Read On, It Isn't As Easy As It Looks
The public looks at REALTORS® and draw their own conclusions about it being a fun job that takes little effort. For one thing being a REALTOR® and a real estate agent are two different things, They don't realize what it takes to be successful in the real estate business. It is partially our fault as agents because when we master the job, we tend to make it look easy and effortless as we keep the stress away form our clients.
Debunking the myths starts with getting the word out and letting each and every client and customer know what we do, how we got to where we are and that we are there for them every step of the way. These are some of the myths that cloud the real truth of what it takes to be a great REALTOR®.
1. Agents get lots of time off, don't have to work hard and still make lots of money. The truth is to be successful we have to work lots of hours and many of us work overtime to establish a good business and clientele. We have to keep up good working habits or we will not retain our clientele or business. Our weekends are generally not our own because we work when the client is available.
2. Agents are given fancy cars and expense accounts. The truth is we pay our own expenses including gas, car insurance, marketing materials, dues, licensing fees, MLS and website fees and much more. If we don't make money then we are in the hole and have no money left for living expenses and other bills. We are responsible to promote ourselves and have the bills to prove it.
3. It takes very little effort and expense to be an agent. Though the expense in most states is not a great deal of money with all the other things considered in establishing a business it can be a few thousand dollars. There is a licensing process that requires licensing training, fees and this takes a time and money commitment. These classes are to prepare for taking the state exams. The tests do require understanding the principals of real estate laws and agency, plenty of study and the real truth is some people never pass. The expenses and education requirements are ongoing even after licensure.
4. REALTORS® are just out to make a commission and don't care about their clients. Generally, most REALTORS® I know do care about their clients and want them happy. The commissions are secondary to helping to make the deal work and get satisfied clients. That is what builds our future business.
5. It's not hard to sell a house and I can do the same thing as a REALTOR®. The truth here is there is a lot to know and the sale is the easiest part. Keeping a transaction together through the closing takes skill and the experience of a knowledgeable agent. Many clients never know the bumps in the road that come up that are smoothed out by the agent.
6. All REALTORS® are the same. Again, this is not true. There are personalities and talents. There are niches and levels of experience that can make a difference. Agents market differently and not all created equal. Being a REALTOR® means we belong to the National Association of REALTORS® and aspire to a higher standard and code of conduct.
7. Buyers shouldn't have to pay such high fees to just have someone unlock a few doors. Again, there is far more to the story. This is simply not true. Unlocking doors is a tiny part of the process and so much more is involved in a sale. We are not tour guides and there is a process in vetting out qualified clients. It starts at the very first contact and continues throughout the entire sale.
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Clarksville, TN 37040
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