I decided to interviewed Ann Zizka, my mom. Ann is in the real estate industry. Her job as a realtor is to find and sell peoples homes while making them feel confident and safe.
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Why did I chose to interview her?: I chose to interview Ann(my mom) because I find the job very interesting to me. Ever since I was small I’ve been moving around a lot from a few home in Vancouver to a few in tri city area. Because I live near Vancouver I’ve been able to experience the growth in home’s values. Being a realtor gives you flexible work times and if you enjoy talking(which I do), it’s a very good option for you. In the future, I might follow my mom’s footsteps and become a realtor. If it’s something that I enjoy it’s something I will do.
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Question#1 Why are you passionate about your job?:
“I’ve always been exposed to real estate properties. My dad was an architect so I’ve developed the eye and a true passion for real estate. Although my educational background is in hotel management and I have worked numerous years in the service industry, I have found my true passion in real estate. I have always been interested in looking at homes but the last few years, I have turned that hobby into a career.”
Question#2 What obstacles have you faced to get where you are today?:
“One of the obstacles where to start up a buisiness from scratch and make it profitable. As we all know, the real estate market is highly competitive because of all the realtors. One of the biggest obstacles is the competition. As a realtor, I have been faced with fierce competition. The money made by realtors is 100% commission based. Income can be very inconsistent. As a realtor you can work with the most amazing clients but you can also get clients that make your life a little more complicated…”
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Question#3 What advice would you give to someone looking into your profession?:
“If you are new to the job, I strongly recommend to work along someone with experience that can mentor and guide you through your first year. Nesessary qualities in the buisiness are likeability, to perceviere and hard working. You have to generally help people. Someone is trusting you with selling their home so you should have these qualities in order to become a successful realtor.”
Question#4 Would you be open to further contacting riverside students?:
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Question#5 Which seasons of the year are toughest in your job?:
“Generally, the winter season is harder because less people sell and buy in the winter. The high season for realtors is typically from March to June. It all depends of the area and the year. For example, appartments in Vancouver aren’t as seasonal as detached homes in Port Coquitlam.”
Question#5 What would you be if you weren’t a realtor?:
“Being realistic, I would be in the hotel industry because I have already done the studies and I am qualified for it.”
What I learned:
I learned that being a realtor takes a lot of work and dedication. I learned that in order to be a realtor, you have to be ready to work at all times and that you can’t take weeks off for vacation.
Ann Zizka’s Website: annzizka.com
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