What does a career in real estate look like today?


The answer to that question as real estate sales guru and trainer Brian Buffini always likes to say is, “Unbelievable!” Looking at the overall marketplace, gleaning information from reports and statistics, it’s easy to see that business is good. It has been growing consistently now for several years, especially as the demand for new construction rises to keep up with a lack of overall inventory. When it is going well people take notice, and many begin to contemplate what it’s like to be in real estate sales.

As a Realtor® and sales associate with Long & Foster for over 15 years, coupled with a housing background beginning in 1985, I’ll say that our business is rewarding and enjoyable. It is also one of the most demanding when you plan to make it your “career”, the primary means of earning your living. I would argue that it is without a doubt a full-time professional occupation that often demands weekend and evening hours.

As the office manager for Long & Foster Strawberry Street Sales located in Richmond’s Fan district, I continually meet and discuss business prospects with new and experienced agents seeking to begin or improve their careers.  It is easy to explain how Long & Foster has enjoyed the last 50 years as a real estate leader when you consider all the training, tools, and systems we continually offer our agents. As a result, our sales associates are better prepared and more productive than the nationwide industry average. Contact me if you would like to learn more about the Long & Foster career advantage, I’m happy to share what a fulfilling career in real estate looks like today.

John VanderSyde
Long & Foster Real Estate
Managing Broker
Strawberry Street Sales Office

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