Day in the life of
Realtor – Mike Stewart
My Typical Day
I have two parts of my business. One is being a Realtor and servicing the real estate needs of my clients either buying or selling or whatever they need. I only work with past clients, sellers, and sellers who want to buy and the odd new buyer looking for higher-end properties. I am able to do that because I have a network of over 15 Realtors across British Columbia that I send buyer leads to. This frees up my time to focus on the personal clients I mentioned above, but also to further build up my referral generation system with my various partners. My workday is always different and very flexible. I have an administrative assistant for paperwork and a licensed assistant for showings, so I get to focus on what I like best which is client time, be it calling them, meeting with them, etc. My days are always different and there is always a new adventure. I am always on the move and meeting with and dealing with people and unforeseen events.
Being a Realtor is never boring. You can never predict how your day will turn out and there is always an adventure around the corner. Sometimes those adventures can be stressful which can be exhilarating and sometimes those adventures may not go the way you want them to, but it is never predictable. Another pro of being a Realtor is that if you have a good idea or you see an opportunity, there is very little holding you back from making the best of that opportunity or idea. You are free to experiment and iterate to get the result you want. The Realtor community (especially successful Realtors) tend to be a supportive bunch who are willing to help and support their peers which is also a fulfilling aspect of what I do.
Dealing with bad, unscrupulous, or unhappy Realtors can be very exhausting and difficult. Real estate has low barriers to entry and quite a broad spectrum of people are drawn to the business. If a client wants to write an offer on a listing with a bad or unpleasant Realtor, you have to do it and do business with a person you would normally avoid. Another con is dealing with members of the public who are unpleasant, dishonest, and disrespectful. These people can often waste vast amounts of your time if you do not know how to deal with these types of people. Burnout can be an issue as well. My biggest challenge when I was starting out was not taking enough breaks and burning out. I love what I do, but I know now that regular breaks in the form of vacations keep me at my best.
What advice would you give to those who wish to pursue a career as a realtor?
Treat your real estate practice as a business and systematize what you do as a Realtor so you can grow your business. This will allow you to bring on more people as your income grows so you can focus on what you like doing and avoid what you do not. Also, always be curious about new ideas and be open to learning about new things in Real Estate. New Realtors have the advantage of having time to focus and learn before they get really busy. Use that time well to grow your business quickly.
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.