Top Tips for New Real Estate Agents
d-key-300×198.jpg” alt=”" width=”300″ height=”198″ />Whatever your reasons for entering into the real estate arena, you need to know that it’s an exciting time ahead with a great deal of ‘on the job’ learning. As much as there will be things that you do not know if you are a complete novice, there are things that you can do to form the basic foundations prior to starting. If you have contacts within the industry, it is worth sounding them out to establish any areas that you should start learning initially.
If you are joining a large office, then it is important that you take time to meet all the other agents and to get to know them as quickly as possible. Show them that you are keen to learn the ropes and that you don’t mind what jobs you start off with. It’s a good idea to find out what the experienced agents are up to and to try and set a realistic standard so that you have something to work towards. Try to absorb as much market information as you can and ask as many questions as you deem necessary, do remember however that it’s just as important to listen.
Getting your prospect list started might not always be easy but do remember that you have your circle of close friends and family and then an outer circle of old school friends, any previous work colleagues or those who you have met through various hobbies. This forms a great starting point for you and because these people know you, you will already have a little bit of influence over them. Remember that you always need to keep growing this base group and this means, in real terms, networking and having more contacts. This action will really help you to have repeat business and of course to obtain referrals.
You might think initially that you don’t have that many contacts but you would be surprised. It’s a good idea to write a list of all those that you know, starting with your closest friends and family and working outwards. Don’t just think in terms of friends however; think of people you know generally. They may be in need of your services at one point. If your brain goes blank at the thought, and you have a face book account, you can start there.
Expenses are always difficult in the early stages of your career but don’t forget that you have to cover more than just your day to day costs, but also take your personal living expenses too. It’s a good idea to do this before you start accruing costs because then
you also have targets to work towards. It’s hard to plan
ahead if you are new into the business but you need to also think about any seasonal costs, are you likely to be selling more in the summer for example than the winter? Or if in your area you feel that your sales are likely to be steady throughout the year, and then you can budget accordingly.
Sharpen up your sales technique too and this means face to face contact as well as telephone sales. The most important part of telephone sales is being genuine and committed to establishing any client’s potential needs. Forget all that you might have heard about previously when it comes to sales, just be yourself and allow your enthusiasm for the role to come across to your clients. If you act in a fake way, this will be easily translated across to your clients and they will not wish to buy or sell a property through your. Just remember that you are the representative for your company and if you do not do a good job, it reflects badly on your colleagues and the overall business.
Approach real estate with common sense and enthusiasm, it can be a challenge but highly rewarding role and you can carve out an excellent career for yourself if you take the time and care to learn.