The field of real estate can be competitive. If you want to be successful as a real estate agent, you will have to have real drive and commitment. When you first plunge into the field, you will probably find that you will have to work long hours and remain on call to meet potential home-buyers? needs. Besides commitment, you will need to appear trustworthy to people. Potential homebuyers want someone whom they can have faith in. You should be very friendly and understanding. You are working with people and have to cater to them as best you can.
Real Estate Education
As a real estate agent, you need to complete a real estate training course that will teach you the basics of the real estate profession. These courses range from a few months to a year. Every state has its own licensing examination, to be taken upon completion of your real estate courses. Once you become a real estate agent, you will be required to take 18 hours of continuing education every two years in order to stay up-to-date. If you want to become an independent agent and create your own firm, you will have to obtain a real estate broker?s license as well.
Real Estate Qualifications
Being a real estate agent requires thorough knowledge of zoning laws, property taxes, land development laws and financing options for potential buyers as well as good communication and written skills. Because of this, many agents hold degrees in other fields, such as law or finance, economics, business, and even English. In some areas, it?s possible to obtain a bachelor?s degree in real estate. As competition in the field of real estate continues to grow, many large firms are interested in hiring employees that are not only licensed to practice real estate sales, but possess a bachelor?s degree as well.
Publish date: February 10, 2011