There are many reasons why people become real estate agents. However, everyone has their own specific reason for going into the real estate business. Perhaps someone in your family was a real estate agent. Maybe you just wanted to make lots of money, and you felt that selling homes would lead you to this. Or you might believe in the common good that helping someone find a home to call their own does. Whatever the reason, it is yours, and I would like to share with you my specific reasons for becoming a real estate agent.
How Real Estate Started for Me
For me . . . I was an aspiring singer. I thought that Real Estate would be easy! No boss. Make my own hours. What a piece of cake! I couldn’t be more wrong. I got into Real Estate thinking it would be rewarding but easier to go after my real dream—singing.
I had been working as a Junior Title Representative and learned all about the chain of title. I was working closely with our Realtor clients, and I loved many of the agents we helped. So I thought, “Why not get my license and do Real Estate myself?” Well, I learned really quick it is a hard business, and you get out only what you put in. You need to farm, cultivate buyers, build your SOI groups, etc. All the free time I thought I would have to pursue a dream in music . . . not so much after all. I soon realized that closing deals in real estate takes even more time, hours, and dedication than singing.
Real Estate Licensing
As for getting my license, I wasn’t much into class settings, so I chose to do my testing online at Allied Business Schools. Once that was complete, I took a crash course for the real estate state test. This was the weekend before I had to take the test, and yes, I passed it!
Selling My First Home
I closed my first deal in my first three months as an agent. It was a listing that I received as a referral. Then, around my sixth month, I had three deals done! For one of the deals I was a dual agent, and I learned a lot through that entire process.
After selling my first few homes, I continued to gain momentum, and learn more about the real estate world in general. The one thing I think is so important being a Realtor is having a love for people in general and being a part of their story. Home ownership is still the American Dream. I think the process has gotten so hard; the magic has left for many agents. It is so special to be a part of someone’s first home buying experience . . . or to really showcase a listing to make a seller happy. With being on our cell phones constantly, and even when working internet prospects, we tend to forget there is a heartbeat behind those little pieces of paper. They all need to be helped, guided, and cheered for as they buy or sell their homes.
Why Did You Become a Real Estate Agent?
I ask because I am genuinely curious! I talk to Realtors daily, and many of the agents who have less than five years experience tell me what inspired them to get a license and sell homes. Many of the longer term agents do not seem to recall what inspired them.
One thing that is a constant theme in my conversations is that you agents just don’t find real estate as fun as it used to be. There are so many more loop holes, legalities, and sue-happy people these days that the career just isn’t what it used to be . . . add in how hard it is to get loans funded these days if credit is less-than stellar, and no wonder so many agents are unhappy!
This past March, I just sold a home for the first time in many years, and the process and paperwork have definitely changed. I really enjoy working with real estate agents at HouseHunt, Inc. I work with agents who need help with the internet lead process HouseHunt provides to them. Many agents have grown incredibly wealthy because of the leads from HouseHunt, but more importantly, I am able to teach agents how to build a steady, predictable flow of income in an ever-changing real estate market.
So why did you become a real estate agent? What is your favorite thing about being a Realtor? What is your favorite client story?