For many people, the idea of being an estate agent is their absolute dream job. Showing clients around a plethora of different houses, that they may end up calling home, is as fun as it is rewarding. No two days are ever the same, as you work closely with clients to help them find the house they’ve always been dreaming of. If you’re not happy with your job and the mere thought of doing this fills you with excitement, why not consider it as a career choice? Just follow our step-by-step guide and with a lot of hard-work, you could soon be on your way to becoming an estate agent.
How to Get Started
As with anything, the difficulty often comes in knowing where to start. Many estate agents tend to start by working in the administrative department of a local estate agency. So, if you happen to live in Essex, get yourself down to a local estate agents in Shoeburyness and see if they have any current job vacancies. Working as a secretary or in an administrative position is a great way of learning the ‘ins and outs’ of the business. You’re often the first point of contact for clients. So, you’ll quickly learn about exactly what it is that clients are looking for and more importantly, how to give it to them.
If admin isn’t really your thing and you’re confident to ‘jump straight in at the deep end’, you could start as a trainee or assistant lettings agent. The most important thing is that you get as much experience of the industry as possible. Because the more experience you have means, the better you’ll be at your job when you qualify.
Work Your Way Up
Before progressing up the career ladder, you may find that you have to get experience in all areas of the business. There’s a lot involved in being an estate agent, as well as running an agency. And if you do plan on being your own boss in the future, it’s essential that you understand every aspect of running your own business. This may involve working in several different branches. So, it’s important that you’re mobile and flexible in terms of commuting to different locations. Working in different areas and selling to different kinds of clients will give you invaluable insight, and help keep you one step ahead of your competitors.
Becoming an estate agent largely depends on your level of skill and experience, rather than formal qualifications. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to develop yourself further by enrolling in a course or programme. The National Association of Estate Agents is a highly respected formal body that offers such courses. Completing one of these courses and registering with the association will provide a boost to your reputation and help you to stand out from others in the industry.
The question is, are you prepared to ‘take a leap of faith’ and jump into the unknown? If you’re willing to take the risk, you might just find that changing career was the best decision you ever made.