Are you interested in starting a career as a leasing consultant at Lewis, but you have no idea where to start? You’re in the right place.
One of the best parts about becoming a Leasing Consultant at Lewis is that you don’t need to have prior Leasing Consultant experience. The Lewis Leasing Consultant career is a great way to expand your sales and customer service skills, without working in an industry like retail, restaurants or hospitality which are prone to part-time hours and different shifts throughout the day and night. Traditionally, sales careers don’t offer a set schedule with regular hours and regular days off, but the Lewis Leasing Consultant career does.
Read on for our straightforward guide on how to become a Leasing Consultant with no experience!
What is a Leasing Consultant?
A Leasing Consultant can help prospective tenants find the rental home of their dreams. At its core, this career is essentially a sales job, as it’s important that you’re able to communicate the benefits of each unit and community. You’ll also want to take account of the customer’s needs and requirements and find a rental home solution that works for them.
At the end of the day, a Leasing Consultant’s main goal is to maintain 100 percent occupancy of a managed community. For this reason, they also need to strive to make sure the tenant’s needs are being taken care of in a timely manner.
You’ll spend a lot of time speaking with prospective and current customers. You’ll also be handling plenty of administrative tasks that include emails, reports, resident files and the handling of other documents.
What Does a Leasing Consultant Do?
If you want to get started with your Leasing Consultant career, here are some of the activities you can expect to do on a daily basis. You’ll be collecting rent and operating expenses owed by tenants.
You’ll also need to communicate and investigate tenants. This includes if there are any complaints, maintenance issues, or violations of the rental agreement.
Daily administrative duties at the leasing office are included. You’ll need to answer phone calls, fax and email documents, and reply consistently to your prospects, customers and tenants. Detailed records about your communications with tenants are important, including keeping copies of rental agreements and contracts.
Lastly, you’ll need to be able to explain any conditions and contracts that tenants need to sign before moving in.
This may seem like a lot, but one of the main benefits and drives of being a Leasing Consultant is that you’ll be able to improve people’s lives. You will help families find their new home. You will be one of the first points of contact if they have an issue, need to find a better apartment, or have questions about their apartment living experience.
How to Become a Leasing Consultant
It’s important to keep in mind that you don’t need to have prior apartment leasing experience in order to become a Leasing Consultant at Lewis. However, previous experience with sales and customer service can greatly help you improve your chances. Being comfortable talking with people on the phone as well as ample time management skills is also helpful.
The Lewis Leasing Consultant Career
One avenue you can choose is the Lewis Leasing Consultant career–previous apartment leasing experience is not required! Here are some of the careers that a vast number of our new Leasing employees come from:
- Retail Sales
- Membership sales
- Commission-only sales jobs
- Hospitality and Hotels
- Upscale customer service
This is a great option if you want to strengthen your sales and customer service skills without having to suffer through part-time hours and shifts that are constantly changing. As a Lewis Consultant, you’ll be able to enjoy regular hours and regular days off.
If you have a good understanding of sales and customer experience, you could be a great asset to the Lewis team. This is because we understand the importance of listening to customers as well as empathizing with them. Since we’re helping tenants find their new home for years potentially, it’s important that you’re able to offer a level of customer service that goes beyond selling gadgets or cellphones.
We offer training that’s the best in the industry with clear guidance when it comes to sales techniques, property management procedures, fair housing law, and more. We also have a culture that focuses on promoting from within.
This allows you to keep moving up in the company, as many of our Lewis Community Directors, Assistant Community Directors, and Leasing Managers were once Leasing Consultants.
In 2020 alone, the Community Management division of Lewis had 102 internal promotions. We understand that guiding our employees at each step of their careers helps foster hard-working employees that are dedicated to the job. We strive for our employees to constantly work on expanding their skills so that they feel motivated to constantly improve their work lives.
Become a Leasing Consultant Today
If you want to become a Leasing Consultant today, consider your previous job experience and your skillset. If you have a knack for talking to customers, enjoy helping people, can manage your time well, you’re well-organized, and you truly care about people, then this career can be great for you.
One of the benefits of a Lewis Leasing Consultant career is that you don’t need any prior apartment leasing experience. If you’re motivated, hardworking, and ready to learn, you can turn your career path around today at Lewis. Being familiar with your local community also helps, as you’ll be able to let potential tenants know about the amenities and benefits of the area.
Ready to change the quality of your life with Lewis today? We have plenty of opportunities available. Explore our open positions to get started!
David Draper is the Director of Talent Acquisition for the Lewis Group of Companies. David is proud to be a part of a successful, stable, and winning team dedicated to its projects, its people and its community. Follow David on Twitter @LewisRecruits.