The invaluable mentor

Posted by on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 10:03am.

By Kaitlin Krug-Byrd

The real estate world can be brutal for an agent just getting started. Challenges are inevitable, but reaching out to a mentor can help jump-start your career during your first year.

I sat down with a couple fresh agents, Ty Hart and Dan Garbe, to ask them about their mentoring experiences. Here are a few key pieces of advice they give fellow new agents:

It’s not a walk in the Park.

Begin your mentorship with the mentality that it won’t be easy. In a lot of cases, your mentor will encourage you to do work independently. It will be demanding, challenging, and stressful, but it’ll also be worth it. Regardless of whether or not you have a mentor, you will come across major hurdles. However, with a mentor, you have a contact that you can feel comfortable reaching out to with those questions instead of trying to stay afloat on your own. Your mentor can be your lifeline.

Having a Mentor is the Best Preparation You Can Have.

A good mentor won’t just use you as their office aid. They will show you the ropes; they will include you in the action. Having a mentor offers an expedited learning process because you’ll be forced to figure things out on your own and discover strategies that work for you. A good mentorship shows you what the career will be like once you’re on your own, but offers some training wheels to keep you on balance. Even something as simple as listening to a seasoned agent interact with clients on the phone can give you a lot of insight on how the business works. They know what they’re doing, so absorb as much information as possible from their daily interactions. This way, hopefully you’ll be protected from detrimental mistakes because you will be ahead of the learning curve.


A Viable and Lasting Contact

Once you really are on your own, your business connections will keep you in the game. You’ll be grateful to have a meaningful contact early on. Even if you feel comfortable on your own, chances are you won’t have all the answers right off the bat. A good mentor will teach you that it’s okay not to know everything, and they can be a reliable resource to you even after your mentorship runs its course. If you work hard for them and demonstrate commitment to the field, a mentor will almost always be happy to assist you in the future.

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