The “How Does a Realtor Work?” Edition

Do you ever really use what you learn in real-estate school?

Vanessa Pollock.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy Vanessa Pollock.

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In the final episode for this season of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson talks with Vanessa Pollock, a realtor for Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in northern New Jersey. Pollock discusses the drawbacks and benefits of real-estate school, her friendly competitiveness with other agents in the area, and how she endeavors to get top dollar on the sale of her clients’ homes. Also, she talks about the upfront costs of running her business and how she’s able to give back to the community through her organization, Closing for a Cause.

In a Slate Plus extra, Pollock reflects on how her life as a dancer has helped her in real estate and how she manages a work/life balance. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at

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