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It seems that everyone has considered a career in real estate at one time or another. If you pursued this career, are you still licensed? Have you achieved the success you wanted? Many people enter this field as a licensed real estate salesperson and expect success to just happen. To have a long-term career, you need to work hard and be proactive. There are some tips you can follow to succeed in your real estate career:

Create a Solid Business Plan - As a real estate salesperson, you are essentially in business for yourself. You might work in a brokerage, but it is up to you to generate new business, market your services and set a plan in motion. Determine what your goals are, how you plan to get there and the resources you need to make it happen.

Work with a Strong Team of People - To close a transaction, you need the assistance of a team of people (buyer's agent, listing agent, lender, inspector, appraiser, etc.). You will be in a position to refer your clients to these people. Make sure that they are reliable, accurate and fair. If you make the buying process smooth for your clients, they will be more likely to use you again and refer your services to other people.

Use the Right Tools - It is worth every penny to invest in your career. In addition to licensing fees, you'll want to build a website, generate leads, and more. Do everything you can to project a professional image. These tools are going to cost you some money - make sure you set a budget and stick to it. While you want the right tools, you don't want to go broke trying to get them. A good rule of thumb is to have three months worth of savings available to cover your costs.

Marketing, Marketing, Marketing - Most brokerages will provide you with some inbound leads. However, you need to do some additional work of your own to get your name out. Don't be passive - your extra efforts can give you the advantage you need. Spending only in newspapers, magazines, etc. can be somewhat effective. However, seasoned real estate professionals will tell you that referral business is marketing that really works.

Choose a Brokerage that Fits Your Needs - This requires some research. Don't just choose the one that offers you the first job. There are many reasons that go into selecting a brokerage. While pay, location and reputation are important, you should also make sure that the brokerage is willing to work for you. Make sure the broker is willing to support you in your new career and provide you with the encouragement you need. Determine if there is a training program, incoming leads, low turnover etc. A supportive atmosphere can go a long way in helping you build a solid career.

It takes time, energy and effort to develop a real estate career. To be a successful real estate salesperson, you need to take an active role in your career. If you follow the above tips, you will have a greater chance to succeed in this exciting profession. Proper preparation and action can result in a long-term, rewarding career. Make your real estate license work for you!

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At February 24, 2007 at 9:44:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article was very inspiring. It helps out alot when someone is just starting their carreer and reads inspiring and motivating articles, like this one.

Thank You,

Celina Ramirez


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