1. Tell us more about yourself!
I’ve been in real estate industry for past 10 years and counting, was working formerly as an architectural associate in a consultancy firm. I enjoy connecting with people from all walks of life, and helping them to fulfil their goals in restructuring their asset portfolio.
”Sean has been great! He’s very easy to work with and super helpful too. Thanks for hooking him up with us!Lisa
2. Why did you become a property agent?
I became a property consultant because I gradually found myself being referred by friends and family members to others in interior design and architectural consultancy in an informal way and it happened that some of them wanted to sell their current residences and upgrade. I see the rising need in this area and with an entrepreneurial spirit, I joined the industry to hone my skills to provide qualified professional consultancy. Its also for the flexibility of time given.
3. How did you find the process of becoming a property agent? Was it tough?
I joined the industry during the boom of the real estate industry and also went through the cycle of many government cooling measures implemented to adjust the market. It has been a competitive market yet fulfilling one. It is always about prospecting and letting the public know of my professional services available and what sets me apart from the rest of the agents.
Yes, it has been a challenging process but also rewarding at the same time, as every client has very different needs and priorities, as well as challenges to overcome. It is the journey of partnering with them to go through the entire process and reaching the goal that makes everyone happy.
4. What was the lowest point in your career as a property agent?
The lowest point was in my 2nd year when I was basically depending on referrals and nothing else. I did not get to see the results I have wanted as I was having a wrong mindset and little action plan.
5. How about the highest point?
It was in 2017 when I joined Propnex Realty and was inspired by many top producers and my team leaders. There was a mindset change after attending one of the bootcamps that set my direction path very clearly and I achieved my highest record transactions in volume and in commissions that same year.
6. Any interesting encounters with a client during your career?
Yes, plenty of them. One of the most memorable ones is that the client (seller) was referred by his neighbour in the new condominium which he has shifted into and he has been planning to dispose of his HDB for the past 3 months to no avail. I took up the challenge even though it was an open listing and he saw that throughout the period, I’ve been putting in a lot of effort and bringing clients to view, and the professional advice provided by my good self to spruce up the place so as to create a good first impression for home buyers.
I’ve finally obtained an offer from a buyer but it is slightly lower than another offer through another agent marketing the same unit, but in the end, the seller chose to close the deal with me. When I asked him why did he choose a lower offer, his reply in exact words “I see the sincerity, transparency and professionalism you have placed in your work.” which totally blew my mind away. We have formed a good friendship since then.
7. Have you ever met any unreasonable clients? How did you deal with them?
Yes once in a while, i have met clients with unreasonable demands. Proper education, referring them back to contractual obligations and sometimes mitigations helped to manage their expectations.
8. What lessons have you learnt from being a property agent?
I have learnt that as a self-employed consultant, time and expenditure discipline is the way to go. Goal setting with action plans is of equivalent priority too as that sets the direction for every financial year. Without any discipline and goals in place, it is like trying to steer a ship without the rudder.
9. If there’s one thing you could tell yourself in the past about being a property agent, what would it be?
It will be the day when I decided to hand in my resignation letter for my previous profession and fully understanding the purpose of why i joined the real estate industry.
10. What are your goals for the future?
I am planning to expand my current team of producers and grooming them to excel in this industry.
Kind Words From Sean's Clients
“Sean Yin was overall very helpful and responsive in the process of selling the flat Yishun Street 21. Communication with him is overall good and effective. Explanation of the different steps that the customer has to take are well explained. Approachable and amiable”EdwardHDB Home Owner