The morning routine is back again. Up and at ‘em before the sun rises, on a second (third, no judgment) cup of coffee, and it’s already time for staff meetings. The weekends aren’t really always “off”, you’re constantly fixing problems that make you rethink the future leaders of this country, and the paperwork rivals a law office. But then it happens. You see that student that was unable to conceptualize fractions last week completely ace their math exam.
You’re a teacher, the most underrated profession in America.
The ability to pass empathy and knowledge to another human being in an organized manner is a gift that a large majority of the population not only lack but cannot even truly comprehend. You work hard to pass information to your students and equip them with the necessary tools to develop into productive members of society and believe it or not, these skills translate heavily in the world of real estate.
Educating different parties, constantly learning new subjects within our respective fields, and understanding a client’s needs is at the forefront of what Realtors do. Teachers possess many of the defining qualities needed to be a successful real estate agent and are benefited beyond their gifts and skills, but also with the added bonus of a bit of flexibility within one’s schedule.
Does the world of real estate interest you?
Are you a teacher looking to potentially supplement your income?
Take a minute and examine how your life as an educator has prepared you perfectly for a career in real estate.
Life as a teacher isn’t always the easiest and neither is selling real estate, but the rewarding feeling of helping a struggling student understand new concepts is comparable to assisting homeowners to take the next step in their journey in life. From your availability, ability to go the extra mile, and experience in negotiating even the smallest of details, we take a closer look at why teachers make great real estate agents.
Teachers Possess Empathy and Negotiation Skills
Your training and experience in dealing with conflict resolution between students will go a long way in the listing and negotiation phases of real estate. Clients, much like students, have a distinct reason for your services. Being equipped to help realize their move from an idea into an actuality will help during the challenging times in the process. Each client you pitch to list their home with you as well as each closing in which you assist in ironing out the details of the sale will be presented in a different and unique manner. Every time you complete a transaction, the path taken will have been a different one than the roads before it. Helping clients with the stress of moving and lessening their load will help you provide clients with peace of mind and build a strong reputation as a Realtor who puts the client first and gets things done.
Teachers Understand People
While you may not understand why your 4th graders thought it would be fun to watch a bunch of teenagers and young adults play Fortnite on their iPhone, you do understand what makes them “tick” and how they are able to be reached. Understanding how to reach and educate people will help you not only gain clients as a Realtor but also how to maintain them once they have signed.
Teachers Are Not Afraid to Go The Extra Mile
Teaching is not a 9 to 5 job. I’d type it again but as an educator, this standalone statement is more than just a fact, it is a lifestyle. The same will ring true in the world of real estate, especially with communication of all sorts literally in the palm of our hands. Clients will expect quick methods of communicating with you at times that are convenient for their schedule. On top of this, when you combine the various typical real estate duties such as open houses, continued education classes, networking events, etc., it can be easy to see how Realtors do not work a typical job schedule either. Thankfully most of the paperwork has been simplified due to the Internet, but it still needs to be completed and partially written for each deal. Be prepared to look at real estate related items during “non-real estate hours”.
Teachers Are Organized
Hundreds to thousands of students within a school, multiple subject matters, tests, quizzes, homework schedules, lesson plans, field trips, extracurricular activities…we’ve mentioned how underappreciated you all are right? I’m tired just listing the variety of activities a teacher covers and organizes during their normal duties.
The good news is that your organizational skills will pay off big time in the world of real estate that will allow you to stay ahead of the competition and produce satisfied customers deal after deal.
Real estate is a multi-faceted industry involving renters, landlords, buyers, and sellers. The daily tasks of marketing properties, yourself, negotiating deals, and monitoring the marketplace, just to name a few, will all require a tremendous amount of planning and organization to be successful. Teachers have a leg up on most as they are experienced in practicing this skill in their daily routine.
Teachers Can Convey A Message to an Audience
Every day you use your abilities to take a message and present it clearly to an audience with the overall goal of having them retain as much information as possible. You possess the ability to connect with your audience and this skill can bolster your real estate career to new heights. Connecting with prospective clients will help you build relationships and trust and gain a client base that will provide a pool of income for years to come. Speaking to an audience can also help when you are negotiating their buying or selling transaction.
Teachers Are Experienced In Conflict Resolution
Every single real estate transaction you come across will be a walk in the park as flowers bloom and the sun shines upon your face.
Did you believe any of that? We didn’t think so.
While we would love to live in a world of ideal circumstances, we also know that life happens. Buyers and sellers are not going to always see eye to eye on everything and one of the biggest reasons your clients will hire you is to avoid the opportunity for conflict presented in closing real estate deals.
In the same manner that not every day in class or every lesson has always gone as smoothly as a teacher would hope, the fact remains that it is the educator’s responsibility to maintain the classroom and ensure the lesson is taught and understood. Realtors too must navigate disruptions and see to it that the deal is completed for their clients. By having experience in resolving conflict and moving forward, teachers have acquired a highly useable skill to survive and control even the most difficult of negotiations.
Moving is an important part of anyone’s life and the very process has an impact that can last a lifetime. In the same way that teaching a child can help them grow into a better version of themselves, helping families move can help families grow into better versions of themselves also.
Real estate is the perfect industry to continue to make a difference in people’s lives, supplement your income, productively pass the time during summer, or simply start a new career altogether.
Thinking of getting involved in the real estate industry?