Human beings learn from others naturally. As young children, we imitate our parents. As teenagers, we look to our peers for role models — sometimes with mixed results. When it comes to the business world and home sales in particular, finding the right mentor can make all the difference.
Benefits of Having a Real Estate Mentor
- Network building. A mentor can introduce you to new contacts, potential buyers, and supportive allies in your industry and the community who can become an excellent source of referrals.
- Offer insights. A mentor can provide multiple perspectives culled from their years of sales experience to help you avoid some of the pitfalls and reap some early successes.
- Valuable resource. From open house to negotiating a sale, a mentor is an excellent role model for how to handle yourself in a wide range of home sale situations.
- Coach and confidant. In addition to providing feedback and constructive criticism, a mentor can provide the kind of support you need to help improve your overall performance. A mentor can help identify your strengths and work with you to overcome weaknesses. They can set the pace and help shape an effective and purposeful work ethic.
- Professional development. A good mentor can provide you with a global view of the real estate industry. They can also help you articulate a vision for your professional future and may even be instrumental in helping you reach your goal.
- Friend and partner. The best mentor situations often result in a lifelong friendship. A bond between two professionals who listen to one another, share sage advice and act as sounding boards as needed.
- Wisdom and knowledge. A good mentor is a life coach teaching you how to handle disappointment and grow through failure. They can help keep priorities straight and point out when your work and life are out of balance
- Mentors beget mentors. Mentoring is as good for the mentor as it is for the mentee. It offers the mentor a new perspective on the industry and aspects of their sales process that may have become stale.
The Bottom Line
For the mentor, the satisfaction that comes with helping a “newbie” get a strong start in their career can be extremely rewarding. For the mentee, a strong bond with a like-minded agent who they can trust to be honest and supportive can make all the difference between success and failure.
Turn your job into the career you want by finding a seasoned real estate agent who is willing to share their experiences, expertise, industry knowledge, and wisdom in ways that can help you personally and professionally