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In this weekly column, estate agents across the country share stories of the lessons they learned during his work in the industry.
With nearly twenty years of experience working exclusively in the Queens borough of New York, Bianca Colazuonno cShe combines exceptional market knowledge with a customer-centric philosophy to create a winning combination that has made her one of the best agents…
But it is her love of learning that helps her progress as she develops her skills and professional knowledge.
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been in business for 18 years. I started because I planned to go to graduate school to continue my work as a field biologist.
The projects I’ve worked on have taken me to some of the most beautiful parts of the United States, including Yellowstone National Park and the Big Island of Hawaii, but exploration is usually seasonal. I needed to do something that didn’t require me to start a new job every time I returned to New York, and the property felt right for me.
One thing led to another, and I fell in love with this job. Since then I have been doing this.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working here in Queens, we help clients and team members learn and grow in business.
What’s the one big lesson you’ve learned from real estate?
Always be open to learning something new. One of the reasons I love this profession so much is because no two days are exactly the same and every transaction is different. I am constantly looking for new ways to improve what we do, to learn from every transaction, client and team member.
How did you learn this?
I have done hundreds of sales and still face unique, one-off situations, such as ownership issues, unusual funding issues, or verification issues.
It is impossible to complete all scenarios, but I learned to arm myself by doing research and anticipating the unexpected. The moment you calm down and think you know everything there is to know, you are bound to be caught off guard.
What advice do you have for new agents?
Find a win-win team. Look for a humble group leader with a teaching spirit. Be open and ready to learn with sufficient confidence realize that you will make mistakes along the way, because in this business the learning curve is very steep.
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