Considering a career in real estate? Then you've come to the right place! Real estate careers are rewarding, with strong earning potential and the opportunity to build your own professional brand long-term. But how do you find the right brokerage, and what steps are necessary for a successful start to your career in real estate? Our REALTORS® are here to help, with nine key tips for new real estate agents.
Research Real Estate Businesses in Your Area – Start your search online by looking up all of the real estate businesses in your area, and getting a feel for what each one has to offer. Look at how many agents are working there, whether they're hiring, and whether they specialize in specific types of homes.
Consider Real Estate Options from a Consumer Perspective – It's also wise to take a look at potential fits from a consumer perspective, to get an idea of what a brokerage is like. Look up reviews and testimonials to see what consumers have to say.
Talk to Real Estate Agents – If you're looking to learn more about real estate careers, there are few better sources than an experienced real estate agent. If possible, talk to agents in your area to learn more about real estate careers in general, as well as specific local real estate businesses.
Choose a Brokerage with Solid Training – Every new agent needs training to become successful in real estate, so look for a real estate business that is enthusiastic about helping new agents succeed with comprehensive training programs.
Build Your Savings – It may take some time to find your place and sell your first home, so it's a good idea to plan ahead by building up some savings before you start your real estate career. In addition to covering general financial needs, your savings can help cover the marketing that you need to build your brand.
Be Ready to Work – There's no doubt about the fact that establishing yourself in the world of real estate takes work. Be prepared to invest in yourself by working hard, learning from experienced agents, and going the extra mile to serve your first clients. The elbow grease you invest at the start will be key to setting you up for a successful, long-term career.
Embrace Technology – Sales and marketing technology can make your life much easier as a new agent, but you have to be willing to use it. Invest time in learning how to maximize the potential of the technological tools that you have available.
Online Marketing Is Key – When it comes to technology that will help you sell homes, few tools can match the power of online marketing. Make the most of your brokerage's (or your own) real estate website, build relationships with clients through social media, and use online listings to showcase homes to a wider audience.
Enjoy the Ride – While there is a learning curve, there is also a ton to enjoy as you start your career. The excitement of learning the business, connecting with other agents, and selling your first home is hard to match, so don't be afraid to enjoy the ride.
Are you ready to take the next steps toward a career in real estate, with a team that can help you learn, grow, and succeed? We'd love to help. Contact First Choice REALTORS® to learn more about starting your own career in real estate with us.