So, you’ ve decided to become a real estate agent. How difficult can it be??- Lizl Pretorius
The decision to follow a new career is often exciting, and daunting at the same time.
“If the average age of an estate agent is 57, then 38 is young”, I argued in April 2013 and was ready for the new challenge, when I met the principal of Seeff Nelspruit, whilst she listed the home I was renting. With her encouragement I enrolled in the Seeff Smart Academy, for my NQF4, convinced it would be easy and completed in no time. The Academy offered bi- weekly Skype sessions with facilitators, Seeff Boss Intranet Back up system, E.A.A.B logbook and manual.
Easy Peasy : NOT
If the truth be told, the content of the F.E.T.C.’s N.Q.F.4: Professional Real Estate Agent is not difficult at all, in fact, it’s fascinating. One will soon realize if the choice to follow the career is well suited to your persona. Yet, an intern will find the most difficult aspect of the course to be: time management. Perhaps it was fortune or natural talent, but I was soon selling homes in our small office and town, working 9 to 5 almost 24/7. (Because that is the reality of real estate, it is most definitely rewarding, but hard work.) Studying was put on the back burner becoming an unnecessary evil, P.O.E . assignments were delayed and the EAAB logbook put on the shelf.
Avoid intern mayhem
-Schedule time slots in your diary to do assignments, attend class or Skype session as if it is a doctor’s appointment
-If you battle with a question for more than 5 minutes, phone/Skype for support
-Create a precise Word DOC filing system on your P.C. (assignments are not always in chronological order, and often time is wasted simply trying to locate the assignment on the PC, after not attending to it for 6 weeks)
Almost finished and really a real estate agent
Skype vs. class
-It is great to have Skype support, but it would be much easier to attend class, simply because it would enforce the habit of learning/studying
Yet in the end, it was most likely my Skype facilitator Renate Oosthuizen’s stern, but friendly admonition in September 2014 to complete my outstanding P.O.E. in 3 weeks in order to write the Seeff Assessment exam. I had to take study leave and switch my phone off. (This is extremely difficult, but something every agent has to learn to do)
This folder, when completed after 18 months consisted of two, thick arch-lever files and is sent to SETA via Seeff Smart Academy
Much of the logbook content is repetitive of the POE, however necessary to compile for the EAAB’s attention. ( I kid you not, I couriered mine, it went missing at the E.A.A.B. in Sandton for three weeks. Intern Tip: Scan and copy the file to your hard drive)
There is no feeling like that email feeling , when Seeff Smart Academy lets you know your P.O.E has been found competent. AND , there is absolutely an extra special email feeling, when the email comes from the E.A.A.B Education and Training Department to notify that your missing (!) and found, logbook has been declared compliant and your 12 month internship successful.
Today, I am greeting 2015 with the burden off my shoulders and my focus only on sales, and a soon to be written P.D.E exam.
Here’s to the yellow brick…bumpy… road of becoming a Professional Practioner in Real Estate . You too, can do it. Just do it now.
Written by Lizl Pretorius of Seeff Nelspruit
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