Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
What's a day like when you are a Realtor?
What should you expect from your Realtor? You should know...and you should ask questions and do your research to determine if you are hiring a good one.
I get asked all the time about this career and what it is like, and I LOVE this career, but it's not what HGTV makes it look like, believe me.
This career is hard, and it is not for everyone. It's a lot of long days, I work twelve hour days sometimes especially in the busy season fulfilling my client's needs and ensuring I am still working on my branding and business behind the scenes.
As a realtor it is important to know this....(and they don't teach you this in the class...) Your brand is YOU. Clients will hire you to do the job because of who YOU are. So, who will you be? What do you want to represent? What sets YOU apart from the rest?
Since becoming a Realtor, I have realized a few things:
- The price of entry is LOW. Almost anyone can become a "Realtor"
- People operate with NO or LOW ethics...which is why there has to be a "Code of Ethics"
- People generally stink with communication.
- People will take advantage of situations.
- People HATE Realtors. Which after working with many, I understand.
When I took the 90 hour clock course to become a Realtor, and then took the test, I didn't have any sort of "pre-disposed" idea of what Realtors were like. But then I started interacting with some of them....WOAH!
In my background in business, it was necessary that you had strong, if not perfect communication skills. Both written as well as spoken. It was imperative you knew your audience, that you were aware of how you "came accross" and that you were able to interact professionally. Not so in this industry all the time....EEEK.
Since becoming a Realtor I have encountered "professionals" not returning calls, not properly filling out paperwork....LEGAL paperwork and documents to purchase or sell a HOME....someones largest asset, not responding within timelines, trying to undercut the other agent to get more money....EW! and many other poor interactions in a "Profession" that I never imagined would happen.
So, for me, I knew right away that just by staying ahead of the ball and communicating well that I could level up when ranked against other agents in my industry.
There are ALOT of juggling balls in the air throughout a real estate transaction and client's are at risk in many ways if the agent is not on top of things and not aware of potential mis-steps that can happen and not educated on how that can impact someones life negatively.
One of the biggest complaints I have heard from client's about realtors is that they don't let them know what is happening. What's going on. What the next steps are. IN ONE OF LIFE'S BIGGEST TRANSACTIONS. Just let that sink in.
So, for me, it's all about keeping my clients informed. I always make sure to be ahead of the ball in communicating next steps. Remaining available and in communication from beginning to end even if there is no real update...a single phone call just to let your client know everything is moving along great goes a long way in providing peace of mind for a seller or buyer in a real estate transaction.
Any given day can look like this for a Realtor, and remember, a great agent is working with 12-15 or more clients at any given time. So, we are busy...in a GREAT way! :)
- Last minute showings for Buyers can pop up any time.
- Inspections scheduled for buyers.
- Appraisals scheduled for sellers.
- Listing photos scheduled and listing paperwork going live!
- Listing walk through appointments for sellers.
- Open Houses and networking/promoting!
- Paper work for pending transactions.
- Counseling client's through emotions, and negotiations.
And more....BUT it's so important to stay connected to your client's and ensure that they know you are there for them. EVERY. STEP. OF. THE. WAY. Being their advocate and staying one step ahead of any potential road blocks throughout one of life's biggest transactions.
This is what it is like to be a GOOD Realtor. Which I strive to be and level up my game all the time for my client's. Who most likely become my close friends.
So, the next time you find yourself needing to hire a Realtor...I hope this article pops into mind, and helps you to ask a few more questions before you hire "THE ONE" who will be your "Person" throughout one of life's biggest moments.
It's a big deal making the decision to either purchase or sell a home. You should have the best person along side you as your advocate.
Sara Koenig | Broker