Us real estate agents love being able to close on a home, whether it's from the buyer or seller's perspective. As a seller's agent, it's important to get a proper tour of the home before signing a listing agreement, making sure the prospective seller gives the agent as much information as possible regarding the property, and selling yourself to be the agent the sellers want to work with.
As a buyer's agent, it's important to ask the right questions to the selling agent, viewing the property in person with your clients, doing the due diligence of researching the property before writing an offer, and taking the time to create a solid offer that makes sense to both the buyer and seller.
Regardless of what side you're representing, the goal as an agent is to protect your client at all costs. Being a real estate agent takes a lot of time, patience, negotiation, and so much more. An agent is dealing with multiple people during one transaction and has to make sure that the communication is strong and clear between everyone involved in the deal. We all wish it truly was that easy to have clear communication and transparency when working with multiple people to get the job done, but sometimes that just doesn't happen.
Being a new agent can be thrilling but nerve wracking. There is a lot to learn in the beginning and it can be overwhelming at times. Once you've landed serious clients to work with you get super excited and hope for the best. Starting the process can be hard at first. What type of questions should I be asking my clients? How does showingtime work? Who do I call if there's a co-listing agent involved? What documents do I need to be looking at to create an offer? What do I ask the listing agent when it comes to knowing what offers they currently have? Will other agents be nice or rude to me? There are a ton of questions running through your head as a new agent because what you learn in school is much different from the real life experience you have to go through to make a deal happen.
The last thing a new agent wants to go through is a very stressful transaction. Unfortunately things don't always go as planned, sometimes the unexpected happens and can kill a deal, you don't know what you're doing and you can't seem to figure out a solution. You might even question yourself on whether being an agent was the right career choice for you, but if you are fortunate enough to work on a team or work with a broker who's very knowledgeable, you'll eventually find the solution that best fits the situation.
One other important factor to keep in mind when it comes to learning the ropes to real estate as a new agent is to take the time to find the right people to work with. That includes the right brokerage for you, a knowledgeable and professional lender, a title company that communicates well, and even external resources you can pass on to your clients. Why is all of this important? It will make your job easier and you'll get to truly learn how to manage an entire transaction on your own. Don't be afraid to ask questions either, the answer will always be no if you don't try asking.
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