Doing your research, especially when entering a new field or career path is essential, that's why you are here today! But take that negative feedback and knowledge and use it as fuel. I read that less than 60% pass the real estate exam the first time. That made me determined to pass on my first time, and I did! Running your own business is going to be filled with discouraging moments, just remember your “why”.
There is a 60 hour course and a live proctored exam(pandemic or not). If you chose to do the independent online learning be sure to stay consistent. We all have slip ups and days where we miss doing important things. DON'T let that become a habit when it comes to completing your course. You may have months to complete it but that just means it will take longer for you to start making money.
MARKETING is so important for any business but for you as a real estate agent, it's sometimes all you have. If you work for a great company like CanZell, they provide a lot of help with marketing and in turn, lead generation💵! YOU will be responsible for anything that cost though, including but not limited to signage, business cards, pens, personalized items, internet posts boosts, property boosts, etc.
You do not have to spend an arm and a leg on marketing either. Some of the best in the business say 10% of total income on marketing is the goal. In the beginning you will want to find which marketing strategies work best for you so you'll want to invest into a little of everything. After you learn what is generating your business you pour more into that and lessen or stop spending in other areas.
P.S. Word of mouth is free 😆
It is important for you to ask questions that are going to affect you the most. You also want to catch the vibe. Although real estate can be pretty much virtual, especially these days, you always want to be aware of who you will be corresponding with on a day to day or regular basis. These people should also be successful in their own right and hopefully an asset to you as you can be for them.
You will want to ask about dues and fees that you should prepare for. Commission splits…OF COURSE! 😂 We definitely want to know how much we're making since we're investing so much! And if there are any requirements or non negotiable's for you. Always talk to a few, you want to become a realtor so I am sure everyone you speak with will have pretty good convo but you have to really decide which one is right for you. Do I see a pro/con list in your future? 🔮
Trust me, I was so nervous about reaching out like, what do I even say? But when you get hungry enough, you'll find the words to say. Closed mouths don't get fed. Your phone contacts are people that know you best or at least n some form. Take your time to go through and shoot a personal text. Save a template to your notes and customize it to each person, or use kvCORE smart CRM technology (Canzell perk) or ask them to write a character review you can post.
Agent Mess Up Below:
I was a little upset when an old friend from high school and I ran into each other and she goes I totally would have had you to be our agent if I would have known. I passed her name when I was reaching out to my clients because we haven't talked in so long, but I ended up missing out on a client. You have to know and acknowledge the great connections you've made in the past. You're not asking them to buy or sell their home you're just letting them know about a major life event! The support in so many different ways you will get from the people in your sphere will surprise you.
I hope you enjoyed my personal top 5 things you should know when becoming an agent. I'm excited to share many more with you in the coming months. As always, I'm so grateful for your support and love having this opportunity to serve you and pass on what I've learned