Wailana, a full-time realtor and the 3rd generation in her family of real estate agents in Hawaii, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and whether it's hard to get a job in her field. She thinks that the younger generation will thrive in this industry because younger people are so adept at technology and all kinds of media.
Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties. Brokers and agents do the same type of work, but brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Sales agents must work with a broker.
You can expect moderate on-the-job training.
Some states have additional requirements, such as passing a background check. In many cases, licenses are not transferrable among states, but some states have reciprocity agreements and will accept licenses issued by other states.
To obtain a broker’s license, individuals need a specific amount of experience as a licensed sales agent, usually 1 to 3 years. They must also take additional formal classroom training. In some states, a bachelor’s degree may be substituted in place of some experience or training requirements.
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