Looking for a Change?
If you’re seeking a change, consider a career in real estate. Below you’ll find details of a recruiting method used by reputable real estate companies across Australia and New Zealand. At Pennisi Real Estate, we are committed to building winning teams consisting of results-focused people highly skilled in sales, customer care, and ethics.
We are willing to teach these skills to the right people: those who want a career, not merely a job. With the right people and the right training, our aim is to improve the real estate industry, not only for the agents themselves, but also for the clients they serve.
These details will give you an insight into what we can offer you if you work for us. It will also give you an insight into what is expected of you should you accept a position within our Essendon real estate agency. If you are inspired by what you read, you might consider our current vacancies.
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Real Estate Industry Background
As the real estate industry entered the 21st Century it did not enjoy a good standing in the community. Morgan Group surveys published yearly in The Bulletin revealed that on average only eight people in one hundred regarded real estate agents as honest and ethical. This means that nine people in ten have had bad experiences with real estate agents. This is not a record to be proud of. And there is no sign of improvement. This reputation is often undeserved.
The real estate industry has many fine and honest people and can be a wonderful industry in which to enjoy a career. Poor systems and outdated practices, however, have led to widespread public disdain. Within the industry things are not much better. Apart from those brief periods when the property market is booming, many real estate agencies, and the salespeople working in them, struggle to survive.
For more than a decade at one training course, a teacher advised his students, “In twelve months most of you will be out of the real estate industry. And those of you who remain will not be making much money.” How inspiring! It does not have to be this way. You are invited to consider a career with a different type of real estate agency – one that believes salespeople should be well trained in selling skills and client care.
We are not perfect, but we are attempting to become a business that is a shining example in our community. To achieve this aim we are constantly on the lookout for good people, who are willing to learn how to sell real estate in a manner that puts the client, not the agent, first. If you are a person like this, we would welcome the opportunity to meet you.
Good Secure Salaries are Essential… Breaking with Tradition
We know that provided we hire the right people and teach the right skills, the chances of success are excellent. For this reason, we are prepared to back our own judgement by ensuring that all sales staff are paid a good salary. This breaks ‘tradition’.
Many other agents remunerate salespeople either by ‘commission only’ or through a ‘payback retainer’ (advances against commissions).
Our system is vehemently opposed to such schemes, believing they indicate that most agents are incapable of training their people to succeed. To hire almost anybody and hope things will ‘work out’ is absurd.
In most cases, things don’t work out. Salespeople can struggle for many months on pitiful levels of income only to leave the industry feeling disillusioned. The industry not only loses many potentially successful people with these payment schemes, but it also fails to attract the right calibre of people in the beginning.
Thousands of people are unwilling to enter real estate due to the lack of a guaranteed minimum wage. ‘Traditional’ pay schemes are one of the underlying causes for the bad reputation suffered by agents. How can the real estate industry expect to attract the best people if it offers some of the worst conditions in the beginning?
Our office won’t just hire anybody, nor will we allow the permanent hiring of any person until they have successfully completed a number of interviews, training programs and a series of comprehensive tests.
It’s not easy to secure a position in our real estate agency in Essendon. But the rewards are worth the effort.
What is expected of you?
- To show total honesty at all times in your dealings with clients
- To strictly follow the sales programs made available to you
- To complete a set number of specific actions on a regular basis
- To monitor and observe your results and progress
- To become part of a close-knit team
- To possess an attitude that fosters and encourages achievement
- To continually improve your level of knowledge and skill
- To use the Client Benefit Strategies to make certain your clients are delighted
- To work hard to reach your goals and the goals of your clients
- To display total loyalty to your clients, your colleagues and to the culture of your agency
What You Will Receive
- A secure salary package
- A generous bonus package
- Work-related expenses paid for by the agency
- Support from your leader and your colleagues
- A long term career with a high income
- A high level of pride in being part of an agency the public can trust
- Challenges and excitement. No two days are ever the same!
- Freedom of working hours – time generally under your control
- The opportunity to advance in your agency or in training and assisting other salespeople
- The happiness that comes from being in one of the best industries in the world
New People Are Needed… Who are the right people?
Traditionally, the real estate industry preferred to hire experienced people only. Not so with our agency.We prefer people with no experience. We teach newcomers selling skills that range from the basics through to the most advanced stages. In particular, they believe that ‘pre-start’ training is vitally important to success.
For many years, there was a belief that a person could enter real estate with little or no ‘skills training’ and quickly master the strategies and succeed. Horrendous staff losses and the abysmal levels of income received by salespeople hired under ‘traditional methods’ are proof that these ‘hit and miss’ methods don’t work.
People who have the following characteristics are most likely to do well:
- No real estate experience
- A stable history of employment
- Own, or are purchasing, property
- Are of excellent character
With these characteristics, many people can succeed provided they work hard and are constantly learning. Desire is still the key.People from all age groups and backgrounds are now enjoying successful real estate careers within our agency and agencies that are implementing the same systems as ours.
As in life, the character of a person is the true measure of their success.
We’re Always Open For Hiring
If you have made attempts to enter the real estate industry, you may have become familiar with the expression, ‘We don’t need anybody right now’. This statement is likely to be made by managers who have been so badly hurt by ‘traditional’ hiring methods that they have become sceptical.With a high proportion of new people entering the industry failing, and with many experienced people having horribly ingrained bad habits, it is not surprising that real estate managers don’t relish the thought of hiring sales staff. Most managers fear the thought of hiring and avoid it where possible. You may be thinking, “I’m good, and I’m ready to do ‘whatever it takes’ to succeed. How can they say they don’t need me?”
We are always open for hiring. In our office, recruitment is ongoing. There are set days when we conduct interviews. A potential applicant need only ask, “When is your interview day?” If you are considering real estate either now, or at some time in the future, we will always be happy to speak with you. An important aspect of the hiring process is that it allows both the office and the candidate to preview each other before a permanent decision is made.
The Recruiting Process
Fill in the details about yourself on the application form and return it to our office. If the application is satisfactory, you will be advised of an appropriate time for a series of interviews. If we feel our program will suit you, you will be provided with an audio program called Beginner to Winner. This course will give a good indication of what is expected of you should you be successful in obtaining employment as a salesperson in an our office.
You will be required to submit a written summary of the program. You will then be asked to study the major Pittard Training Group sales program, Winning Ways – Real Estate Sales. Your exposure to this program will be either by ‘live’ seminar or through a CD audio program. There will be a comprehensive theory examination based on Winning Ways – Real Estate Sales. There is also a four-day practical assessment.The entire process can take approximately 3 months giving both you and the office plenty of time to decide. There will be a three-month Trial Period before a permanent decision is made. You will be asked to read several books and listen to other brief audio programs to give you a greater understanding of what is involved.
You will be provided with information regarding legal obligations and procedures associated with the buying and selling of real estate in Victoria. You will need to obtain the necessary licences or certificates to comply with the law. You will be asked to give written undertakings that you agree to comply with all aspects of your training programs, including achievement of targets and the performance of specific actions.
Factors to Consider
You must be prepared to work many hours, particularly in the early months. It is not unusual for some days to begin at nine in the morning and end at ten that night. At times there is a tendency for some new salespeople to work too many hours. Our program requires an enormous amount of dedication. The primary focus, however, is on actions completed, not upon hours worked. As in most careers, a mastery of time is critical. Truly successful real estate achievers have plenty of free time. They master time management skills.
An enormous amount of activity can be created for weekends. In the early stages of your career you may find it necessary to work many weekends.
You will need the whole-hearted support of your family. Real estate can be very demanding on your family life. Family bonds need to be strong to withstand such pressure. By focusing on the ultimate benefits of a successful real estate career, a family feels part of a team.
The most successful people are constantly improving. You will need to devote yourself to continuous training and improvement. Studying the great achievers from real estate, and from other industries, will be of great benefit.
In real estate, the ‘sale’ is not so much when someone decides to purchase a property. The true ‘sale’ is when a person grants you the right to represent them as their agent for the sale of their property. What you ‘sell’ is yourself, your agency and the benefits your agency can provide to the seller.
The sellers are your clients and their interests are of paramount importance. By remembering this principle and practising a policy of total client care, you will receive many recommendations. The better you care for your clients, the more successful your career will be. A struggling real estate agent is often a real estate agent who has neglected clients.
The interests of your clients are your major concern. Your success will be measured not only by your income but also by the praise you receive from happy clients. The programs you will be taught eliminate all methods that place agent interests ahead of clients’ interests.
The philosophy of ‘Client Benefit Strategies’ is taught in your pre-start training programs. These strategies will make you very proud of your profession.
People of the highest integrity are very popular with clients.
Trust is the key in every aspect of the sales programs you will study and master.
If you are interested in pursuing the possibility of a career in real estate, and you feel that you have the dedication to succeed in our office, please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for perfect people, you might be one of them.