Veterans Have What It Takes to Become Successful Real-Estate Agents
Men and women transitioning out of the military will face many different and difficult decisions. One of the most
important decisions is which path to take for financial stability and career development. The good news is that
veterans pick up many valuable transferable skills during their military training. Sometimes these skills don’t get
recognized in the job market or when seeking civilian careers for veterans. Fortunately, many of those same traits
can help if you want to become a real estate agent. Real estate agents are entrepreneurs and veteran
entrepreneurship is a unique answer to challenges for veterans including identifying cross- functional skills,
matching interests, and accessing opportunity.
According to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families,
Military veterans are twice as likely to want to start a small business and have it succeed as a civilian. Real estate is
among the top six industries for veteran-owned businesses and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth
for real estate agents over the next ten years. The real estate market in Philadelphia is experiencing higher than
average growth. These trends combine to create an exceptional opportunity for veterans to engage in the real
estate industry. Veterans are uniquely suited because they tend to possess a variety of skills and attitudes that are
needed for success in real estate. They are resourceful, dedicated, flexible, and disciplined. They also possess a
variety of cross-functional skills that can contribute to success in real estate. In addition to these factors, success in
real estate is correlated to education, coaching and networking opportunities.
Here are just a few of the skills that will you succeed in real estate:
Veterans are problem solvers
Your military training taught you to problem-solve by first assessing a situation and then initiating a response. The
real estate industry shifts and evolves on a constant basis. Your ability to see a problem and take initiative is a
valuable asset. This skill helps to get new listings and allows you to assist a client in finding the perfect home for
Veterans are excellent communicators
Being able to deliver information in a concise and accurate manner is key to success when working in the military
environment. This vital skill transfers well to real estate. For example, whether you are giving a listing
presentation or explaining the terms of a contract, you’ve learned excellent presentation skills that are useful to a
real estate agent and can help to put clients at ease.
Veterans have the right attitude
A can-do attitude is part of getting things done. As a military member, you learned to prioritize and execute a plan.
Veterans bring that same attitude with them when they enter the real estate industry. Clients will never have a
doubt that their agent is really looking out for them and confidence breeds success.
Veterans are life-long learners
From the moment a recruit begins training for service in the military, they realize that that they are on a journey to
learn new skills and gain new knowledge. In real estate, education is money. The thirst for knowledge can drive
you to be the best in your field as you constantly look for innovative and creative solution for your clients.
Veterans have cross-functional skills:
Veterans are uniquely suited because they tend to possess a variety of skills and attitudes that are needed for
success in real estate. They are resourceful, dedicated, flexible, and disciplined. They also possess a variety of
cross-functional skills that can contribute to success in real estate.
Thinking of building a new career as a veteran-entrepreneur.
Veteran Initiatives of America can help you. Contact us today!