An astronaut? A footballer? A policewoman? I’m sure you may recall many other professions that children and young people have celebrated as what they aspire to do once they hit the employment market, or that you as a child said you would become. Equally, there’s a few jobs I’d be willing to bet that almost no-one picked at that age, say for instance chartered accountant, recruitment management or, dare I say it, estate agent!
Let’s face it, Teachers have an important role to play in educating people, Police are hugely instrumental in securing law and order, and everyone needs a home – this is what we need Estate Agents for! I co-founded Rolfe East in 1983, and have learned a few things along the way.
If you’re considering dipping your toes in the profession of estate agency, or if you’ve already got your feet wet, there are two things which I think are most important to think about and choices for you to make.
The first is location. Obviously people buy homes in every part of the UK (and abroad), but there is a massive variation. Contrast working in a village estate agents in Devon, to a London high street estate agent. These two jobs would be starkly different in so many ways; footfall, demographics, transport, property types. It’s an opportunity then for would-be estate agents to find what are the pros and cons of working across the continuum of estate agencies in different locales, and all the quirks that go along with this.
The second, and possibly more important, is who you work for. Now, obviously, I’m biased in this area. It is my belief that it is better to work for an independent company who are people oriented than to work to a sales spreadsheet in some of the larger chains. At Rolfe East, we are investors in people, we sponsor our staff to take their NAEA and ARLA exams, and perhaps these are partly responsible for our low turnover of staff.
Actually, 1 in 7 of our staff now are returners – who tried other careers like recruitment or construction – but came back to us, because of who we are as a company and the profession itself. If we are able to do this, I am also confident that there are other independent, reputable estate agencies around the country, and these are where I believe the best opportunities are for good, honest, hardworking estate agents.