One of the things that’s great about being a real estate agent is that you aren’t as bound to a 9-5 schedule every day compared to office-going men and women who live lives largely controlled by the clocks in their respective offices. A real estate agent’s time is more relaxed and flexible, and the hours are easy and as long as you can make a sale, everything’s peachy.Another thing that’s good about real estate sales is the commissions – you are not limited to a yearly increase in salary because it all really depends on the sales you make. So if you make a lot of sales, they you’re in for a big take home pay every month. You also aren’t bound to a boss as much as office workers are; again, all that really matters is the sales you make. If you make a lot, then you have nothing to worry about.The current times though, have been a big challenge for many realty agents, as people all around the world have tightened their belts and limited their spending. And buying property isn’t exactly one of the ways people save money. This is why it is important for all agents to realize that times have become harder and a sale is more difficult to come by, so you really need to get your priorities and your plans in order so that you are better assured of not only being able to make a good living, but making a really good profit out of your business.You need to set proper goals.Success as a realty agent lies, for one, on the goals you have in mind. You need to have specific goals you want to reach – these goals must be feasible, of course – so at least you have an idea of which way to go. The freedom in real estate selling also has its cons, like the availability of so many distractions. It is so easy to lose sight of what you should be doing and focus on something you shouldn’t be doing; as infantile as that sounds, it happens to a lot of people, and they realize it only when it’s too late. Especially now that times are tough, you need to always keep the goals you have in mind so you don’t fall off the track.Discipline, responsibility, and professionalism are needed for success.Successful real estate agents are characterized by their discipline as well as their professionalism. Successful real estate agents always have a plan and have always thought things out to a certain degree before any decisions or deals are made final. Disciple also ties up with goal setting, as you need to be disciplined to stay in track and make sure that the steps you are taking are the ones that are headed to your goal, instead of towards other directions. Discipline is what will drive you to stay on the path and get to wherever you want to go.