Today while speaking to a friend of mine she complimented me on how I seem to really be committed to real estate unlike some agents she has met. This made me think about what sets real estate professionals apart. Then thinking even more about it I decided to write a blog about myself as an Austin real estate agent.
My Texas real estate salesperson license is less than two years old, but I feel as if I have been in the business forever. With two degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) one in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration I started my career working in government and then the private sector. As the staff accoutant for a high-end custom home builder in Lakeway I learned an immense amount about home construction and the industry that surrounded it. After five years in the office I decided that I wanted to be out in the field “making things happen” as opposed to watching from the sidelines. The excitement and energy of that office was inspiring and is exactly what led me to where I am today.
As an agent I have worked with Seller’s and Buyer’s and enjoyed both sides of the transactions. Being new to the contracts and other aspects of this I have appreciated being in an office like RE/MAX River City that is full of experienced agents and a broker who are always willing to help me through any questions I may have. If I don’t know the answer when you ask the question I am not afraid to find the answer for you.
So after all that I think here are three things you may not have known about your real estate agent, that I think you should know.
- A side note of being a real estate agent that no one thinks about is how you also are part couselor as well. Buying or selling a home is an extremely emotional situation and it essential that you are able to be a good listener and offer appropriate advice when solicited by your client.
- Real estate is glamorous…NOT. Although there are a lot of great perks to this job, like being completely justified in wearing your absolute best outfit on a Tuesday for no other reason than it’s Tuesday! Alot of times real estate agents are in the trenches doing the hard work so that a buyer can find just the right piece of property or that a listing has just the right curb appeal when the right buyer shows up.
- To the dismay and surprise of some real estate is a full-time job. Other than the obvious reasons, like contract deadlines don’t take breaks for holiday weekends etc. it is just not something you can do part-time. It becomes a way of life and any good agent is always looking for the next opportunity for their buyer or seller.