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Career Story: Leasing Consultant For A Real Estate Management Company

Leasing Consultant For A Real Estate Management Company

Job Title: Leasing Consultant

Type of Company: The company I work for owns/manages apartment communities.

Education: University of Minnesota, BA in Speech Communications

Previous Experience: Retail sales, Leasing, Assistant property manager, Community Manager, Stay at home mom.

Job Tasks: I walk through the apartment community I manage daily and make a punch list (things to do) for the maintenance staff. I walk the vacant apartments and make sure they are ready to be moved into. I complete all the paperwork for signing lease agreements with residents. I also qualify future residents by calling previous places they lived and verifying employment. I answer phones and supply current residents with top-notch customer service.

Sometimes I have to write the resident newsletter or host a party on the property, such has a wine tasting or Halloween party. I am also responsible for collecting and posting rents. I also inspect the model apartments to make sure they are perfect. I also go to other properties, our competitors and look to see what they are looking like, the current move-in specials they have and see how we compare - commonly called market comparisons.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with the people on the property as a team. I enjoy making people happy and look at it as a challenge. I also like talking to potential new residents and finding out their stories.

Sometimes the best part of my job (working with the new residents) can also be the worst part of my job. Some people are just never happy and you need to identify that and move on to someone that you can make happy. Another thing that can be frustrating when you first start is you have to work weekends.

Job Tips:
1. Continue working even part time once you have a child it will allow you to get experience in the field and work up into management.

2. Try it out, no matter what it is, you may LOVE it but you would never know unless you give it a try.

3. Stay educated, take training courses, computer courses whatever you can to stay on top of your field.

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