When you first enter into the real estate business, it is easy to be intimidated by more experienced practitioners who seem to be able to sell a house at the drop of a hat, often earning hefty commissions as a result. By contrast, you are slaving away with a couple of clients and seem to be getting nowhere fast.
However, it is important to remember that even the best agents had to start somewhere and, as a beginner, you will often be working with properties that those with more experience don’t want to work on. As such, it is important to not only absorb all of the information that you can during these formative years, but to also set yourself goals so that you have a target to aim for and something tangible that will determine whether or not you’re successful.
Overall Sales Numbers
The amount of properties that you are able to sell in a month or a year is related to a number of issues, which include the time and effort that you put into the job and the quality of the properties that you are working with.
Consider all of these aspects and what effect they have on your overall sales goals and then set yourself difficult, yet realistic targets based on that information. This will make you work just that extra little bit harder to hit your goals, allowing you to gain valuable experience along the way.
The odds are pretty good that your first few sales are going to pull in a little less than the average for the property that you have sold. That’s OK, as this is all part of the learning process and it at least allows you to rack up some numbers and put yourself in line for some better opportunities.
However, it also allows you to set yourself another goal. Consider the types of properties you work with and use the available information to figure out average sale prices. As soon as you can start hitting or exceeding that price, you are on your way to success.
When you entered the industry, did you have a five or ten-year plan for where you wanted you base salary to be after you have gained some experience? If not then it is important that you make such a plan, with milestones along the way, so that you can track your personal progress.
Understand how much real estate agents in your area make after 1, 3, 5 and 10 years in the business and use these figures to determine your own plan. If you are failing to reach the salary that you anticipate, this is a good sign that you need to change something about your approach.
Grow Your Reputation
To start working with some of the best properties, you need to make sure you do things that get you noticed. In the real estate industry, this usually means selling properties. Never underestimate the amount of work you will be doing and always be prepared to rise to any new challenges.
In fact, one of your goals should be to place yourself in a position where you can take on new challenges in the first place, but that will only come as long as you keep networking and building on your reputation.