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A Career in Real Estate — Is it Right for You?

Starting a career in real estate can be one of the most unnerving decisions you’ll make in your life. It can also be one of the most rewarding.

Although real estate is one of the more prominent industries when it comes to employee turnover, it’s still one of the more pleasing (and fun!) professions available. With a limited number of mandatory qualifications, it’s an industry that almost everyone can dive into. Are you ready to make the jump? Check out just a few of the Horton Team’s favorite benefits of starting a career in real estate.

You’ll grow as a person

You hear this a lot in just about any job, but it couldn’t be any more truthful with a career in real estate. Many people say that you have to be an extremely outgoing, flamboyant personality to become a real estate agent. While many agents have these traits, that is definitely not the case. Any personality type can become an effective agent; it just might require you to come out of your shell a bit if you’re more introverted. The real estate business will thrust you into different scenarios (each with their own stresses and complications), but each one will help you develop and improve as both an agent and a person. Even the most nervous first-time agents often return to the office with a big smile after their first appointment with buyers or sellers.

You’ll be your own boss

One of the most advertised benefits of starting a career in real estate is that you’ll get to become your own boss. This is true to an extent, and it really depends on the specifics of your brokerage or employment situation, but it’s definitely an added bonus to the job. While you could still have some form of a superior to answer to (team leader, managing broker, etc.), most agents are able to select their own hours of operation and whether or not they wish to work on Saturdays or Sundays or take every weekend off! With the flow of the real estate industry, it’s rather easy to schedule your production around the rest of life’s schedule or dedicate a specific amount of time to your profession. Just remember—your income will be directly influenced by how much time you’re willing to put in!

You’ll grow your network

Real estate is a people-first business, and all successful agents will share with you the same sentiment. With that in mind, you’ll quickly notice how many acquaintances you’ll make, many of which will bloom into close friendships or partnerships. You may be thinking of your client database, the group of consumers whom you’ve helped and hope to help in the future as repeat buyers or sellers. While this sphere is a large chunk of your network, it’s by no means an exclusive list. During the course of your transactions and entire real estate career, you’ll meet lots of representatives from secondary industries, such as loan officers, repair specialists, closing officers, builders, and mortgage brokers to name just a few. Don’t forget about other real estate agents, too! Aside from all the agents you’ll meet in an office or team setting, you’ll also be introduced to many different agents in your career through cross-sales for your buyers or sellers. Just think of how large your network will be after collecting all those business cards!

You’ll make a huge impact in your clients’ lives

Perhaps the biggest and most emotionally-satisfying experience in the real estate industry is that you’ll be making a huge impact in your clients’ lives. Whether you’re helping a young family find their dream home or an elderly couple sell their oversized estate in order to downsize, the lives you touch will be better off with your expertise and dedicated involvement. Real estate transactions are generally the biggest investments in a person’s life, so your clients will often look to their selected agent for guidance and advice. Sure, the relationship may feel strained during times of low inventory or minimal showings, but the reward after closing will be seeing how much you meant to each client during one of the most challenging periods of their lives. Once you experience this emotion, you’ll quickly fall in love with the industry and be eager to help change someone else’s life for the better.

Real estate can be stressful, competitive, and sometimes downright ugly, but it’s all worth it in the end. As we said before, these are just a few of the outstanding benefits of becoming a real estate agent. Does this sound like a career you’d like to pursue? Contact us today with any other questions you have about the real estate industry or if you’d like to learn more about what you can expect to encounter as a real estate agent in Newburgh or Evansville, Indiana. If you’re ready to make the leap and become an agent, we would love to speak with you today!