Get a Mentor.
If you are not associated with a brokerage yet, I would be happy to talk to you about it.
We are currently on the Long Island Board of Realtors and have just joined the Westchester/Putnam/Rockland County MLS. We are a virtual company also licensed in PA.
I will present three questions that many stuggleing real estate professionals can not answer....correctly. I present them to you to compel you to quickly focus your business and the tools needed.
#1. Without using real estate agent jargon, or talking about the rules to join the real estate agent club, explain what value you bring into a transaction that justifies the 4, 6, 12, 18 thousand dollars of the homeonwers equity. When you understand this you will never have issues with your fees or value (and neither will your client)
#2. Have you ever said, "I know." Andrea hit upon something rarely discussed. Only the curious, those asking questions, are teachable. If you ever hear this thought struggle to the top of your mind...you are in trouble. "I know."
#3. Will you run when it rains? While you are following Joan's exceptional advise, you need to be creating a value based business. This not only opens doors for you, but keeps those who have ever encountered you looking forward to your next encounter. Creating a business modeled on value requires effort, understanding of consumer needs and most importantly.. COMMITMENT. As Allan said. you have two FULL TIME JOBS. Commitment is doing what ever it takes. It truly means working while others sleep because your dream lives. It means the road less traveled because you recognize you "don't know." It means loyalty, fidelity to your commitments, dependability, enduring in silence and always being the ray of hope that other may interpret as "rookie." It means, rain or shine, you WILL run your 10K and rejoice at the opportunity to get wet.
In the end, your success is up to you. Stay focused on your purpose, don't be distracted by the trama and clamor of others, listen, and be prepared to walk through every open door. Success if ready for those who are able to wear the robe of prosperity with a grateful heart.
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727. 420. 4041
As far as dress, business casual is always recomnended, you are judged within seconds for the way you look and how professional they perceive you to be.
\Good luck with your new career.
I have posted the website that might be of interest to you. Great motivation!
I started as a part time agent years ago as well & became full time shortly after. The best advice I can give you is to reach out to friends and family, let everyone know you are a real estate agent, ask for referrals, wear your name tag everywhere & give business cards to everyone you meet. Depending on the office you will be working in you may be able to start with a mentor , a seasoned agent that you can go on appts with to learn the ropes from & do open houses for to meet potential buyers.In your free time go out & preview properties so that you know the inventory. How you dress really depends on where you will be working.If you will be in NYC, classic business attire , if you are working in Staten Island casual business attire can also be acceptable as long as you always look professional. Good luck & remember if you ever meet people that want to move to the Marlboro/ Manalapan NJ area I'm never too busy for your referrals.
Joan Congilose CRS,GRI,e-Pro
RE/MAX Central Manalapan