Wednesday, April 22, 2009
How To Become a Real Estate Agent
By Velida Alemic
Real estate agents help people to buy, sell or lease their homes, buildings or land. There are two different types of agents: residential and commercial. Residential real estate agents concentrate in working with homeowners while commercial real estate agents deal with office space and buildings. The primary duty of a real estate agent is to provide their customer with all of the knowledge they need to set prices, make offers and negotiate deals. Real estate agents have to have a flexible schedule, they have to be able to meet with their clients when the clients need them. Some days real estate agents don’t have any appointments while other days they are swamped with them. Real estate agents are paid on commission. They get a percentage of the sale price for every home, property, land they sell. So the more they sell, the more they get paid! This means that there no set salary you will be getting. If you have a good year, you make a lot of money but the negative side is if you don’t make sales, you are not getting paid. In order to be a real estate agent, you have to be passionate about selling, that is the only way to be good at it and make money. The qualifications required to become a real estate agent are simple, have to be a high school graduate, 18 years or older, and pass a written test. Usually real estate agents get 60 to 90 hours of formal training before taking the test. Each state requires a real estate to be licensed. So if you are a great sales person, think about a career in real estate when opportunities are endless.