I’m a new Realtor and let me tell you, Real Estate is hard. A lot of people don’t realize what really goes into being a Realtor, ESPECIALLY as a newbie. I’m going to give you a sneak peek into what I’ve learned so far in my journey as a new Realtor.
Say goodbye to your weekends. Real Estate is a 24/7, 7 days a week job. Yes, you have days off, but those days will fluctuate. Sometimes you may have clients who can only go see houses on Saturdays and Sundays. You are the one who is in charge of your schedule and you have to learn to manage your time off according to what the situation is. Don’t be fooled, time management is a whole lot harder than it sounds. Although, I love the fact that I can plan my own schedule, it is difficult sometimes and is a skill I will need to improve.
It will be months before you get that first check. As a Realtor you get paid by commission. No bi-weekly salary of “X” amount of money for showing up to the office from 9:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. You work your butt off for months with no immediate results. You don’t get paid until a property gets sold.
It is tough in the beginning. A lot of the phone calls you take, hoping that you’ll pick up a client, lead nowhere. (Not all, just most). You’re at the office all the time and it feels like there is nothing to show for it. I’ll be honest, sometimes I sit in my office chair feeling useless.
Do not fret for there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Although it is hard, it is rewarding in the long run. Let me repeat the key phrase to understand and remember, it is rewarding in the long run. Once you get some time, experience, and further training in this career it will all be worth it!
A Realtor just starting out doesn’t make much in their first year or two, but it’s a business. Just like any other small business just starting out, it is slow in the beginning. Patience is very important. Let me tell you, I’m not a naturally patient person. So this will be a good lesson for me to learn.
I’d have to say that the biggest lesson Real Estate is teaching me right now is that life is not about instant gratification. That has sort of become the American way, though, hasn’t it? I could elaborate, but that could turn into a whole new post for another week.
I can’t always get what I want when I want it. But with patience, I can work towards my dream goals and enjoy the journey along the way. Heck, I’m sitting at my office desk right now enjoying some writing time as I wait for a phone call!
Enjoying the journey towards completing your goals is very important. No matter what job you have! Real Estate is no exception.
As I mentioned in the beginning, Real Estate is hard. But I know that with the balance of hard work, patience (which will be a miracle from the Lord God Almighty!), and the right mindset, I can make it. And so can anybody else who decides to take a journey down this rewarding path.