When I first graduated from high school, I took a job in DC with a government agency because I thought it would be exciting. After a while, though, boredom set in, I left the agency and found myself working with attorneys, which is where I stayed for over 15 years. Working as an administrative assistant and then as a paralegal was a challenge at first, but over the years it became pretty boring, and being relegated to an office all day just wasn’t fun.
What I discovered when I got my real estate license in 1983 was that every day was different. No two days held the same challenges or even the same people to work with. Practicing real estate never gets boring, and if it does, it may be that you aren’t stepping out far enough.
There is no 9 to 5, Monday through Friday work week in real estate. Some days you actually wish you were busy and then other days you wish you had more hours in the day. Practicing real estate can be exciting, emotional, challenging and even dubious at times, but practicing real estate never gets boring.
There is always a lull in one’s business, and I learned quickly that when things weren’t happening and there was that lull, it was a great time for me to re-evaluate the way I did business and to get a course under my belt that I either needed or wanted to do. Real estate education has always been intriguing to me. I love learning new facets of the practice. I remember the first time I ever took an investment class. It was the first required class toward a CCIM designation. Having only a few years in the business, that CCIM class was one of the most challenging classes I have ever taken. For years after that, I taped a paper on the bottom of my calculator with the formula to calculate net operating income. Now, it’s one of my most favorites parts of teaching the pre license class. That CCIM course made me a better agent.
For any of you who want to learn more about the practice of real estate than the state mandated classes, I strongly suggest you work toward a designation. NAR offers GRI, CRS, CRB, ABR, SRES and a coveted CIPS designation that will only lead to your making more money. These are just some of the designations a REALTOR® can earn. TEAM Hughes Real Estate School does not teach designation courses, but we certainly recommend them for improving yourself.
Practicing real estate never gets boring, but will sometimes slow down. When that happens, invest in your future. Take a real estate class and hone your skills. TEAM Hughes Real Estate School offers a broker class at least once a year, and that is a great step toward validating your knowledge and education. Come join us in the Spring. If you’re interested, just give me a call.