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5 rookie misconceptions about real estate

Posted by RuyM on March 23, 2018
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A real estate career can be exciting with its often flexible hours, potential for escalating earnings and the variety of tasks within a workday. But some newcomers to the industry may jump into a real estate career with the wrong impressions of what it’s really like.

Members of the Forbes Real Estate Council, an exclusive group for executives in the real estate industry, recently highlighted some of the most common misconceptions that new real estate professionals often believe, including:

  1. Real estate is a “get rich quickly” career
    Being a real estate agent means you’re putting the needs of your clients ahead of your own needs, and this means your income needs as well,  and sometimes this is challenging if you enter the profession undercapitalized.
  2. Attracting clients and steady income is easy
    An agent’s real job is actually not just selling homes, but marketing themselves and answering the question, ‘Why should someone choose YOU out of all other agents in town? Only when you have a clear answer to that question and you are able to communicate it in your marketing will having a steady income be easy.
  3. The market will continue to go up and up
    Real estate markets are cyclical and seasonal.  When the market’s good, it’s really good, When it’s bad, it’s really bad. … Things happen slowly in real estate, like turning a battleship, and it can feel awesome when it’s actually terrible, and feel terrible when it’s actually doing great.
  4. Reality TV shows are the same as real life
    The reality TV shows depicting a real estate career with mega listings are hardly reality for most agents. While these shows have raised the profile of the real estate industry, they also project a false narrative.  Agents with stars in their eyes should understand that success comes from old-fashioned hard work, maintaining crazy hours and dealing with some very demanding clients.
  5. Flexible work hours mean you can work less
    A real estate career often boasts a non-traditional work schedule, and some new agents may associate that flexibility as only having to work part-time.  Being a real estate agent is hardly a 9-to-5 job; you’ll need to work extra and non-traditional hours to build your business.  To be successful, you’ve got to put in the time and the work, have unwavering drive and full accountability.
  6. Make it a true business
    At some point of your career you need to start investing in you, whether you going to open your own real estate brokerage, property management or real estate investment portfolio.  This diversification and improvements, will assist in making your career much easier as you keep investing more into them…

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