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Statistics show that there are around two million people working as real estate agents in the United States today.

Depending on the area they work in and the type of property they deal with, however, the job of a realtor can vary significantly from one day to the next. A day in the life of a real estate agent isn’t always easy to describe accurately.

For those of you wondering what your local Realtor actually does, or thinking of getting involved in the profession yourselves, we’ve used this article to outline the methods by which we put buyers into the properties of their dreams.

Read on to find out more.

A Day in the Life of a Real Estate Agent

When reading a “day in the life” piece on someone from a different profession, like a teacher or an office worker, you could get a breakdown of their morning and afternoon that would apply to almost every working day of their year. For a real estate agent, however, it’s not quite that simple.

The life of a real estate agent revolves around making property sales. That means that the schedule preferences of the realtor are always secondary to those of the buyer and seller. A real estate agent structures their timetable to best suit the needs of their clients, which means that it can take a different shape every day of the week.

However, there are certain tasks and functions that a realtor will have to carry out most weeks, if not most days. We’ve looked at a few of the most important ones below.

Client Interaction

No business can function without clients. When you’re in real estate, the size and quality of your client base will be dictated by your knowledge of your local property market, but also by the effort you make to interact with clients. Most realtors spend a given amount of time each day answering inquiry emails and liaising with those clients going through a purchase or sale.

This side of a real estate agent’s job also involves lead generation. Approaches to lead generation vary widely, but you should always remember that everyone needs real estate at some point in their lives. Therefore, everybody you meet is a potential client.

Open Houses & Showings

Open houses are what many people immediately think of when they hear the word “realtor.” They are, in truth, a big part of the job. Open houses and showings are instrumental in many property sales. Allowing interested parties to come to view the house can create initial interest around the property, but it can also add to the existing demand for a home and potentially increase its price.

Of course, an effective showing strategy is highly dependent on the realtor. If a property is presented badly, it might turn off a buyer who would otherwise have been interested.

With this in mind, preparation is key. The house must be perfectly clean, properly arranged, and generally looking like the sort of place that a new buyer would be delighted to spend the rest of their lives in. The responsibility for having it in this condition ultimately falls to the realtor.

While not many real estate agents will take it upon themselves to vacuum the stairs or scrub the floors, the organization involved in having this kind of work done is their job.

An important open house could keep a real estate agent occupied for days on end, leaving little time for anything else.

Administrative Duties

As is the case in any profession, there are always certain boxes to be ticked. Administration for a real estate agent involves things like filing records, drawing up budgets, and deciding on business plans for the future.

Although this is vital work, it’s not always time-sensitive. A good real estate agent should always prioritize client-facing work ahead of these kinds of tasks.

Maintaining a Work-Life Balance

When we discuss the daily lives of real estate agents, it’s easy to get caught up in the professional side of things. Realtors are busy people, and many struggle to find time for anything outside of showing houses, dealing with clients, and catching up on paperwork.

However, we don’t want to promote that kind of lifestyle. It’s not healthy, and, after a while, it’s not even productive. The people who enjoy the most success in the real estate business are those who know how to balance professional obligations with other activities.

Below are some of the things we and others in the business do to maintain that all-important balance in life.

Exercise

Making time to keep your body healthy is one of the most important things you can do as a busy professional. 

While an uncertain schedule can make it impossible to stick to a daily exercise regimen, there’s no excuse for neglecting it entirely. No matter how hectic your day gets, there’s always time for a quick run or walk.

Meditation

A growing body of evidence, both clinical and anecdotal, is gathering to tell us of the benefits of mindfulness meditation, especially for those with busy working lives. The idea of sitting down to concentrate on your breathing for a few minutes at a time might seem odd to some people, but it’s well worth incorporating into your daily routine.

Time with Friends & Family

If you can’t make time to be with the people that mean the most to you, you’re working too hard and something needs to change. No real estate agent will be at their best if they’re not spending regular downtime with family and friends.

Thriving as a Real Estate Agent in 2020

As you can see, a day in the life of a real estate agent can be a challenging one.

Rest assured, however, that it’s hugely rewarding as well. Good real estate agents take pride and pleasure in the work they do, and love nothing more than seeing someone satisfied with their new property.

If you’re buying or selling property in Bucks County and you want our help, contact us today.

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