Transitioning to Real Estate from a Full-Time Job

Making the leap from a full-time job into the exciting landscape of the real estate industry is exhilarating and could lead to the financial freedom you’ve always wanted.

But like any massive decision, it’s best to learn as much as you can about what awaits before you dive in.

That’s why we’ve put together some insightful advice to ensure you’re as prepared as possible to transition from a regular worker to a highly motivated and independent business professional. 

If you have a specific question that’s not addressed below, please feel free to reach out to us directly and start a conversation. 

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The “Best” Mistakes to Make as A New Real Estate Agent

As a new real estate agent, you’re bound to make a few missteps when you first embark on this exciting journey. But it’s always smart to be proactive. 

It’s human nature to make mistakes, but they present a beneficial opportunity to learn and grow. It’s even better to learn from the mistakes of others before you waste valuable time and energy. 

That’s why we’ve put together this crucial list of lessons from industry thought leaders which will serve as a road map to success so you can avoid these common pitfalls and thrive in your chosen career

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How To Prepare For The Illinois Real Estate License Exam

Passing the real estate licensing exam is the first step on the road to your successful career in real estate. But passing the exam itself can seem like a big hurdle. Are you ready? The good news is that a lot of the techniques you apply to the real estate license exam — great study habits, a systematic approach to the exam, and a thorough understanding of the subject matter — will serve you well in your career as a broker or agent. Learn more about the Illinois Real Estate Exam and how to prepare yourself for success.

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Strategies To Write The Winning Offer, Every Time

Strategies To Write The Winning Offer, Every Time

In a hot seller’s market, making your clients’ offer stand out can make the difference between closing a deal and starting the home search process over. And while offering the best possible price for a property is probably the most common way to ensure your clients’ offer finds its way to the top of the seller’s inbox, it’s not the only way to make sure your offer attracts attention. Learn more about some strategies to write the winning offer, every time.

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How Two New Agents Went From 0 To Rookie Of The Year In 2021

How Two New Agents Went From 0 To Rookie Of The Year In 2021

Starting a business — any business — is a tough proposition. And starting out as a rookie real estate agent is tougher than setting up shop in almost any other industry. Building relationships, creating a robust referral network, and developing the habits and workflows that allow an agent to balance business servicing with business origination can all make it seem daunting to stand up a real estate brokerage.

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The Unexpected Benefits Of A Career At Baird & Warner Lincoln Park

The Unexpected Benefits Of A Real Estate Career At Baird & Warner Lincoln Park

Real estate is a relationship business. And whether you’re just starting out on your real estate career or are a seasoned professional looking to grow a thriving business, the importance of your partnerships cannot be overstated. Your brokerage is more than just a name on a shingle, it’s a set of support systems, mentorship, training, and tools. 

At Baird & Warner Lincoln Park, you’ll have access to Chicagoland’s most powerful tools, resources, and support, so that you can keep your attention where it belongs — on turning your business into everything you want it to be. Read on to learn more about the unexpected benefits of a real estate career at Baird & Warner Lincoln Park.

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Chicago’s Fall and Winter 2021 Real Estate Market Outlook

Chicago's Fall and Winter 2021 Real Estate Market Outlook

What do the remaining months of 2021 have in store for the Chicago real estate market — and how can brokers prepare themselves for the rest of the year? 

Looking at current trends, it is clear that there is an enormous amount of opportunity in the marketplace going into the fall. Agents who commit to understanding the market and putting in the work are in a prime position to set themselves up for a strong showing through the rest of the year, while also setting up for a strong beginning of 2022.

Let’s dig into some important trends that will shape the market through the rest of the year and beyond: 

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Agent Spotlight: Kate O’Neill

Kate O'Neill Agent Spotlight

Though she is still early in her real estate career, broker Kate O’Neill has already learned a lot of valuable lessons — and earned some impressive successes in less than one full year in the business. 

For one thing, Kate has yet to have a buyer of hers pay above list price, “which is pretty big in the current market that we’re in,” she says. “I’m pretty proud of that!”

For another, Kate has quickly earned a glowing reputation around the Baird & Warner – Lincoln Park office for her social media savvy, particularly using Instagram as a channel to speak to her sphere, sow the seeds for long-term referral relationships, and reach her ideal millennial buyers. 

“One thing with my social media that I always keep in the back of my mind is to treat it like my business card and my social proof,” Kate says. “That way, when people look me up, any potential new clients or friends of mine who know I just got started in this can see that I’m busy and that I’m actively working. That I’m constantly hosting open houses, or selling a property, or teaching them something that they didn’t know.”

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