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Hi, my name is Logan Patterson, I am a Realtor in the City of Edmonton. When I am working with clients, I often get inquiries about my job. The flexibility seems attractive and realtor work is never talked about in school so it’s a bit of a mystery! I plan to go over some of my favorite and least favorite parts of being a Realtor. Hopefully this comes in handy for your own career search. Much of this advice may only apply to the realtor job within Alberta, I don’t know how other provinces or countries operate!

The Pros of Being a Realtor

Work Schedule Flexibility

I will include flexibility in both the pro’s and con’s list. The pros are simple, you have complete control over your schedule. You control where you work from (I work from home) and how long you work. I rarely miss special occasions or fun social events due to work as I can plan work around these events! This also means you can have meeting heavy days and days with less meetings and more paperwork. Personally, I like to start the week out with a lot of meetings and slowly taper off by Friday. Then I can enter the weekend with no pending paperwork. I also write a Real Estate Advice articles at the end of every week. Unfortunately though, my weekends are usually just as busy as my weeks – but we’ll get into that in the Cons!

Being a Realtor Suits Workaholics

Do you only feel like you’ve had a productive week if you’re mentally and physically exhausted by Friday? Do your friends side eye you when you tell them how much you work? Tired of putting in the extra effort at work without any benefit? I’d consider real estate! Being a Realtor is one of the few jobs I’ve had where your input drastically determines your earnings. The more you work the more money you make! However, not everyone is equal, you have to have the right stuff. If you have never liked client facing work, or you know you’re not the customer service type, you will not feel the same positive results.

Meeting New People is Actually Good For Your Business

Have you ever felt bad for being too social? If you’re a Realtor, that’s probably the last thing you need to worry about! A lot of social interactions I have, result in additional business. Whether it’s your friends referring you to other people, or just random chance meetings, everyone has homes to buy or sell eventually! If you dread social interaction, parties, or meeting new people, you may not want to be a realtor. That being said, there are a lot of ways to go about being a realtor.

Flexible Approach

For me, being a realtor is all about being social, educated, and diligent. However, there are other ways to gain business. If your true passion lays in a certain art form or intellectual endeavor, you could work as a realtor serving your niche social group of friends or acquaintances, leaving plenty of time to pursue your passions. Although, with this approach, it may not be the most profitable career choice.

The Cons of Being a Realtor

Flexible Work Schedule

That’s right! It goes both ways. You get a flexible schedule which means you can go at your own pace, but it also means you can’t ever really stop. Yea sure, you can go to more social events, but your phone is on the whole time. If an important client calls, any good realtor will know that you better pick up! Yes, this does include weekends and holidays too. This is probably the worst con in my opinion, especially as it becomes more of an onus the more successful you become.

Client Problems Become Your Problem

Seller clients may sometimes demand more from you than you can give them. They may have tight deadlines for getting their house sold that you cannot meet. Or you may tell them a price you can sell their home for that does not come to be. Like any customer service job, you need to occasionally deal with disgruntled clients, which can become stressful.

Chasing Commissions

Being a realtor can sometimes lead to let down. You may be chasing a big deal, and it may fall apart. Or your buyer client you’ve been working with for a few weeks may decide to rent. A deal may even fall apart last minute due to financing! You must learn to live within your means, no pay check is ever guaranteed. For some people that idea of waking up everyday ready to make some money is exhilarating. For others, the thought of waking up essentially unemployed every day is terrifying! You have to be a risk tolerant individual.

Conclusion

This felt good to write! With these pros and cons you should be able to honestly make a solid decision. Becoming a realtor is not a career choice to make lightly, the first few years are difficult, you won’t make much money, but you will learn a lot. Before long, you will be making more money than you know what to do with! Or you may have switched careers.. That honestly seems to be how it works, at least in Edmonton! If you have any questions, please contact me!

Dayneris quintana
Dayneris quintana
We recently had the pleasure of working with Logan to sell our apartment located in Edmonton while we live in Calgary, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Logan did an excellent job making suggestion for a better sale and renovating the apartment, transforming it into a stunning space. Thanks to his efforts, the apartment sold quickly and for above the asking price. Communication was seamless throughout the process. He kept us informed at every stage regarding the renovating process and the interest and in the apartment. We highly recommend Logan Patterson for his dedication, professionalism, and exceptional results. Thank you for your outstanding service!
Clarence Bouwsema
Clarence Bouwsema
Logan helped make the whole process easier and stressful free.
Darren Rankin
Darren Rankin
Couldn't have asked for a better realtor than Logan. Hard-working, punctual, and dedicated, he goes above and beyond regardless of whether you're buying a cozy condo or a dream home. His deep understanding of the market and strong rapport with fellow realtors make the process smooth sailing. Plus, his wealth of advice and keen eye for detail saved me money by catching things others might miss. Highly recommend using his broker, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. Thanks for everything, Logan! PS: If you're a first-time homebuyer, just use his broker. Trust me, you won't regret it!
Michael Coderre
Michael Coderre
Logan was a pleasure to work with. He made recommendations on what would be the best money spent to sell our home quickly, and even lined up the trades and provided quotes for the work. In my opinion his services are a step above my past experiences, and I would highly recommend his services to any home seller. The fact that we sold the home for over asking price with no conditions was definitely the icing on the cake! Thanks Logan.
Harry Yau
Harry Yau
The whole experience selling my property was as easy as it could have been. Logan was incredibly helpful, keeping us up to date with amount of people interested, offers, and counters on a timely basis. He gave us comparable properties to help calibrate our asking price, and kept us updated on sale trends in the Edmonton market. He worked hard for our business, is very professional, and was always understanding of our availability limitations (total of 3 partners making decisions together from 3 different cities). I would hire him again, and would certainly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell in Edmonton.
Jaymee Sison
Jaymee Sison
Logan made the whole sale process from start to finish very easy. I live in a different city from where the property is located so I wasn't readily available to help with the sale. Logan coordinated photos, showings and best of all, he was respectful and mindful of our tenants who were currently living in the property. Thank you for your hard work Logan. We couldn't have been happier with the sale! $21K over list price!
Reid Tames
Reid Tames
Logan was phenomenal and super accommodating when it came to helping us buy our first home! We had so many questions and were challenging with our schedule but he was able to make it all work for US! Would highly recommend to any friends and family!!
MVP Power Inc
MVP Power Inc
Logan did an amazing job! He was very patient as we had seen several houses and willing to meet us any time. He was very knowledgeable about the neighbourhoods we wanted to buy in.

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