David Cruz | Carter TX Realty
How long have you been in the industry and how did you first get started in real estate?
I've been in real estate for two years and four months, and I've always been interested in real estate since my younger years. I grew up in a family who knew everything about construction, so luckily I was always around it. I was that guy that watched HGTv and would tell others that I can do that. I wasn't happy with my corporate 9-to-5 job, so I dove in, took the classes and here I am today. The BEST decision ever.
What's the most interesting or most important thing you've learned in a real estate continuing education course?
In real estate, new rules and policies are being discussed and/or laws are always being updated. My mentality is to take at least one or two classes per quarter, to have the most up-to-date information in our field.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment during your time in real estate?
As cliche as it sounds, one of many accomplishments I always look forward to on a transaction is closing. I love to see my buyers signing with a huge smile from ear to ear, knowing they've purchased their dream house where memories will be made.
What is the trait you most admire in other real estate agents or brokers?
Honesty and integrity, as well as learning from every realtor/broker I meet. Knowledge is power.
What books, websites or courses do you recommend to those in the real estate industry and why? (Please write at least two sentences.)
I definitely recommend ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative), GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), and anything that will help you remember that knowledge is power. Right now I am reading How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I follow many websites and other successful realtors as well as listen to many podcast about real estate.
What advice do you have for new agents who are just starting out in the business?
If this is something you've always wanted to do, do not give up. It will take time to build your pipeline and grow your network, but in the end it does pay off. Grind everyday and always carry your cards with you, because you never know when you'll have to give one out.