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Most people think that in order to become a great Realtor we need to be good at showing and selling property," we tell ourselves. "What more is there?”
In reality, it turns out there's quite a bit beyond that.
If you’re interested in obtaining your real estate license and become a full-fledged Realtor, it’s probably useful to learn a little bit more about what someone in that role actually does daily.
Once you finish our real estate license school and head out into the real world, you'll find that the daily responsibilities of a real estate agent are actually a lot more involved than you might think. Not in a bad way — but in a way that you should be familiar with before you begin those early days of your career.
The Life of a Real Estate Agent: Breaking Things Down
One of the most important daily responsibilities of any real estate agent actually has little to do with "selling houses" at all. Broadly, you need to be excellent at providing customer service to a wide range of people in a myriad of different situations.
Be The Calm in the Storm
Think about it like this: Buying a home is one of the most important moments in a person's life, particularly if it's the first time they're doing it. So it's an inherently stressful experience and one where people will be looking for an expert to guide them. The best real estate agents understand that they are the calming force in any transaction. You need to be able to provide people with the information they need to make the best decisions possible and you need to do so in a way that simultaneously instills confidence.
It's a lesson you'll begin to learn in our real estate license school but that you'll have to perfect over time on the job.
Understanding Contracts and Paperwork
Another major daily activity of a busy Realtor involves drafting and preparing things like offers and other types of paperwork. This requires a deep understanding of not only the laws and regulations in your particular market, but also the needs and requirements of the people you're actually working with. Remember that as an agent, you are someone else's advocate — they're trusting you to bring a level of experience to the deal that they themselves do not possess. To get to that point, you need to not only be aware of HOW to handle the paperwork that comes with buying and selling real estate, but organized enough to do so in the right way.
That customer service element also intersects with the marketing side of the business — only instead of selling a property, you're really selling your most valuable asset of all: yourself and your abilities.
Similarly, the busy real estate agents spend a majority of their day getting, obtaining and servicing listings in their marketplace. Most of the time, this is done by pouring over the Multiple Listing Service database, otherwise known as the MLS. Most MLS databases are logical but sometimes they are not so intuitive. Only through practice running a variety of different searches can proficiency be obtained.
For example, how do you search for a single-story home, with a spa but no pool in a specific school district below $750 per square foot? This search will take the expert Realtor 1-2 minutes, whereas for a rookie this same search might take 10-15 minutes. Like most things - practice makes perfect.
If someone says to you, "I like this house we're looking at, but it would be better if it had X, Y and Z qualities," you should immediately be thinking of other properties you can show them. You can't do that without putting in the time to research what those listings actually are. Working with the MLS is a crucial part of the daily life of a real estate agent.
Don’t forget to prospect
Most importantly, a real estate agent spends an incredible amount of time collecting leads from other sources, too — either via word of mouth from past satisfied customers or from referrals in the industry. Hitting the phones or door knocking can also be a great way to get a hot tip on a property before it actually gets on the market- especially if it's one that you know would be perfect for one particular client.
That aspect alone can quickly become an omnipresent part of the job — something that you should have at the very least in the back of your mind all day, every day. It's part and parcel for what a real estate agent actually does and, in truth, that rush of getting the jump on your competitors is a large part of why people love the profession in the first place.
Get Comfortable Being Out and About
Of course, a lot of your days will also be spent showing properties which is the aspect of the job that anyone who has ever purchased a home is most familiar with. But again, it's just one small part of a much larger story. Getting your start in real estate comes with the understanding that it's more of a far-reaching profession than most expect.
The great real estate agent is part therapist, part negotiator and available to answer any questions that their clients may have.
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