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Starting a new real estate career

It is common for people considering real estate as a career to scour the internet with success tips and the research doesn’t stop, even after the licensing exam is passed. For most new agents in this era, part of their continuing education is online through blogs, news sites and magazines where the learn bits and pieces that make up their consciousness.

A common question is “do you have any advice for me as a new agent?” which is exactly a question asked on Reddit.com that offered an interesting array of advice from users.

Hints and tips for a new agent?

Lsop wrote, “I’m working on signing on with a Brokerage in Toronto Ontario. Are there and Hints and Tips that other Realtors might be willing to give to someone starting out? And you non-realtors, how would you say would be the best way to gain you as a client and, what are things that realtors do that annoy you?”

Right off the bat, this new agent is thinking of the best ways to serve consumers (and not annoy them) which is a good start. The advice on Reddit.com includes old school and new school advice, and none of it mentions Twitter, but the word “business” was used 19 times in the list of advice given to this new agent.

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Floor time versus face time

ShortWoman noted that the new agent should take floor time as often as possible while Slidellian contradicted, advising to “think face time vs. floor time,” adding “I think it’s fair to say that you will add more people to your database by spending three hours getting out and meeting people and exchanging business cards and previewing FSBOs than you will in three hours of taking floor time.”

The business of business

Slidellian also advises to “lead with revenue,” and “Make sure you have at LEAST six months of expenses set aside.” Furthermore, Slidellian advises to truly commit to real estate full time, mind contact management closely, never stop reading, and be fair to yourself.

Learn short sales first

ShortWoman noted that agents should “always keep up on the industry and your local statistics,” and reminds the new agent that their “safety comes first.” She told the new agent to ask questions and “Learn how to handle short sales and foreclosures, and a traditional sale will be a piece of cake” and she makes the strong point that “more disclosure is always better than less.”

Shadow success, repeat

Unstoppable says, “Align yourself with a successful agent who’s been in the business for many years. Offer to help him/her out in exchange for lessons and assistance. They may even give you some of their excess business with you paying them a referral fee when they close. Your first year will be tough. Stick it out and listen to the experienced agents’ advice. Ask a lot of questions. Talk to everybody.”

What is your advice?

Knowing what you know now, what would you tell a new agent just starting in this business? It’s a down economy and agents are having to be quite resourceful, what would you tell an agent to focus on first? Tell us in comments what you would advise… new agents are Googling your advice as we speak.

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41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. jay Great Falls Virginia

    July 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Find the teams in your area and try to get in the door as an all out committed agent who will call warm leads every day for a couple of hours because almost no other agents really will and it drives team leaders crazy with frustration….Google city state real estate for all your cities to find the agents/teams who are mostly likely overflowing with warm leads/registrations. Also go to the heavy hitter listing agents and offer to do their open houses….

  2. Eric Hempler

    July 11, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Learn Short Sales
    Leverage Craigslist – you can also do general area ads
    The good old people you know
    Blogging – even though you're new you can start writing about an area and demonstrate your knowledge of the market
    Crate an Area Page on Facebook
    Add Friends to Facebook
    Get to know people on Twitter
    Open Houses
    Expired Listings

  3. Matthew Collis

    July 11, 2011 at 8:06 am

    My advice is to ensure that a new realtor has an easy to use contact management system in place, such as IXACT Contact, so as they meet more people and develop more connections, they'll have a central place to store this contact information. A contact management system, or real estate CRM, will also allow new realtors to stay organized by having a place to input listing information and buyer info.

  4. Austin Homes

    July 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Ask a seasoned listing agent if you can go on listing appointments with him or her.

    Tell everyone you know you are in real estate.

    Add your real estate contact info to your email signature.

    Do a lot of open houses.

  5. Ben Fisher

    July 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Blogging
    Trulia Zillow
    Open Houses

  6. ShortWoman

    July 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Glad you liked my comments over on Reddit! It so happens I did <a href="https://www.vegasvideonetwork.com/getting-real-estate-in-vegas-035-tips-for-potential-new-realtors/">a video on this topic</a> a couple weeks ago.

  7. Jake Scheeler

    July 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Don't mistake "years in the business" for experience or skill. They are not the same thing.

    Too many agents like to lead conversations with how many years they have been in real estate. This does not impress me and it should not impress you, as it entirely possible to do something poorly for a very long time. Focus on developing your own skills as an agent and delivering top-notch service to your clients and the years will accumulate.

  8. Missy Caulk

    July 12, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Find a successful agent that will let you follow them, shadow them for several listing appointments and tours with buyers.
    Most RE is caught not taught.

  9. Mike Warren

    September 29, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Being Real Estate Agent is not easy, but if you really want to be successful in it. You should find a professional Realtor that can help you to be a successful Realtor.

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