of selling and maybe some (life) rebuilding but nothing I gained from the perspective of a real estate "rookie" in their first year. I guess I wanted too much...?