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How to Get a Job as a Real Estate Agent

Moe Veissi, the 2013 president of the National Association of Realtors, says commission should be the last thing on the mind of an aspiring real estate agent. He says education comes first: “Without that education upfront, you limit yourself initially.” Veissi says using the NAR as a viable resource for further learning, as the NAR features an extensive library that’s free for members. He also suggests taking courses at state and local associations, as they will be more specific about laws and regulations. “You’ve got a three-tier level of education available, which is more than most other professions,” Veissi says. He also recommends using other real estate agents and brokers as mentors: “People within this business are willing to help you along, even though they are your competition.” On top of education, Veissi says employers are looking for applicants with some background in sales, who exhibit excellent people skills and who are fully committed to the profession. “A good real estate agent must be willing to accept both the stress and the rewards of sales,” he says.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Real Estate Agents

"Why do you want to work here?" - The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Real Estate Agent Candidate (Location Unknown)

"How will you respond to being paid based on commission?" - Arthur Rutenberg Homes Real Estate Sales Associate Candidate (Location Unknown)

"What motivates you?" - Secluded Land Company Real Estate Sales Candidate (Location Unknown)

Review information and interview questions supplied by Glassdoor.

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility good Above Average
Stress Level fair Average
Flexibility good Above Average

What is the Job Like?

Real estate agents must work alongside a licensed broker, usually providing services on a contract basis in return for a portion of the commission earned from the sale. Experienced agents will encounter many opportunities to advance within a firm, or they can earn a brokerage license and start their own business. The standard work week is 40 hours, although many real estate agents will be asked to work longer, and evening and weekend hours are common. However, real estate agents often have the opportunity to determine their own work schedules. This isn't a typical office job: While agents will have to research properties and file paperwork, many aspects of the job—like analyzing and showing properties, meeting with clients, and researching the real estate market—take place away from the desk.

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