Last week HousingWire inaugurated a new series that is our salute to all of your out there in the housing industry, because without you neither we nor one-sixth of the economy would exist.

We started with Realtors but we plan to get to every other job in the industry – investing, finance, lending, compliance, servicing, building, selling, financial analysis and anything else you can name.

We gave you our best 12 “Ways you know you’re a … Realtor” lines, and you gave us great ones back. Here’s what you offered us.

  • You have taken a picture of a toilet!
  • You can work a 30 Hour Day in your PJs
  • Your Home Office will never look like a Pottery Barn Photo
  • You have stepped in Dog Poop inside the house.
  • You have cleaned out other people's toilets and other things…
  • You CAN keep a straight face…
  • You can smile while the vision of choking is paramount on your mind
  • You get that wonderful fuzzy feeling when you see Mommy, Daddy and children so excited…
  • You know self-defense with a notebook — and your keys are always on you
  • You feel like charging a fee for taxi service…(that is when they want to be picked up at home and then when done dropped off at the shopping mall.)
  • You are answering the phone when in the washroom as you do not want to miss a call.
  • Clients think that you are getting paid by the broker…. Not that you do the deal and it closes and then your broker pays your part.
  • They think that the gift you gave them at closing or any charitable event is paid for by the brokerage.
  • You just love the client that wants to pay min. of $70,000 below list price for all the reno’s he/she wants to do.
  • You cannot understand why other vendors of products will not negotiate like you have to…for yourself or your client.
  • You reach for a lockbox on your own house because you have a lockbox on your house.
  • You send out more junk mail than a grocery store.
  • You have a $50,000 vehicle with magnetic signs on it.
  • You've put your name tag on your pajamas before coffee.

And finally…

  • Your dog has appropriate business attire and name-tag ready to go on a minute’s notice.

Whatever you do in housing, send us your job’s quirks. Drop us an email at We’ll pick the best and include them. We can credit you or we can keep it anonymous, your choice.

And be sure to check Friday – it may be your job in the cross-hairs of our “Ways you know you’re a …”

3d rendering of a row of luxury townhouses along a street

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