And what exactly am I celebrating? I'm celebrating the fact that I have been a REALTOR® for one whole year! Woo Hoo and what an exciting year it's been. In one of the worst housing markets on record, I went to real estate school, got my license and hit the ground running - and never looked back.
In the past 363 days with Rox Real Estate, I have closed a total of 25 transactions. Not bad for a newbie! I'm rather proud of myself and my success so far. I haven't decided which real estate market niche to call mine - I've done residential sales, rentals, commercial leases.
Things I have learned along the way include in no particular order:
1. There are no stupid questions, only stupid people who don't ask questions.
2. Work in an office where the other agents are there to answer your stupid questions.
3. Work with a good broker!
4. Not all agents have followed the first three points. If you want to get the deal done, you have to do their jobs as well.
5. Just when you think the deal is moving along smoothly, something WILL go wrong!
6. Find a lender or two that share your goal of closing deals. Working with professionals is AWESOME!
7. Dot the "i" and cross the "t" in all your paperwork the first time. It keeps your broker off your back!
8. Do what you say you will, when you say you will. People remember that.
9. Be positive. Things work out the way they are destined, karma and all that. If your offer is not accepted - find another house! There are lots of them out there.
10. Don't be afraid to ask - you might get what you ask for.
During this past year, I've had the privilege of being part of the group working behind the scene in getting the agencies website optimized. I now know more about SEO, key words and paid vs organic search than I ever thought possible! It hasn't been easy, but the results are coming to fruition.
What advice would I give to another new agent? Don't be afraid to work! Work takes many forms - showing houses is just part of the equation. Blogging, facebook, attending social and chamber functions - it's all part of work. So is working weekends. Great example - I was at the office earlier today. The phone rang, so I answered it. The caller was surprised (and pleased) that someone was there and answered the phone. (Little did she know I was there cutting coupons before I went grocery shopping - but back to the story) We have emailed back and forth several times since then about a property! I just may have a deal out of answering the phone.
Am I bragging? Perhaps a bit. But the point to this post, make the best out of what you are given. I know the economy sucks. I know lenders have tightened lending rules. I know housing prices are lower than a decade ago. We can't change any of it. So why spend my time worrying about what I can't change. Do what I'm doing - CELEBRATE each success. Attitude is everything.
So as a dear young girl once said - B+