Meet Steevie Soucie – an aspiring, young, real estate agent with a confidence you cannot deny. Steevie is the first participant in a series pale jacket hopes to conduct – showcasing passionate young women and the leadership they have taken in achieving their own personal goals.
Steevie just passed her 2nd real estate exam with an incredible 86% and is now onto her 3rd and FINAL course towards becoming a fully licensed real estate agent!
Read below to find out more…
What did you originally want to be when you grew up?
I had no idea honestly, I had so many things that I was interested in but nothing that my heart was set on. I applied to school twice – the second time I even accepted my offer and was ready to go but I decided against it at the last minute because I knew I didn’t feel right spending thousands of dollars on something I wasn’t sure about.
Was real estate something you always had a passion for?
Yes, I’d say so! I’ve always been interested in houses, home décor, home staging, etc. There was a time when I thought I wanted to be an interior designer. The business side of real estate was something I didn’t know much about & since learning it I’ve only become more passionate about the business!
Did you go to school with another career in mind?
No, I’ve never gone to school for anything without the focus of real estate. I am currently on my second course through OREA college which stands for Ontario Real Estate Association. After my third course, I am a fully licensed real estate salesperson. I am already working within & learning about real estate as an assistant to Neil Morris at Keller Williams Realty Centres in Georgina, Ontario.
For those who don’t know, what are the steps one must take in order to become a REAL real-estate agent?
To become a licensed real estate salesperson in Ontario, you have to go through OREA college and pass each course with a 75% or higher to obtain your license. You then search for a brokerage of your choice, it’s really important to take the time to research about which brokerage is best suited for you.
To become a REAL real estate agent is much different – You get out of it the time that you put into it. You have to spend a lot of time putting yourself out there. Your job is to show people why they would want you to represent them & what makes you different from any other realtor in your area? What else can you do for them that someone else couldn’t/wouldn’t? These are the questions to ask yourself when you’re striving to be the best.
Trust is a huge part of your relationships with your clients as well, if they don’t feel like they can trust you to have their best interest at heart than you wont have those clients plain and simple.
You meet a lot of people in this crazy business and the best advice I can give is that you ask for a way to keep in contact with every single person that you meet because you never know who you might be able to work with in the future. You need lawyers, mortgage brokers, stagers, cleaning services, home inspections, appraisals, handymen, and the list goes on. Its important to also keep in touch with your clients throughout the process of the transaction but also following up with them after the deal is done.
So many young people waver on what they want to commit to doing for the rest of their lives – what are the specific benefits that you were drawn to within real estate?
The idea of being able to be part of such an exciting time in someone’s life is what draws me to this career. I love the fact that I can help someone find their very first home because it’s a HUGE deal! Buying/selling a house at any stage of your life is a big deal and it should be treated like one. I love talking to people, anyone who knows me would agree with that but that is what makes me so well suited for this field. I hope to be able to take an experience that can sometimes be scary and make it as pleasant as possible! The freedom within this business is amazing. You have the ability to basically choose your own hours. Real estate is not 9-5 job which is so cool & to be completely truthful, the schooling itself was a factor for me. Most educations put you $20,000 in debt and that’s if your lucky. Mine was just above $3000 and I’m not complaining!
There are a lot of established real estate agents in this community with many years of experience. Do you feel intimidated entering this field?
I am not intimidated, I’m excited. I am currently working alongside some of the most successful agents/teams in my area on a daily basis. I get to learn from them, I get to observe the things that they do and the way they handle situations and then I put my own spin on it. Everyone has their own way of doing things and that’s why I’m not intimidated because I know I can bring a lot to the table for my future clients.
What is the benefit of hiring a real estate agent over selling a home yourself? Have you been able to find any mentors to help you on this journey?
Selling your house yourself is very risky. A lot of mistakes can be made. The process of selling a house isn’t as simple as a transfer of money & possession. There are a lot of legal documents that should be accounted for, there are inspections that should be done, proper financing needs to be in place, etc. A person selling their own home may not put it at proper value whether it be too high or too low due to lack of knowledge about the real estate market within your area. There is also the fact that you might receive the highest dollar that your house has the potential to sell for due to lack of advertisement. Going through a realtor gives you a much broader scope of advertisement through MLS boards, newspapers, their social media accounts, opens houses, etc. It’s also more likely for buyers to be less interested in a house that is for sale by owner which could also effect you getting highest & best suited amount for your house.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself with a successful career. I hope to have a good balance between work & play and above all, I hope for happiness. (cheesy, I know) I believe the rest will fall into place.
What city would be your dream location to sell homes in?
My dream location is right here in Georgina! I’ve lived here for 21 years & counting, I’ve grown up here and it’s my home. I know every street in this town & I’m very familiar with every area from Keswick all the way to Pefferlaw & beyond. I pass houses on a daily basis and I think to myself “I love that house” – I can’t wait for the opportunity to hopefully get to see inside some of those beautiful homes that I’ve always admired!
Why do you think buyers should take a chance on young adults within service jobs such as real estate? (Why should buyers hire you instead of someone with more experience).
Us young adults have the ability to use the tools our generation is so good with. One of the main and most obvious things that young adults bring to the table is social media without a doubt. Its speaks for itself when photo is posted and gets 30,000 shares – We can do the same with your house. We know how to use social media to get the information out there. Speaking in terms of myself, I have been working with the best of the best within this area. I am an assistant to an experienced realtor and I get to be mentored by him and will continue to be mentored by him even when I am a licensed salesperson myself so I also get to learn about other successful ways to do things that have worked for him throughout his career. I like to think of it as being able to offer the best of both worlds.
You have demonstrated a lot of passion for this field – what’s the next step for you? How can we follow your journey?
When I am officially licensed and able to do so, I will be putting my name out there for everyone to see. I will have social media pages dedicated to real estate that you can follow and keep up with, I will have signs to keep you informed of properties that will be available in the future so that you can be ready & you can look for me the local newspaper. People can always feel free to call me or reach out to me for any information they are seeking. I encourage you to follow me on this journey & let me help you with the biggest investment of your life!