There comes a time in a successful real estate agent’s career when there is more work to do than hours in a day. If the business is to grow, a qualified assistant or virtual assistant needs to be found, hired, and trained. It’s a big step, with many things to consider. Without an assistant, you can’t move forward. Hire the wrong assistant, and you take a step backward.
Recently I was asked to help a successful real estate team in Portland, OR find an assistant. Finding a qualified real estate assistant isn’t as easy as posting a wanted advertisement. The need and demand for a real estate assistant is greater than the supply. The skill set needs to be tailored to a residential or commercial real estate business’ needs and licensing may be necessary.
Below are some links to blog posts that can be helpful in evaluating the need for an assistant, what the assistant should be able to do, and how to find one:
I suggested that the real estate team read these posts to evaluate how they planned to use the assistant to build their business. I then did some online research and offered the following suggestions to locate qualified assistant candidates:
Explore hiring an online Real Estate Professional Assistant service such as Online REPA
E-mail local real estate schools with the job description so that they can communicate it to their current and former students. A list of approved pre-license real estate schools in Oregon can be found here.
E-mail or talk to principal / managing brokers who may have failing agents better suited to working as an assistant.
Portland Community College has a real estate program. Communicate the job opening to the dean and instructors.
Talk to current real estate assistants that you know. If they’re part-time, maybe they’d like to add hours by working part-time with you also.
Ask current real estate assistants and agents if they know anyone that they can recommend you talk to about an assistant position.
If you have an assistant, how did you find him or her and was it a good business move for you?
Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He works as a Regional Marketing Manager for the Home Lending division of a large community bank and enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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