If you’ve been considering a career as a real estate agent then this is the blog for you. Making a decision to switch careers is hard but it becomes easier when you have an idea of what to expect if you do make the career change. In this blog, I'll aim to help you with your decision.
The most important question you can ask yourself is if you’re okay with working for 100% commissions. Yes, that’s right. Real Estate agents don’t make a salary. They only get paid when they successfully help a buyer or seller close on a home. While this can be nerve-wracking, it can also be a good thing. It means you have no salary cap and if you work hard you can make as much money as you want. You truly get out of it what you put into it.
The second thing you need to ask yourself is if you’re okay working strange hours. Real estate agents work when their clients want to see homes and most showings take place when other people aren’t working. If you are okay working weekends, after 5, and on holidays then you’re on the right path with a new career choice.
How well do you handle stress? This is another important question to ask yourself. Being a real estate agent is one of the most stressful jobs there is. You are helping people buy/sell the most expensive asset of their life and people tend to get angry when things go wrong (this will happen a lot). You also deal with all different types of personalities as a real estate agent. If you can get along with most people then you are already one step ahead of most people who enter this career.
To end this, I want to say that being a real estate agent does have a lot of positives and you can make a lot of money, but it’s important to weigh the downsides before making this new career choice. If you’re interested in learning more about the licensing requirements then you can check this blog out here.