Why is it a good profession to get into?
I like dealing with the general public and like a bit of a challenge, which is important in this line of work. I look at my job as one where I am helping people to achieve their dreams and find it fulfilling and satisfying because of this.
Property Consultancy is definitely a growing industry – there are more and more agencies setting up in Norfolk. I chose this industry because I want to make buying a home a good experience for people. It is meant to be one of the most stressful things that happen in your life but I want it to be an enjoyable one too. I am passionate about giving people support and help through the house-buying process and making the experience as positive as possible.
What does the work involve?
My day is a long one. I usually switch my phone on at 7.30am and turn it off at 9.30pm, but my day starts at 8.30am and finishes about 6.30pm on average. Throughout the day I am viewing properties, spending time with clients, phoning people to see how viewings have gone and answering correspondence. Every day is different.
Most of the year is quite busy. The quietest times are during school holiday times.
I got into this job primarily because my dad was in the property business and I was interested from a young age. I started IM Your Property Consultant in 2009 and things have grown from then.
What are the positives/negatives of this profession?
Anyone who wants to get into the property business has to realise that they have to put lots of time and energy into their work, initially for very little reward.
On the positive side, I love the meeting people and helping translate the world of mortgages to the uninitiated. I also like the fact that I am able to realise people’s ambitions by enabling them to buy the house of their dreams. However, there is a negative side to my work too. Estate agents have a bad image in the press and with people so I am always trying to change people’s opinions of my profession. Also it can be hard when someone is not able to purchase the house they want due to the lenders being unhelpful.
Is there much local demand for people trained in this area?
There will always be demand for property consultants as long as there are properties to buy! The company is currently going through a restructure at the moment, so we are looking to take on an apprentice in the future and I am always interested in meeting new people to see what they have to offer. If you are interested in working in this profession you can drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
What would employers look for in someone applying for a vacancy?
To work in this industry you need to be driven and have the right personality for the job. You need to be able to work with a wide range of people and understand how to talk to people. You also need lots of commons sense, good organisational skills, good communications skills and up to date IT skills.
Having life experience also helps as if you have bought a house yourself you know what the client is going through and can advise them from what you went through.
I didn’t go to university but studied whilst working and have mortgage advice certificates and financial advice qualifications.