Patricia Solomon

CHAS EVERITT INTERNATIONAL FALSE BAY

Why did you decide to pursue a career in property?

For me it all started when I joined Chas Everitt as an office administrator. This enabled me to gain first-hand knowledge of and experience in the real estate business and I also became fascinated by the daily activities and challenges faced by the agents. Then a chance came for me to begin working as an intern estate agent for Chas Everitt in my own community and now, even though my journey as a ‘rookie’ has just begun, I am looking forward to the opportunities it is already giving me to grow and develop in an industry I am passionate about.

What do you find to be the most enjoyable and the most challenging aspects of the job?

What I find both enjoyable and challenging in my job is to ensure that my clients’ needs are fulfilled. I also think it’s important to maintain a balance between quality family and social time and work, and enjoy the fact that my job enables me to do this. And while it is a challenge to have to adapt to many different people and situations in this job, it is also wonderful because there is no room to ever be bored or in a rut.

What characteristics, in your opinion, make for a great estate agent/broker and why?

I would say that the number one requirement for estate agents is passion. Having excitement and passion for what you do every day has a positive effect and draws people to you. Having empathy with your clients and striving to really understand their needs is also important. In addition, estate agents should be knowledgeable about the community that they are providing a service to, and, of course, always conduct business in a trustworthy manner, no matter what the consequences.

What are some of your career goals?

My current focus is to successfully complete my NQF level 4 qualification before the end of the year while continuing to partake in other educational workshops and courses. Once I have achieved the Level 4 and PDE 4, I will be a full status estate agent and be able to move on from my intern status. Then I plan to continue to grow and further strengthen my knowledge as an estate agent within Chas Everitt and, with the support of my mentor as well as my friends and colleagues, become the agent that my clients recommend to their friends and family.

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