How to Maintain Your Independence as a New Real Estate Agent
Leaning on others is great when you’re just starting out as a real estate agent. A good broker or colleague can help you learn the ropes, give you tricks of the trade, and help you build a foundation for a long and successful career.
But at some point, you have to differentiate yourself — do something to set yourself apart from the pack and really stand out as a real estate professional.
While it can be hard, particularly while you’re still gaining your footing, there are plenty of ways to build up that confidence and start establishing yourself as a powerhouse real estate agent in your own right.
Real Estate Agent tips for starting out
1. Establish your systems and processes.
If you want to succeed without the constant help of others, having some solid systems and processes in place is key.
You need lead generation systems, marketing systems, and processes for onboarding new clients, scheduling showings, creating contracts, and more.
The goal is to simplify your workload and make sure every task is one you can replicate over and over with ease.
2. Create your own network.
Making your own connections is vital to creating your own pipeline of business.
After all, loan officers, inspectors, appraisers, attorneys, and other pros who already have preferred real estate agents probably aren’t going to refer you.
But if you get in on the ground floor with a new pro? You might just be their go-to choice for referrals.
3. Work on your skills.
Knowing how to draw up a contract or run an open house is only part of the equation. Successful real estate agents need a whole slew of soft skills too — things like marketing, social media, sales, networking, negotiating, and more.
If you really want to differentiate yourself, committing to continued education — particularly on these more nuanced skills — is vital.
4. Embrace the unknown.
It’s important to acknowledge that there’s a learning curve to becoming a successful real estate agent.
That means being gentle with yourself, realizing it’s OK not having all the answers, and that, much of the time, you’ll need to embrace the unknown as a learning opportunity — a chance to better your skills and knowledge.
Start your real estate agent career off right
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