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Old 02-22-2007, 05:27 AM
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Default Is it Easier to Break into Big or Small Town?

I am a new agent and have been selling real estate in Philadelphia for about a year now. My girlfriend and I have decided we would like to leave Philadelphia and head out west before I become too established here. I would be greatly appreciative if anyone could provide any advice on the following.

1. Moving to a city or town? We are considering the LA area, we really like Hermosa Beach. Im not sure if it would be easier to break into the market though if I was working in a smaller town such as San Luis Obisbo or Santa Barbara. How small is too small? I don't want to make it impossible for myself.

2. If anyone has any other advise on great locations I should check out or advice on getting started in a new market please let me know. I know that Im going to be up for a challenge anywhere I go but Im in it for the long hall and willing to stick it out.

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Old 02-24-2007, 04:35 PM
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I would think a highly competitive market like LA or the Bay Area would be very difficult to get into. At least, I would not try it myself. However, the flip side of that is that you can make a lot of money on a very few deals due to the prices of homes out there.
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:20 PM
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oh I am sure that LA will be hard to break into (hermosa is a nice area but you may want SLO maybe a little easier to break into) and SLO or Santa Barbra are not small towns. Have you had a chance to talk to any one who is practicing in the Hermosa beach area. that may give you a more realistic look at the market in that area.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:17 AM
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Like the others have said, I would think it would be really difficult to start in an area like LA without much experience in the area and without first building a reputation for yourself.

I don't know much about the Cali area, as I'm not from there, but if I had to choose starting in a smaller area vs. a larger one, I would start small and work my way out and into some of the larger populated/higher price range areas.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:59 AM
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Personally I would choose to get started in a smaller locality; there is not as much competition for business and not as cutthroat of a market.

Of course, you may have limited resources such as contractors or landlord associations, but I think overall it's an advantage.
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