Real estate agent

By: Christine Cisneros

Job description

Rent, buy, or sell property for clients


Required education is a high school diploma. Business programs are offered in community colleges and can help candidates prepare for the job. Courses in office practices, word processing, and other common computer applications are particularly helpful.

Training levels

Normally, you must complete a real estate training program that includes several weeks or months of coursework.

Job Outlook, Salary, Benefits, Drawbacks/Challenges

Employment of real estate clerks is projected to grow 11% in 10 years, which is average.

The average salary is about $40,000.

Benefits: You can control your own business and make the decisions

Drawbacks: No one is there to help you learn about the market; transactions can be very stressful

Professional Organization

Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC): world's largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer. There are more than 42,000 active members of the organization worldwide. REBAC awards the Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) and the Accredited Buyer's Representative Manager (ABRM) designations

Certifications required

Must have a real estate agent license


1. What do real estate agents do on a daily basis? They complete, submit, and file paperwork, such as real estate documents, agreements, and records with the proper state agencies. Also, they plan and coordinate appointments, open houses, showing, and meetings with clients and other real estate agents.

2. How is the competition between real estate agents? They are very competitive against each other; you need to be known as the expert; this will help differentiate yourself. Websites, postcards, television, billboards, fliers, and blogs are all effective in marketing plans.

3. How do real estate agents work with home buyer's? They list the property with relevant services, take photos of the property, inside and out, to prepare a presentation to buyer's, and make offers of purchase on real estate.