Posted by: Brightwood College
Updated: July 31, 2017 | Published: November 17, 2015
Every year, like many Americans, you probably approach the New Year with a handful of goals in mind: eating better, losing weight, quitting a bad habit, taking up a healthy habit, or generally improving your quality of life by making a drastic and (hopefully) lasting change. Unfortunately, most of those resolutions start with good intentions, and fade away when the reality and demands of our daily routine creep back into our lives.
If you’ve long-considered starting a career in real estate, 2017 might be the perfect time to dedicate yourself to a resolution that can have a strong and lasting impact on your career satisfaction, financial independence, and overall happiness for the rest of your professional life.
Here are 7 reasons to make and keep a New Year’s resolution to start your real estate career in 2017:
The Employment Outlook for Real Estate Agents is on the Rise
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of real estate brokers and sales agents is projected to grow 11 percent between 2012 and 2022. The recent recession drove many older, established agents out of the business. Now, as the housing market continues to recover in leaps and bounds, opportunities exist to stake a claim as a leader in your local real estate market.
Real Estate Careers Reward Tenacity and Commitment
The most successful real estate agents weren’t great the day they were licensed. They likely struggled for a while, but dedicated themselves to being exceptional. They became students of the business, as well as their local markets. Nobody said being a great real estate agent is easy. But if you are the kind of person who values hard work and cares deeply about doing a great job, a real estate career can be incredibly rewarding. People often become disenfranchised with their 9-to-5 jobs because no matter how hard they work, they’re not being recognized or rewarded for it. As a real estate agent, you’ll be working for commission…you will control your own destiny. The hard work you put in will be directly reflected in your bottom line.
- “Real Estate Agent” is One of the Top 20 Business Jobs of 2015
U.S. News & World Report ranked “Real Estate Agent” as the 4th best sales and marketing job in the U.S. in 2016, citing above average opportunities for upward mobility and flexibility.
- You Can Get Licensed Quickly and Relatively Affordably
Unlike a four-year degree, real estate licensing education can usually be completed in a matter of months. Education and exam fees are also considerably lower than the investment required to attend a traditional two- or four-year school. It's among the quickest and most affordable professional careers to pursue.
- You’ll make a Tangible Difference in People’s Lives
Real estate is an incredibly rewarding field. Buying a home is typically the single largest financial decision most people will ever make. Real estate agents play a direct role in helping clients navigate the sometimes overwhelming process of finding the perfect home to fit their needs. A great real estate agent plays the role of counselor, friend, activist, and mentor all throughout the course of a single purchase.
- Real Estate Agents are Happier than You
That’s right. A 2013 Forbes study found “real estate agent” to be the happiest job in America. And according to a Market Leader survey of more than 3,000 real estate professionals, 84% of agents are happy with their careers, compared to just 53% of Americans in general. Agents in the Market Leader survey cited meeting and helping people, being their own boss, challenges of the job, income potential, and schedule flexibility as the things they liked most about working in real estate.
- Starting your Real Estate Career is a Life-Changing Resolution
Imagine December 31, 2017. You’ll once again be reflecting on the year behind you, and you’ll be planning for the year ahead. How good would it feel to know that 2017 was the year you stopped talking about making a career change, and actually did it? How good would it feel to know you were starting the next year in a position to build upon your established real estate business, instead of going back to work for someone else? You can have that feeling every year, but it’s up to you to make the move.
A career in real estate isn’t for everyone. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, like television might have you believe. Many people who start a career in real estate aren’t prepared for the work and dedication it takes to stay in the business and be successful. But if you’ve long been considering earning your license, and you’re ready to put your own work ethic to work for you, pursuing a real estate career could be the best move you make in 2017.
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