Q&A with Top Performing Real Estate Agent David Marsden

We recently sat down with one of Bean Group’s top performing agents, David Marsden, and asked him some questions about his experience working in the real estate business.

How long have you been in the real estate industry?:
16 years.

What did you do before becoming an agent?:
Restaurant management and adventure tour guide.

Why did you choose a career in real estate?:
I bought my first investment property in my late 20’s and I was fascinated by the process. If the bank was dumb enough to loan me money, I was naive enough to sign anything they put in front of me! I saw an opportunity and wanted to learn more.

What is your favorite thing about the industry?:
Every day is different and I enjoy finding creative solutions for complex problems.

What attracted you to Bean Group?:
Bringing a Bean Group office to Portland, Maine and BG’s clean branding.

What areas do you service, and how do you know the region?:
We work in Greater Portland, focusing on Portland proper, but sometimes travel as far north as Freeport and south as Wells. I’ve lived and worked in Portland for the last 30+ years!

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment (personal or professional)?:
My daughter, Olivia.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies and/or what do you do for fun?:
Playing in the outdoors – windsurfing, paddle boarding, skiing, and traveling.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen during your career in real estate?:
I see weird stuff every day – that’s what keeps this job fun!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in the business?:
Life/work balance.

What’s the latest strategy that you’ve added to your business?:
Professional coaching and trying to leverage outside resources.

How many hours a day do you work?:
I try to put my phone down after 8pm, but if my eyes are open, I could be working.

What’s a challenge that you’ve faced in real estate that you didn’t expect?:
Life balance – lots of people get into the industry expecting a flexible schedule. This job requires a significant time commitment to be successful.

Looking back, is there anything you could have done differently to attain success in real estate sooner?:
Understanding that you can’t do it all. Hiring talent, building a small team, and learning to trust the process.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out in real estate?:
Don’t do it – otherwise, we will have to CRUSH you!