In my short four month career as a REALTOR®, I’ve become more and more familiar with the processes and activities of this job. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I don’t understand things, but when that happens, I ask questions – plenty of questions.
Not just how and when, but why. I don’t mean to come off as the rebellious new kid on the block who challenges authority and changes tradition. But this platform provides me with an opportunity to ask questions that others may be pondering and well, I’ll gladly be the lone guy who raises his hand on behalf of the class. With that said, us newbies need some guidance on the current state of things as well as the last half of this year.
Timing and its Effects on Expectations
I came in this business during a down market. I have no idea what it was like for a license to be an automatic lead generation tool or how it feels to see progression in an upscale neighborhood where empty lots are like constant reminders that we’re still not there. Sounds like bad timing right? Well, it depends on which way you spin the story. I see it as a blessing that I got into real estate during one of its toughest seasons. To me, it’s not tough, it’s normal. It’s the only market I’ve ever known as a real estate agent so when it does recover – when it becomes average – hopefully I’ll feel like it’s booming!
As professionals who have lived the ups and downs of this industry, has the market as of late really had much of an impact on your earnings? I’ve heard the horror stories, yet I’ve seen the perseverance and it seems to pay better. Has your business just been trucking along or is there an obvious difference between now and then? As new agents who just came into the business this year, should we expect to ever experience the golden days?
The First Year Finale
When I say first year, I don’t mean in terms of work experience, but in terms of a calendar year. We are seven months into 2010 and with about five and a half months left, what would you advise a rookie do to wrap this year up on the right track? Is the summer our last chance to make a run or does old man winter have friends in the market for a new house?
The comments are yours and your advice is not only welcomed, but encouraged.