How to Know If Real Estate Is Your Future Career
So you’re young and you want to get into real estate. I don’t blame you, it’s the best career in the world. But before you start investing time and money, you should probably make sure that real estate is the right career path for you.
The first thing you gotta do is seek out the top five Realtors in your area and call them. If that sounds too scary or you think, “Eh, I’ll just email a few names I’ve seen on yard signs,” then stop reading this. Real estate is not the career for you. If you don’t have the guts to cold-call a top producer, then how in the hell are you going to talk to someone who wants to sell a half a million dollar home?
If cold-calling someone doesn’t freak you out, fantastic. Here’s a little freebie script on what to say when you call those top producers (this is just a jumping off point, feel free to reword this and make it your own).
Hi, Top Producer Pete. My name is Tyler. I’m young, I’m hungry, and I want to know if I can come work or intern or shadow you for at least two months, three days a week. I want to see what the real life of a Realtor looks like. I watch Million Dollar Listing and House Hunters and they make real estate look simple but I want a true experience before I invest in my real estate career.
The problem with real estate is that it looks so fun on TV. The media really glorifies it. But when you’re working in an office, it’s a lot less glamorous than celebrity agents make it out to be. After spending some time in an office, you’re going to see the grit and the grind that agents deal with day in and day out (and evenings and weekends). At that point, you’re either going to be more excited about real estate or you’re going to be completely over it.
Don’t spend your time and money preparing for your license. What a waste if it turns out that you don’t really even like real estate.
(JUST IN CASE YOU’RE A SKIMMER)
HOW TO DECIDE IF REAL ESTATE IS YOUR JAM:
- Call some top producers and ask to help in their office
- Spend no less than two to three days a week, for two months learning the ins and outs of being a Realtor
- Then, and only then, can you analyze if real estate is the right decision for you
If after all that, you’ve still got the real estate bug, then take your real estate exam (which should be a cinch), take the classes, and join a brokerage (and use this guide to start building your biz)
Final note: I love real estate but it’s not for everyone. What I love almost as much as real estate is people who are driven to turn their passions into a successful career. There is nothing worse than someone who is miserable in their job. BUT… there is nothing better than someone who loves what they do and kicks ass at it.