Being a leasing agent in this economy can be challenging – the work is just as hard as ever, demand for rentals is cutthroat, and the weak housing market isn’t helping with commissions. Whether you’re a pro at the top of your game or a beginner learning the ropes of real estate, it’s important to remember why you’re in the field and the perks that you just can’t get anywhere else.
You’re always learning. With each client comes a different set of personalities, wants, and needs to work with. Pair this with a constantly changing real estate market, and no two days are ever the same.
You have a flexible schedule. Being an agent gives you the freedom to set your own schedule and make time for family and personal life. Of course, how much you earn depends on how much you work, but that’s another perk of being your own boss.
Meet interesting people. You never know who your next client will be – a pro poker player, comic artist, or sous chef? Getting to know the newcomers to the community and helping them get settled also builds your professional network.
You’re not attached to your desk. Okay, so maybe you have an unhealthy relationship with your smartphone. But on the flipside, you’re not chained to an office chair for 8 hours day staring at a computer screen. Instead, you could be at a showing or community event, or getting to know a client over coffee.
All that stress leads to excitement – of signing a lease, that is. After marketing all those listings, scheduling showings, and drawing up paperwork, the victory of closing a lease comes with an adrenaline rush – how’s that for motivation?
Jennifer Chan is the Marketing Coordinator at RentJuice and manager of the RentJuice blog, The Rental Standard. RentJuice makes easy-to-use software that allows rental professionals to manage the entire leasing process, from getting listings to closing deals, in one place.