The Secret Career in Real Estate You Didn’t Know You Wanted

    If you ask a real estate manager how they arrived at that profession, 9 out of 10 will tell you they “fell into it”. That’s because a career in property management is the best kept secret in real estate. When people hear real estate, they assume you’re selling homes, buying up big developments or leasing apartments. It’s a mystery as to how this slice of the real estate industry job market has stayed hush-hush for so long because property management is a pretty great gig.

    Variety is the Spice of Life

    In real estate management, no two days are ever alike. Your morning may start with showing space to a potential client, but it could very well end with you standing on a pile of dirt consulting with contractors. In the role of property manager, your daily responsibilities are diverse and ever-changing. It’s a role that will constantly challenge you, but allows for a great sense of accomplishment at the end of each busy day.

    Helping Houston

    One of the most rewarding aspects of a career in real estate management is making a contribution to the growth of our great city. Houston is home to the second largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the country with 49. All of those companies need a place to office, their employees need places to live and play, and they need someone to manage it all. The expertise and innovation of property managers is integral to the continual growth of Houston.

    Stable Market

    The word “stable” doesn’t often come to mind when you think of a career in real estate. Many professionals in the industry feel heavy impact from changes in the housing market, oil & gas, and other volatile industries. But buildings, no matter the occupancy, always need to be managed. That’s why property managers are in such a unique position to enjoy the excitement of the real estate industry without taking on the associated risk.

    Industry Impact

    In the role of real estate manager, you often are working with a team of employees. As a result, you have the unique opportunity to help guide, educate and promote other professionals coming up in the industry. Many management professionals will tell you this is a role they take very seriously and is one of the most rewarding aspects of a career in property management.

    There you have it. The secret is out. So if excitement, city pride, stability and mentorship are high on your list of things a career can offer you, we know just the job for you. Want tips for leaping into a real estate management job? Click here for a previous blog written by one of our members.


    About the Author: Lindsay Konlande currently serves as the Association Assistant for IREM Houston. Lindsay earned her Bachelor Degree in Communication from Texas A&M and has several years of experience in marketing, public relations and copywriting.

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