The corporate world of nine-to-five jobs isn’t for everybody, but it’s not like that’s something to be sad about. If anything, it just shows that every person is built differently and that they are free to pursue the careers they want. Fortunately, not all industries require people to stay inside the office all day, like real estate. Here’s a typical day in the life of a busy real estate agent:
Morning: Go by the office to drop off or pick up paperwork
Most real estate agents work within an agency, mainly because it can be difficult to find buyers or sellers as a freelancer. That’s why their days usually begin when they come by their office to drop off or pick up some paperwork. After all, it can be confusing to simply rely on their memory alone if their clients ask for details regarding the properties.
So, they’ll head to the office to grab or submit what they need and then proceed to the next task on their list. If they don’t have to do anything at the office, they won’t even need to come in because it’s not like other jobs where they need to clock in and out. That’s one of the benefits of working in real estate.
Noon: Meet with clients looking for properties
Meetings with clients often depend on their availability, but some buyers usually prefer to get this out of the way before they proceed with their days. That’s why it’s only natural for real estate agents to meet with the clients first before they do their other tasks, especially if the buyers asked to be squeezed in early.
However, looking for properties can be very time-consuming, particularly if the agent has to schedule or accommodate multiple buyers within the time frame. This is why it would be wise for them to prep no-reheat lunch meals that they could keep in their bags, so they can simply eat en route. That way, they won’t miss out on any meals and keep their momentum.
Afternoon: Stage a property for an open house
Since real estate agents meet with clients directly, they’ll have more insight into how potential buyers would want to see a house staged for showing. Agents often undertake the staging of properties for an open house, but of course, they’ll have a few extra hands to make the job easier.
Most agents truly enjoy staging a house because it allows them to put their interior designing skills to the test. The real estate professionals no longer take part in this process after the sales are closed, so having the chance to stage houses and show them to potential buyers can be a gratifying job.
Dusk: Negotiate a house sale with prospecting buyers
It’s not uncommon for buyers to close deals after the sun has already set, especially if they’re working nine-to-five jobs. Besides, signing the paperwork often takes place inside the office so that both parties can negotiate the sale and go over the contract, so it only makes sense to have it scheduled on the last part of the working day.
Of course, it’s different for every prospecting buyer. If the sale is happening on a weekend, it might be more acceptable to have it early in the day since most people don’t have prior engagements in the morning. But it still boils down to the meeting time that the agent and the buyer have agreed on.
Evening: Go over tomorrow’s schedule to prepare
There’s nothing quite like being prepared to face the following workday. If the real estate agent is meticulous in their work and prefers having all their plans laid out before crawling into bed, it might make sense for them to prepare ahead of time. Besides, it can lead to a more satisfying sleep.
Every working day varies for real estate agents because they’re not on a stringent time frame like other working professionals. Their schedules are dictated by what they need to accomplish, which means that some days can be shorter or longer than the others. But that’s also what makes it more liberating to those in the real estate industry.
This career path is perfect for people who don’t want to be tied to their nine-to-five jobs for the rest of their lives. Sure, it can be exhausting having to be on the go all the time, but it has just as many perks as the usual career path, or maybe even more. At the end of the day, what matters is that the people are happy with the kind of lives they’re leading for themselves.