As the recovery of the international housing market begins to speed up, interest in real estate careers is once again growing. It isn’t just new agents starting out in their first jobs, either, with several brokers who dropped out during the crisis now returning to the industry. At E&V, we take this as further proof of something we’ve known for a while – for the right kind of person, a career in real estate can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. Of course there are challenges and frustrations like in any profession, but today, we’re celebrating the very best things about being a real estate agent.
As an agent, you’re your own boss. Although this comes with certain responsibilities, it also means you have a freedom not usually granted when working for someone else – and to someone else’s schedule. Free from the confines of a typical nine-to-five working day, you can develop your own strategy for growing your business and balance it with family commitments where necessary. Crucially, you’ll always be the one to reap the rewards for going that extra mile. Knowing that delivering the best possible customer service can significantly increase your earnings isn’t just a great incentive to be the best you can be, it will also result in a higher level of satisfaction after you close that big sale.
On a similar note, if you’ve done your job right and matched up the right home with the right person, you’ll get to share in the joy of someone who’s just found the property of their dreams, or maybe even made their first step onto the property ladder. Moments like these can be extremely meaningful, and it’s something you’re likely to appreciate more and more as you continue in your career.
Once you’ve established yourself, you can expand your business as much as you like. Finding a trusted fellow agent in your office to work with will enable you both to enjoy a holiday in the knowledge that your clients are being well looked after by someone with the same high standards as yourself. Alternatively, you could consider hiring an assistant, or several. Not only will this broaden your potential client base and alleviate day to day administration, you’ll also get to pass on your passion to someone else and watch them develop as an agent in their own right.
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it is always an important consideration in any career. When starting out, it’s important to be realistic about your income to prevent disappointment, as it will take time before you see your first pay cheque. However, with hard work, excellent customer relations and continuous efforts to hone your skills, the initial investment will pay off, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a comfortable lifestyle for many years afterwards.
At Engel & Völkers, we believe our global success is due to the passion and skill of our agents, so we offer an intensive training programme and excellent support for all of our partners, based in established offices around the world. If you think you have what it takes to build a successful real estate career, visit our website for more information about the possibilities.