Day in the life of
Real Estate Agent – Jamie Safier
The best part about being a real estate agent is that it’s the antithesis of a regular 9 – 5 office job. By this, I mean every day is truly different. One day I may be in back-to-back showings, the next I might have to entertain a client or be out scouting for the right listing for another client. The lack of a ‘typical day is exactly why I love what I do. Yes, it is a lot of pressure and a lot of work, but the thrill of the chase and the lack of boredom around the industry make it an enthralling career.
It’s hard to be a top agent, especially in New York. And no matter what region you work in, it’s important to always have the most current knowledge of the market. Other responsibilities include arranging and handling showings of real estate, walking properties prior to setting the price of a new listing, and of course, handling negotiations during the sales process. It’s not an easy job and sometimes deals that have even been signed into contract still fall through. It requires a lot of tenacity, perseverance, and drive, but it’s a lot of fun and can be very rewarding as well.
Pros and Cons
Some of the aspects that I love the most and consider pros – the varying days, unpredictability, change in schedule – can also become cons. By this I mean, while I do enjoy the constant change and hustle, it can be hard to not have the ‘steady’ paycheck, so to speak. You truly have to have a deep knowledge of the industry and client base and believe in yourself to make it in real estate. It’s not easy and it’s very cutthroat. But if you’re prepared to work hard, whether the market is good or bad, you’ll do very well and come out a winner.
rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.