36 Reasons to be Grateful You’re a Real Estate Agent

Being a real estate agent has its ups and downs. This time of year it’s good to explore what you’re grateful for. Here’s a list of 36 reasons you might want to be grateful you’re in real estate.
  1. You’re working for yourself.
  2. You can pick and choose your clients.
  3. You can control the hours your work – really.
  4. You can choose where you want to work.
  5. You can build your own real estate portfolio.
  6. You can work with a team, or,
  7. You can work solo.
  8. You meet wonderful people you’d find no other way.
  9. You get to see what’s behind the For Sale sign instead of just wondering as you drive by.
  10. There’s usually coffee in the office.
  11. There’s no cap on your income.
  12. Properly done, real estate is a ‘helping’ profession leading to high job satisfaction.
  13. You’ll rarely be bored.
  14. You can do a lot of your work from home… in some cases all of it.
  15. You experience a full range of emotions.
  16. You work with peers.
  17. You can exercise your true creativity – marketing and working with people.
  18. There is always opportunity in real estate, no matter what the market is doing.
  19. The ups and downs in your income keep you on your toes and creative.
  20. Your schedule is flexible so you can be there for friends and family.
  21. You get to use all your problem-solving skills.
  22. You can focus on what you most love – whatever that is.
  23. Since you work for yourself, even when you work for a broker, you’re never out of a job.
  24. Your work makes a big impact on people’s lives.
  25. Real estate teaches you a lot about people.
  26. Because of real estate you also understand others who are on commissions and treat them better than many.
  27. Real estate may help you surface new skills, like photography or flyer design.
  28. Real estate doesn’t require investing tens of thousands of dollars in education.
  29. You can change where and how you work pretty easily.
  30. You can become a broker and open your own office.
  31. Real estate lets you challenge yourself in a variety of ways, from goals to specialization – your choice.
  32. You become an expert on your community in ways most others don’t.
  33. You rarely are stuck in the office.
  34. You have more freedom than most other jobs offer.
  35. Real estate agents are often admired.
  36. Your success really is up to you.
What did I miss? Add your grateful thoughts in comments.
Anne Wayman real estate writer