Get Involved In YOUR Association!
It’s understandable if you feel too overloaded to consider volunteering. The first few years in real estate can be hectic and command much of your attention. But you should consider the potential benefits of volunteering. Getting involved in yourAssociation can be very rewarding by giving you opportunities to network with other real estate professionals, build relationships in your local business community, make contact with potential clients, and find an avenue to express yourself outside of work.
How to Get Started
Your first step is to discover an area of service that you find fulfilling. It may not be what you originally expected. Once you determine how you want to get involved in your Association make sure you don’t overestimate the time you have to offer.
During these first years in your career, don’t worry about the amount of time you volunteer. People will be impressed more by your consistency rather than the volume of your aspirations. The totality of your actions in the community will contribute to your reputation as a reliable businessperson and citizen.
The Benefits of Volunteering
- Association involvement establishes that you care about your profession and your community.
- Volunteering puts you in contact with other community-minded people, who can teach you the crucial business issues impacting the community (e.g., employment issues, zoning issues, etc.).
- These experiences can offer you the opportunity to learn skills to work with press releases and handle telephone calls or can entail public speaking opportunities with local media. This is practical experience for your real estate career.
An Avenue for Professional Growth
- Communication Skills. Association service can bring you into contact with people from a much more diverse background than you are used to. Greater ease in interacting with a wide range of people will make you faster on your feet in your work with homebuyers and sellers.
- Ethics. Volunteering makes you more attentive to the interests of other members and putting their needs before your own, which are the principles enshrined in the REALTORS®’ Code of Ethics. Your reputation will grow as a person who can be trusted in business.
- Negotiating. You may find that fund-raising is an area that appeals to you. For example, running a fund-raising event requires you to get other volunteers to participate as well as convince local businesses to donate raffle prizes, food, or event space. These efforts test and build the same abilities required to carry your sales though to closing.
- Time Management. Real estate is not a 9-to-5 job in a stationary office. The successful real estate practitioner must balance a variety of tasks: open houses, listing presentations, viewings, offer presentations, inspections, and closings, as well as juggle office-based tasks, such as organizing marketing campaigns, meeting clients, and handling paperwork. Many practitioners say that perseverance in scheduling community service has helped them learn to juggle their overall business commitments.