I Want Your Job: Real Estate Agent



portrait of woman with illustrations of for sale sign around her
Brandy Chapman (photo provided; edited to add illustrations)

As a business program graduate, Brandy Chapman ‘12 learned about the value of communication, budgeting, and business technology. 

Now a real estate agent for Howell-Rickett Real Estate Professionals, Inc., in Conway County, she puts to use her Associate of Applied Science in Business in everything she does.

UACCM caught up with Chapman to talk about her time at UACCM, the work she does in the real estate industry, and lessons to share with current students.

How did you become a real estate agent after UACCM?

I did not immediately get into real estate after attending UACCM. Six years after UACCM, my job was being relocated out of state, and I did not want to move my family. I had always been interested in real estate and I love learning new things. So I decided to take the class and get my real estate license.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my job is my clients! I love getting to see how excited they are when their home is sold or when they are purchasing their first home. It’s the best feeling!

What motivated you to attend UACCM?

I have high expectations of myself and wanted to make myself a better person and employee.

What is the biggest lesson that you learned at UACCM and have applied to your work?

The biggest thing I learned at UACCM was probably that I have a drive to be successful.  Not only did I want to be successful at school but also in my work.

What advice would you give to current UACCM students?

Be self-disciplined and have a strong work ethic. Those two things will take you far.

What skills do business students at UACCM need in order to succeed in real estate?

Strong communication skills are very important. You must be able to effectively communicate via e-mail, phone, text, etc., not only with your clients, but other agents, lenders, title companies, and a long list of other vendors. As a real estate agent, you are an independent contractor and must be able to budget. You must know how to manage your earnings. It takes discipline. Learning to budget is a must!

What was your favorite part about being at the College?

My favorite part of being at the college were my teachers and the friendships I developed with other students. You can feel that the teachers at UACCM care about and are truly invested in their students.

What’s your “go-to” show on Netflix when you don’t know what do watch?

Probably documentaries. Food, True-Crime, something like that.

Pick a superpower – Invisibility, Flying or Super Strength?

Invisibility!

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