We can’t help who or what we fall in love with. It’s one of life’s mysteries. Some agents might not be able to explain the passion they feel for real estate, but I have my suspicions. Here are six reasons why I love my work:
1. The people
You have to enjoy working with people in order to be a successful real estate agent. Coworkers, clients, baristas who recognize you as you bring in a gallon-sized travel mug for your daily caffeine dose — you’re always around people. It would be dishonest to say that it always goes smoothly, but the relationships and interactions are a huge part of the overall experience, and allow you to connect with people in a way unseen in most professions.
2. No two days are ever the same
If the drudgery of five days a week at the same office, with the same snack machine, and the same coworkers telling the same lame jokes kills your spirit, then the novelty of working in real estate will be the wind in your sails. No two days will ever be the same, which means every day you’ll embark on a new adventure that could lead to a closed deal, or a trip to the park to meditate and clear your head. If you like variety, you will fall in love.
3. The thrill of the chase
While we may convince ourselves that we hate prospecting or showing up to appointments that go nowhere, it’s those very things that make us appreciate successes that much more. The pursuit, the hopes and dreams of success, the sweat you have to put in to make things happen — all of these are the ingredients for a successful real estate career, and we appreciate the work more than we are willing to admit.
4. Just me and the open road
While real estate requires working with lots of different people in different capacities, it also has its share of solitude, and is, at its core, an independent profession. Nothing will happen unless you make it happen yourself, so if you’re an independent-minded person who enjoys being out on your own, not only will you be successful but you’ll also fall in love with the feeling of getting in your car and creating your own destiny.
5. The highs are amazing
While the lows are painful, the highs are exhilarating. If you’ve never experienced the joy of a signed contract, or a clear to close, then you have no clue just how energized and happy a signature or a few words can make you feel. Any doubts about the profession are immediately wiped out, and you fall in love with real estate all over again each time you celebrate a triumph.
6. Because I care
They say that if you do something you love, then you’ll never work another day in your life. Well that’s not exactly true, you’ll still have to work, but it will feel different. In real estate, even though you’re helping other people buy and sell houses, it still feels like something that’s yours. And because it’s yours, you will care. And because you care, you will appreciate it in a way that’s different than almost any other job you could possibly have, which is all the more reason to be in love.
We were buying our first home in Florida when I discovered how much I loved everything about real estate. From the showings to offer, negotiations to contract, walk through to closing…I was hooked.
I get to know my clients. We become friends. I care about their happiness. Each one adds something special to my life. I hope I’m able to return the favor.