This is a Tough Business!

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Nobody knows your business like you do. Accountant, carpenter, mechanic or engineer, it’s pretty hard to explain how you spend your day to someone not of your “work world.” I get a lot of that too. 

I’m in real estate sales, and sales is a tough way to make a living. So is driving a truck, waiting tables, washing cars, and pulling the midnight shift working security—all jobs that I’ve worked in the past. 

Every job was the same.

Every job has hard workers and slackers, phony kiss-ups and trusted allies, mentors and mental cases. I’ve had several bosses who fired me and we’re good friends to this day. Others, not so much. 

The worst job has great days and the best job sometimes has gut-twisting, teeth-grinding, terrible days. And some jobs are pretty much 50-50, but you love it anyway… or need the insurance. 

There’s a small but loud human contingency who think real estate is “easy money” and that those in this field don’t work too hard. This same voice might tell a CPA, “all you do is input a bunch of numbers, the computer does all the work!” 

My business is just like any other—some can do it, some can’t. Some who do it are good, some not so good. Long-term success is nearly always attributed to hard work and solid business practices. There are no free rides and there is no easy money.

What I do now is a lot like when I was waiting tables. People are touchy when it comes to their food and their home. If you’re attentive, know the menu, treat everyone with respect and fairness, and don’t rush the entree, it’s usually reflected in the heft of the gratuity… unless when it’s not because the kitchen ran out of the special and the busboy dumped an appetizer and the customer got drunk…

Those food workers have it so easy.


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Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

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Chris Prickett
Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.
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Chris Prickett

Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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