3 Signs You're About to Burn Out as a Realtor

Real Estate Agent with North Texas Real Estate Team

The real estate industry is demanding. It requires a dedication of time, significant effort, substantial social interaction, and every other work-related stress you can dream up. Even if you love what you do, these stressors can quickly lead to burnout if you don’t set realistic expectations for yourself and manage your time properly.

To help you avoid the dreaded burnout, I’ve put together a list of warning signs and how you can combat them!


Warning: Your Daily Routine is Skewed

If you find that you are being reactive to everything that doesn’t contribute to turning a profit, you are likely headed toward burnout. For example, if you are responding to every social media notification and every email too early in the morning, your daily routine may be off-kilter!


Solution: Start Your Day Off Right

Instead of rolling out of bed and immediately putting your nose to the grindstone, try kicking off your day with something healthier. Try meditating or exercising to wake up your mind and body, getting them focused for the rest of the day!


Warning: You Never Have Enough Time

If you find yourself constantly saying things like “I don’t have the time,” you might be burning out. The overwhelming feeling of always falling behind schedule can be destructive for the longevity of your career.


Solution: Have the Right Expectations and Goals

Whether it’s being realistic with yourself and upfront with your clients, finding someone to keep you accountable and on track, or a combination of all these factors, having the proper expectations and goals can help you manage your time more effectively and reduce that dreadful feeling of always falling behind.


Warning: You Have Negative Influences

If you are surrounded by people who constantly discourage you or who simply reinforce your negative thoughts by constantly complaining about work, you are setting yourself up for burnout. In fact, the toxicity of such an environment could make you lose sight of why you chose your career in the first place.


Solution: Change Your Social Circle

Finding like-minded people who affirm your positive choices and encourage you along the way is vital to a long, successful career as a realtor. Whether it’s at work or outside of real estate entirely, being around people with similar passions is a sure-fire way to lift your spirits. You may even want to consider attending a Tony Robbins even to reconnect with the purpose you originally saw for yourself!


Burnout is a very real threat to most careers, and realtors are no exception. If you’re looking for the encouragement and support that comes from like-minded, passionate people, consider connecting with us—we’d love to connect with you!


Posted by

Ian Flannigan

North Texas Real Estate Team

15950 Dallas Parkway Ste:400

Dallas, TX 75248



Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Ian - signs of real estate burn out can be subtle to the practitioner but can be evident to a potential client.  Your list shows some effective game-changers but the attitude we have has a great impact and one where we have the power to change.  

Sep 19, 2019 06:28 AM
Ian Flannigan

Michael, I couldn't agree more. Thank you for the comment.

Sep 19, 2019 12:48 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

Retirement was my solution.

Sep 19, 2019 06:43 AM
Ian Flannigan

Roy, I'm sure you're finding plenty of ways to keep your mind and body busy. Enjoy you retirement!

Sep 19, 2019 12:50 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Ian Flannigan "exercising to wake up your mind and body"

Sep 19, 2019 06:47 AM
Ian Flannigan

Barbara, thank you for the response. We all have to find ways to keep us motivated and energized!

Sep 19, 2019 12:53 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

HI Ian Flannigan this is so so true. Burn out can sneak up on agents without them noticing. Really good warning signs.

Sep 19, 2019 04:36 PM
Ian Flannigan

Anna, thanks for the comment. 

Sep 22, 2019 07:38 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Burnout is not good.  Thanks for posting these tips for keeping on track.

Sep 25, 2019 07:00 PM
Ian Flannigan

Georgie, Thank you for the comment. I imagine living on the beautiful islands of Hawaii gives you plenty of mind and body relaxation!

Sep 26, 2019 07:16 AM