11 Traits of a Successful Real Estate Agent

April 28, 2022
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Traits of a successful real estate agent

Connecting with and reaching people is the core of what real estate is. Even though the job is filled with understanding the sales process, coordinating a thousand different things at once, and sometimes having to be the bad guy, your main goal is to please your clients. 

With this in mind, becoming a successful real estate agent involves being comfortable speaking to people from anywhere around the world, understanding the world of real estate, and having a comprehensive sales history to support your brand.  

There are a few important characteristics that people find necessary in their real estate agents. Read on to learn about these certain qualities. 

Communication is key with clients

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If you are just entering the game, you may be wondering what do real estate agents do? In short, they communicate. 

Any real estate agent has to be a seasoned vet when it comes to communicating properly with clients, businesses, and their teams. This means keeping your seller or buyer up-to-speed on everything that is going on in the sales process and more.

One of the biggest complaints people have for unsuccessful real estate agents is their lack of communication. Without this consistent line of contact, time-sensitive matters, as well as your clients’ patience, can run thin. 

A step ahead in sales

Becoming a successful real estate agent is just as much about people as it is about understanding the world of sales. It is preferable if you have a strong sales background but knowing how to keep up with the sales process is the main priority.

A good agent has it in their mind that proactively contacting potential buyers, and staying in constant communication with existing customers, all while keeping up with the latest news on the market is what will solidify trust with their clients. 

Being well informed about the entire process is the best thing you can do to be a step ahead when it comes to sales.

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Listening to your clients

Another great quality of a successful real estate agent is being able to listen effectively. If your agent is taking up most of the time in your conversations, you may want to rethink

The client or customer should be the priority; therefore, they should be the ones in control of the conversation. Their wants and needs should be properly communicated to the agent so that they thoroughly understand how to fulfil their wishes.

You should find out what way your client likes to communicate and then open up your line of communication for any potential questions. Rather than rambling on about what you think is best for them, it is important that a real estate agent listen and execute.   

Putting clients first

As mentioned before, the duties of a real estate agent involve making decisions that are client motivated. Essentially, your opinion does not matter until your client decides that it matters. 

This is because the customer’s success is, in turn, the agent’s success. A good deal for them means a good deal for you. This is why it is crucial that, as a real estate agent, you put your vendors first. 

The process of buying and selling a house is incredibly stressful, so putting your client’s satisfaction first is a must.    

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Knowing the time frame is crucial

Urgency is always going to be a factor when making decisions. If you are unaware of how urgent or nonurgent your client is, you have made your first mistake.

A successful real estate agent knows if the client is in a hurry to buy or sell. This way, they will be able to shift the timeframe around to please their customer. On the other hand, if you are absent in this knowledge, you can guarantee room for client-agent mistrust

If you find that your client is not in a rush, then you can resort to seeking out other options if the market is not in the best place or advising them of their alternate choices. Whatever it is, understanding how eager your client is will allow for a smoother process.

Knowing your clients

If you do not know the reasons behind why your customer or client is buying or selling, you are setting yourself up for failure. Knowing basics like this can set you up to be a successful real estate agent. 

The reason for this is that if you know their motivations, you are more likely to know what it is that they are looking for. Sure, they can just communicate their desires to you, but having a clear picture of their motivations in mind can serve you both in the long run.  

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Having some experience 

Real estate agent skills don’t just expose themselves all of a sudden. In order to build an impressive client list, you should already have something to show for it.  

If a prospective client is questioning your abilities, having a list of past clients to use as references can be incredibly helpful. There’s no shame in bragging about your wins!

Knowledgeable customers may even ask you for testimonials or statements to fact cheque, so try your best to be ready for anything. 

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