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10 Traits of Successful Real Estate Agents

10 Traits of Successful Real Estate Agents

We recently shared some news that might have you considering a new career in real estate. If you’re already on that path or you know you’re ready to get started, today we’re offering a few tips about how you can be the very best agent out there.

You see, there are a few things that top real estate agents have in common. Here are 10 traits of successful real estate agents:

1. Interest in Helping Others
Whether an agent is helping a first-time buyer purchase a new home, or helping a seller to quickly sell a home to move for an irresistible career opportunity, real estate agents are in the business of helping people realize their next great adventures. If you have an interest in helping people make one of the biggest transactions of their lives, you might be successful in real estate.

2. Interest in Houses and Architecture
You don’t have to be a construction expert or have the knowledge of a home inspector, but if you are interested in the features that make a home unique, like style of home, type of flooring, and other decor details, as a real estate agent, you can help sellers promote their home's best features. Likewise, by being able to point out certain aspects of a home, you can help buyers find the home that is best for them. 

3. Great Communication Skills
Success in real estate is all about how you talk to people. From your clients to the service professionals that assist with inspections and home repairs, excellent communication skills will help you thrive in the industry. If you love talking to people – and we mean all types of people – you might be set for a great career in real estate.   

4. Savvy Social Media Skills
In today's real estate market, it is not only about face-to-face communication. In fact, a strong social media presence is vital for top agents. The truth is that many buyers begin their home searches online. Marketing on social media helps top agents attract those buyers. It also helps agents to network with other agents and prospective clients. 

5. Great Organizational Skills
From keeping track of showings and open houses to coordinating closings and other meetings, real estate agents must be organized. This skill is not only one that will make you a top agent, but it is basically a requirement for the role. The real estate industry is fast-paced, so keeping things organized at all times is a must for agents.  

6. Good Time-Management Skills
For real estate agents, time-management skills go hand in hand with organizational skills – and for similar reasons. Because agents are constantly on the go, they need to be the masters of their own schedules, along with their clients' schedules at times. Managing time helps top agents excel on even the busiest of days. 

7. Excellent Ability to Multitask
On top of time management and organization, real estate agents need to be able to do multiple things at once sometimes. From answering calls or holding meetings on the road to scheduling showings or closings during what might have otherwise been "free" time, top real estate agents seem to be able to do it all at once. 

8. Keen Negotiating Skills
This is an ever-so-important skill set for real estate agents. Every seller wants to get the most for their home. Every buyer wants to strike a great deal on the home of their dreams. By negotiating sales contracts with other professionals, top agents are able to help each party accomplish those goals. 

9. Honesty
Buyers and sellers demand a lot of time from their agents, they ask a lot of questions about the process, they have high expectations for their transactions. Top real estate agents help their clients however they can. But sometimes, simply being honest with clients throughout the entire process is the best way to win them over. An honest agent earns repeat business and excellent referrals from former clients. 

10. A Sense of Humor
Because the real estate industry is so fast-paced and always changing, real estate agents need to be able to take things in stride. Every day and every transaction might not always go exactly as you have it planned. Top agents are able to roll with the punches – and do it with a smile on their face! 

Think you have what it takes to be successful as a real estate agent? Join our team. Contact us today to learn more