There is no denying the fact that a career in real estate promises amazing rewards. From excellent monetary growth to flexible work timings and an opportunity to meet new people, Atlanta real estate careers offer everything one could ask for in an ideal job. However, becoming successful in the real estate industry is all about preparation and hard work.
So, if you are starting out as a real estate agent in Atlanta, here are a few things that you must do before launching your real estate career.
1. Write down Your Career Objective
Money is perhaps the major motivation for anyone stepping into the real estate industry. But if you are driven by the lure of money only, it is likely that you will feel de-motivated and overwhelmed very quickly.
Real estate offers amazing financial rewards; there is no doubt about that, but every real estate agent faces a number of setbacks in their career. So, set up another goal like to meet new people, to help customers find their new home, etc. This will keep you motivated even when you are struggling to find new deals and close sales.
2. Talk to Experienced Real Estate Agents
To gain more in-depth understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of Atlanta real estate careers, talk to real estate agents who have spent at least two to three years in the industry. Don’t just interview top-performing agents only. Instead, speak to those as well who are still struggling to generate a consistent steam of leads.
Ask them about their job routine, what they like or dislike about the job, their advice to an individual stepping into the real estate industry, etc. Then prepare a list of factors that are common to all answers to determine if a career as a real agent offers you everything you are looking for.
3. Consider a Second Source of Income
Don’t expect to start earning money right away as an Atlanta real estate agent. It may take you a considerable amount of time to network with other professionals, capture leads through prospecting, and nurture those leads into customers. Therefore, while you are doing all this work, you need an alternative source of income so that you can pay for the necessities. If you are good at writing, you may consider freelancing as a content writer, or if you know a friend who needs a babysitter, you may volunteer to work part-time.
A career in Atlanta real estate industry sure looks a lucrative opportunity, but in order to excel as a real estate agent, you need to work hard and learn from the experiences of real estate mentors.
I have written a number of books for both new and experienced real estate agents. These books contain detailed information on real estate prospecting, marketing, negotiation, and more. You can find them here. I am also arranging a workshop on the subject of using online marketing to promote your real estate services. You may register for the workshop here.