Behind every successful real estate agent is a wise mentor.
One of the best tactics to grow your career in the property industry is finding someone who can teach you about the ins and outs of the business. Every real estate professional can benefit from a wise mentor, whether they’re just starting out or have been in the business for years.
Over time, you learn from their experiences and mistakes, get encouragement during trying times, and gain more confidence in making professional decisions. The question now is how exactly do you find yourself a mentor especially in the midst of a pandemic? Here are some practical tips to make it happen:
Attend Virtual Events
Real-estate-related events are obviously a magnet to industry professionals. It’s the perfect avenue to find someone you can look up to. Before the pandemic, these people can be the person manning some booth in an expo or the facilitator leading your group at a seminar. In the new normal, they can be the ones who responded to your query in the comments section or your “classmate” in the Lamudi Academy training session.
The idea here is to make yourself visible in events, even in simple virtual seminars such as promoting Pag-IBIG foreclosed properties in Cavite. Participate actively in these occasions so that you can gauge better who among the crowds is worth following and engaging.
Reconnect with Previous Contacts
Sometimes, you don’t even have to form new relationships to find mentors. Typically, there are good candidates in your social circle already. In this case, it’s just a matter of connecting with them again. Start looking at your professional bubbles, such as those from your internship and former employers. If you pursued a real estate management course, check in with your past professors and classmates, going through alumni networks.
Once you have a list of names, get in touch with the people through professional networking platforms, such as LinkedIn. Build on your common ground as you ask for their interest in mentoring you.
Join Social Media Groups
Participate in Facebook groups that are related to the brokerage industry. Members here would usually share helpful resources, such as links to interesting articles or infographics of the current foreclosure house and lot market. These posts are avenues for networking. Comment your thoughts to engage others. Show your knowledge of the industry and increase the likelihood of being noticed and “proposed to” for mentorship.
On the flip side, when sharing useful content yourself, pose a question at the end of your post. In this strategy, you want to draw out individuals who would provide substantial advice, and would be worth following up on. The bottom line is, have a healthy balance of showing off your expertise and showing that you’re teachable.
Follow Your Mentor
In some cases, we already have a mentor in mind. We’ve seen them talk in television shows or local real estate events. We admire their expertise that we want to have them coaching us in our professional decisions. In this case, continue following your eyed mentor.
Go to their virtual speaking engagements. If they have a social media page, like it and share their posts. Message the page once in a while, asking for advice. Read up their insights on certain types of investments or forecasts on the foreclosure house and lot market. In other words, cultivate a relationship with them. This will increase the likelihood of them noticing and taking you under their wing.
Volunteer in Causes
A lot of successful real estate professionals who have already retired support advocacies related to the housing industry. It’s their way of giving back, so to speak. If there’s a cause that has picked up your interest, go ahead and show your support. Attend events. In the age of the new normal, a lot of these things are happening online, so it’s more convenient to follow.
As always, participate actively when attending. Get to know the organizers of the event. If possible, promote their events on your personal social media accounts. Over time, you might just be part of the group itself, fighting for an advocacy you believe in while meeting people who can help you in your career.
You need someone who can coach and encourage you in this cutthroat industry of real estate brokerage. Find a mentor. Even in this pandemic, you surely can build a relationship with someone.