People often ask me: “Laura, what is it like being a real estate agent?” or “What does a typical day look like for a realtor?
I always find this a funny question, because anyone who is in real estate knows that there is never a “typical day.” To me, one of the appealing aspects of working as a real estate agent is that each day is different. Responding to the changing needs of buyers and sellers often means shifting gears at last minute. This is perfect for someone like me, who enjoys the fast passed, always changing routines.
If I had to create a typical or really an “ideal” day, it would start by making it to the gym in the morning. One of my goals for 2017 is wake up earlier, have time with the Lord, and then hit the gym before my phone rings. I read a book recently called “The Miracle Morning.” I believe your mornings are the most powerful time of the day, it is the only time you are in control; your morning routine sets the pace for your day, week, and year.
After my morning routine, I am ready for whatever the day brings! Although there is nothing “typical” about my day. Here are a few things my day may include:
Relationship building: It is my goal to call 5 people each day- Just to say Hi : )
Paperwork: I must stay very organized and on top of deadlines.
Study neighborhoods: I am always researching/studying neighborhood trends.
Showing appointments: I provide reports and details for each home toured.
Listing appointments: “List to exist!” I do my homework and create listing packets.
Social Media: Posting is key to stay connected. Free marketing!
Marketing: Plan email campaigns, blogs, & videos
I love my job, but it is not easy, some days have challenges along with the tasks above.
Home Inspections: I attend each home inspection with my clients. I never know how the inspection will go- I have had to hold some hands and say “It will be ok, we will find another home,” when the inspector gives us bad news.
Driving: I drive more than anyone I know! In one day, I could drive to meet a client to pick up checks, then deliver their checks to the listing agent and the title company. I will then drive to a showing with another client followed by a lunch appointment or a meeting at the office. Then in the afternoon I drive to an inspection… and let’s be real I always have a personal errand thrown in there. On an average day, I drive about 50 miles.
Heated Negotiations: I actually love negotiating- for me it is a thrill. I think I am pretty good at it too. But every now and then I am negotiating with a really stubborn party. I always want the best for my client so I fight hard, but it can be stressful.
100% Commission: I thought this would be the most frightening thing about my job and for most agents, it is! However; my motto: “It is not about my commission but about the referral,” has brought me the commissions. I want my clients to see Christ in the way I serve them. I have learned that by trusting God and putting others first, you truly do not need to worry about yourself.
Just like any other profession, real estate has pros and cons. For me, each day is unique, challenging, but rewarding. Connecting buyers with their dream homes or helping sellers move on with their lives is a wonderful thing.