Published by Kartik Subramaniam
Maybe you thought this day would never come! But it’s clear that your hard work and dedication have paid off and you’ve earned your first real estate commission!
You already passed the real estate license exam, chosen an office to work for and now have your first commission in your hand!
Now the big question is - what to do with all that money?!
First piece of advice - please don’t go out and blow all of it at a casino in Vegas. Remember that the real estate sales business is a marathon and not a sprint. I know too many Realtors who got off to a great start but because of improper money management were unable to stay in the business.
I wanted to write this article because even if you are just considering getting your real estate license or researching how to pass the real estate exam at some point you’re probably going to think about all the money you can make in real estate and what you might do with it all!
Here are some options below:
Payoff any credit card or other high-interest debt you have.
Paying off a credit card can be a good idea for several reasons, including avoiding high interest charges: Credit cards typically charge high interest rates, which can add up quickly if you carry a balance. By paying off your credit card, you can avoid paying interest charges and save money over time.
Also, don’t forget that paying off credit card debt can improve your credit score. A good portion of your credit score is based on something known as your “credit utilization”. The more available credit you have the higher your credit score generally becomes.
Another intangible benefit to carrying less debt is your financial will be reduced. I think we all know that carrying debt can be stressful - especially credit card debt. In the process of paying off your credit cards you’ll reduce financial stress and improve your overall financial well-being.
Invest in additional education or real estate coaching.
Real estate coaching (be careful there’s a lot of scammers out there) is supposed to help develop new skills and refine existing ones. Critical know-how like sales, marketing, and negotiation learned through coaching can help agents become more effective in their roles and better serve their clients.
Another big benefit to a real estate coach is a heightened sense of accountability. A good real estate coach will help agents stay accountable for their actions and progress, which can be particularly helpful for those who aren’t on a team and work independently. Coaches can provide feedback, support, and guidance to help agents stay on track and achieve their goals.
Finally, real estate coaches can help with goal setting. A good coach will help agents set clear and achievable goals, as well as create action plans (and accountability as mentioned above) to reach those goals. This can help agents stay focused and motivated toward their progress.
A word of caution about real estate coaching, however. Be aware of long-term coaching contracts that are difficult or impossible to get out of.
Just good old-fashioned save it!
In an industry like real estate sales which can be up and down nothing beats having a large cash bankroll.
Saving money is a good idea for several reasons, including building an emergency fund. An emergency fund is important to cover unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or car repairs and can help you weather a storm in our business if you run up against a dry spell. Having cash reserves can help you avoid going into debt or relying on credit cards to cover these expenses.
Also, if you’ve taken one of my live lectures, you know that the real money in our business is not made through sales commissions but in the acquisition of real estate. Saving money can help you take advantage of investment opportunities when they arise like a great deal on a flip or other real estate you can acquire below market. Investing is a whole lot easier when you have the cash ready to deploy whenever opportunity strikes.
Invest in the stock market
If you are going to invest in the stock market it’s important to remember that stocks have risk and can (and do) go down on occasion. Don’t forget that when the economy enters a recession or experiences slow growth, companies may struggle to generate profits and investors may become pessimistic about the future, leading to a decline in stock prices.
Remember that in the 2008 financial crisis the stock market experienced a sharp decline as a result of the housing market collapse and a series of bank failures - Both the stock market and the real estate market really took it on the chin during these times.
More recently, in early 2020, the stock market experienced a significant decline as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy.
The market rebounded after both of these crises but lots of investors experienced heartburn during these years.
With that being said, the stock market has historically provided long-term growth potential, with an average annual return of around 10% over the past century in a highly liquid investment - meaning that it is relatively easy to buy and sell stocks quickly and efficiently and convert the asset into cash.
Invest in real estate
It would not be right to omit the mention of investing in real estate if you are a real estate agent. Real estate is a sure path to wealth creation and can provide a number of potential benefits, including long-term appreciation, rental income, diversification, tax benefits, and a hedge against inflation.
What lots of real estate investors like about this asset class is that real estate investments provide a tangible asset that can be leveraged for financing, used for collateral, or sold if needed. Real estate investors like the fact that real estate can be felt, experienced and touched. Not to mention the tax benefits, such as depreciation deductions and the ability to defer capital gains taxes through a 1031 exchange.
Whatever you decide to do with your first real estate commission just remember to be responsible. In the real estate industry agents have to work for every deal - and the next one isn’t promised.
With that said - if you feel that you need to blow your first check in Vegas - be my guest but don’t say I didn’t warn you. :)
If you still need to take real estate classes visit us at ADHI Schools or call 888 768 5285.
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