It can be hard for anyone to completely ‘switch off’ when going on vacation, but realtors have it even harder! It is completely natural for a real estate agent to start assessing every AirBnB, hotel, and resort property from a professional viewpoint, ballparking square footage and doing a quick calculation on utility costs. By the end of what is supposed to be a relaxing day by the pool, you have a full listing mocked up in your head, ready to sell the property!
Does that sound familiar? Has your spouse or group of friends rolled their eyes when you start listing the amenities of your chosen hotel? Well, you’re not alone! That is all part of a common experience for realtors when they go on vacation.
However, being a realtor has many perks, including having a keen eye for detail, the ability to make (and benefit from) connections, and a deep knowledge of what makes for a good hotel. Sure, you want to be able to completely unwind and ‘switch off’ – but why not put some of your skills and talents to good use when planning your vacation?
It all starts with the search
As a realtor, you know a good hotel when you see one in person, but searching for the perfect property online can be a bit trickier. However, you can see right through a flowery description, and you know what words like, ‘cozy’ and ‘quaint’ can really mean (i.e. ‘small’ and ‘rundown’). Use your network of fellow realtors to get suggestions and firsthand recommendations for a good hotel or resort in your chosen destination.
You won’t be tricked by flashy photos
Let’s face it – you know the tricks of the trade. You know how to take (or commission) photos that make a property look far bigger, brighter, and more luxurious than it actually is in person. As a result, you can tell with just one glance when a hotel or AirBnb property is using sneaky photography tricks to make their property look better than it really is.
When in doubt, look at the photos uploaded by customers on sites such as Yelp and Tripadvisor – these tend to be a lot more honest and accurate.
You know to take consumer reviews with a grain of salt
Speaking of those consumer review sites, you know that Tripadvisor, TrustPilot, and Yelp must always be taken with a grain (or a handful) of salt. While ‘the customer is always right,’ they don’t always know the actual details behind what makes a property really shine and stand out. Their reviews are at times very helpful, but can also be woefully uneducated.
Sadly, some properties also buy fake reviews – you know how to spot the outliers and get an accurate assessment of the property in question.
You know the power of true relaxation
When all is said and done, you know that you need to relax and unwind. Being a realtor can be an exhausting job, with long hours, stressful targets, and constant client care. When you head off on vacation, it can be easy to ‘stay on the clock’ and constantly check emails.
However, you will have a much better experience if you allow yourself the luxury of true relaxation. Unplug from the real world, treat yourself to a spa day, and let all of those stresses just melt away. You’ve earned it.
You have connections in the travel world
As a realtor, one of the biggest perks has got to be all of the connections that you make in the food, beverage, spa, and travel industries. Even if you are not in commercial realty and tend only to sell houses, you have clients who are involved in these industries, and they are often happy to say ‘thank you’ with some free goods or a discounted rate.
You’re not afraid to leverage your brand
You really know the value of a good rate and a healthy discount. You’re not afraid to get in touch with your chosen property, mention your name and company, and explain the ways in which you can help them if they help you. Maybe you can feature the hotel on your social media profiles, or promise to send new clients their way – as a realtor, you have a lot to offer.
Enjoy your vacation!
Finally, the best thing that you can do for your mind, body, and soul (and your sales when you return) is to let go and enjoy your vacation. Bon Voyage!