Being an effective real estate agent requires a lot of knowledge, initiative, and perseverance, but the rewards for a job well done are immeasurable. To give you an idea of what gets us motivated, here are 5 things we love about being real estate agents in Los Angeles.
A career as a real estate agent means negotiation both on and off the clock.
Sometimes a client will need their agent available for a showing at an inopportune time, and the agent then needs to either accommodate or finesse things to work a bit more for them. It’s not uncommon to be on the go for twelve hours one day and then take the following day off entirely. Real estate agents in Los Angeles work the jobs they want to work when they want to work them and make their client and personal schedules intermingle.
Scheduling closings, inspections, and appraisals all require fitting together a puzzle that is determined by the agent.
Meeting New People
One thing that is certain in the world of the real estate agent: you will meet and work with all sorts of individuals.
While some agents may advertise to a specific set of clientele, anyone and everyone looking to buy or sell a home can benefit greatly from hiring the right qualified and experienced real estate agent. Every single day is an opportunity to meet a new person for whom you could make a substantial impact, and that is a possibility that should not be taken lightly.
This is accomplished by digging into our clients’ lives to get them what they want out of their next home.
When meeting with clients for the first time, it’s important for any agent to learn their client’s unique circumstances, what the client wants and needs to get out of a property, and design or style preferences.
We may be dealing with a couple looking to start a family, or someone looking to downsize after their children have long left the nest. The key is to understand your client’s current situation, where they are intending to go in life, and find them a property that acts as a vehicle to that personal destination.
Cultivating a Team
Some people have the impression that real estate agents are savvy business people looking out only for themselves, and they should be suspicious of anything their agent says or does as it is done out of the agent’s self-interest.
This clearly could not be farther from the truth, as agents need to create and build trust in order to get the client what they want, close the deal, and make a living. As agents, we strive to develop a positive reputation that helps get the word out and bring in more clients.
Establishing that positive relationship with our clients is the beginning of turning ourselves into a brand that is associated with satisfaction and progress for our clients.
The Dynamic Market
Real estate markets are fickle creatures that require substantial time and effort to research and understand.
Having a working knowledge of local market pricing, proximity to local hotspots, or even just desirable design trends gives us the edge in finding our clients their next dream home. This challenging labor is part of what drives us as agents.
In turn, we then have the chance to use that collected information to better serve our clients.