A Day in the Life of a Real Estate Agent in Cyprus

A guest post from a close friend of mine and real estate agent in Limassol.

Some people think being a real estate agent in Cyprus is easy. You simply take some photos from your phone, answer a few phone calls, go to some viewings, and then get the deposit and the client to sign on the dotted line.

 Job done.

Oh and let’s not forget the benefits….the commissions.

All sounds so easy and appealing, right?

The truth is, everyone in real estate knows that this job can be tough – especially in this current climate. (In fact one has to be tough especially in Cyprus and its climate!) It can also be a huge burden, especially when people expect you to be constantly available. There’s no ‘clocking in’ or ‘clocking out’, and even though I do my best for each of my clients, there’s no guarantee that a potential deal will end in success.

A typical day involves making and receiving A LOT of phone calls, SMS messages, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, Messenger messages and emails! But clients can get excited and I’ll often wake up to countless missed calls from throughout the night that continue throughout the day – and well into the night. Thank heavens for silent mode.

Some clients’ expectations are through the roof, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard and read people complaining that agents don’t answer their phones or reply to requests. There have been so many occasions where I’ve received numerous missed calls and messages from the same person; I try calling back and we keep missing each other countless times.

Day to day, even hour to hour (sometimes minute to minute!) my schedule is forever changing. Aside from the constant stream of phone calls, messages, voice notes, voicemails and emails, we also need to handle listings, attend viewings, take professional photos (from a professional camera!), process paperwork and visit various legal and administrative offices. Imagine having to call these offices too!! I could easily spend one hour or two trying to get through.

Sometimes I feel like my to-do list is never-ending and different things can crop up at the last minute, meaning I’ll often have to drop what I’m doing to deal with something more urgent. In fact, I’ve realised that if I answered every call and message the moment it comes through I will never get anything done at all!

There are also lots of sacrifices that come with this job, so striking a balance is crucial. And while I don’t always get it spot on, I do try my best and I always strive to go above and beyond, because I love this job and genuinely want what’s best for my clients, even when someone is being a pain in the ***.

Being a real estate agent can be stressful, but part of the fun – and the craziness – of the job is that it’s constantly changing, and there’s definitely never a dull moment.

I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world, even though I have had some experiences that I’d rather bury deep into the recesses of my mind… 

So for those of you who still think our job is easy or would rather cut out the middle man, please remember that we put a lot of time, effort and energy into what we do. We are also experts at handling multiple requests, multiple schedules, multiple clients, and multiple responsibilities.

Through the ups and downs, I do what I do with knowledge, professionalism and a smile on my face, knowing that no matter how demanding it gets, there’s a solution to everything, which sometimes involves a glass of wine – and putting my phone on Silent!

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

Working as a freelancer is both liberating and frustrating. You get to work from the comfort of home – but also with only yourself for company.

While this doesn’t bother me, it definitely doesn’t work for everyone. Some people simply need to be surrounded by other people in order to work productively – and that’s absolutely understandable.

If you’re wondering what it’s really like to work from home and aren’t sure whether it’s right for you, read on for the pros and cons:

Pros:

Fewer Distractions

For me, one of the biggest benefits of working from home is that there are fewer distractions.

Yes, I am guilty of putting the washing machine or the dishwasher on, which can be incredibly annoying, but generally speaking, the house is so calm and quiet, and the only noises I can hear are passing traffic or, if I’m in the mood for it, the music I’m playing in the background.

While I do find I concentrate best in complete silence, sometimes when I’m working on something a little less demanding (like an upload or some admin), I do enjoy a chill out mix.

Set Your own Hours

Need to run to the post office or go to the bank? Working from home makes it so much easier to carve out time for errands or appointments which you don’t always want to schedule around your working hours.

The beauty of working from home is that you carve out your hours around your schedule.

As a working mother, there have been plenty of occasions where I’ve had to pick up my daughter from nursery at a moment’s notice, or stop what I’m doing to show the builder how to open the latch to the roof (the husband seems to love arranging for builders to come round while I’m home and he’s at work!)

But being at home reduces your frustrations around these unforeseen events, and I always feel so grateful that I can be home when I’m truly needed.

Increased Flexibility

Having the ability to set your own hours automatically equates to increased flexibility. If something non-work-related comes up in the morning, I simply pick up where I left off later in the day, or carve out time in the evening when the day just didn’t work out. I don’t have anyone looking over my shoulder pressuring me to work during specified hours – I simply make up for lost time when my day hasn’t worked out as planned.

Cons:

You Feel Out of the Loop

I have a long-term client who I’ve been writing for since 2013 and have gotten to know him and his team pretty well. They have head offices in Switzerland and I really love their work culture, ethic and philosophy.

It’s an amazing company and they’ve worked on some incredible projects, but sometimes, you can feel a bit out of the loop and it would be amazing to sit in on a meeting (physically) instead of being heard through a speaker!

The same goes for other clients. Yes, I’ve spoken via email, Skype or phone with countless clients, but there are so many of them that I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting in person.

 Sometimes, you can’t beat that physical interaction and the chance to get to know them and all their quirks! I’m really interested in body language and tone of voice, but if I’m not meeting them in person, I definitely miss out on these factors.

Where do you Draw the Line?

As I mentioned above (in the pros no less), working from home offers immense flexibility, but you have to be able to draw the line and switch off mentally from your workload.

When your work desk is right there in your face 24/7, it can be difficult to draw the line between work and home life.

But if you’re disciplined and focused, this isn’t as difficult as it sounds. As long as you are strict with yourself and learn to switch off when it’s time to switch off, working from home is definitely a dream come true.

What are your Thoughts on Working from Home?

Does the idea of working from home put you off or fill you with joy?

We’re all different, and that’s what makes the world go round. I for one love working from home. It suits my personality down to a T and fits in with my routine and schedule. It affords me amazing flexibility, and as a mum of two, this is a huge plus.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!