Ed, a Real Estate Agent, describes his career as two jobs; dealing with transactions, and generating leads. He decided to go into business on his own after working as a television engineer at a local station for 25 years. Meeting people and staying in touch with them is key to success in this line of work.
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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