So you want to start a career as a real estate agent? Real estate agents act as a go-between seller and buyer transactions. Once a successful transaction is made, you get a commission which has been arranged between you and the seller. So what do you need before you become a real estate agent?
First, you have to be at least a high school graduate. Then you can get a training course for real estate agents. It may cost a bit ranging from a few thousand dollars, but consider that as your capital investment. Enroll in a reputable institution, which is accredited. You cannot pull off a real estate agent job if you didn’t acquire any training. You should know about the requirements of the state where you want to practice as a real estate agent. There is an age requirement for each state; you have to be at least 18 or 21 to become a real estate agent. Post-licensure training is also required in some jurisdictions.
The next thing you need to become a real estate agent is great interpersonal and communication skills. Since you will be dealing with different kinds of people, with different attitudes and temperaments, you have to be patient. You should also be convincing and persuasive. You have to relay information to a buyer effectively so misunderstandings would be avoided.
You also have to be uncomplaining. Your hard work won’t be paid off for a while. But if you know how to wait, your efforts will be worth the wait.
Now, you also need to know how to deal with brokers who you will work for. You should expect at least 30 percent commission for starters. If they offer you less than that, working for them would not be a good idea.
Dealing with buyers is another thing. You have to be courteous and respectable. You should make them feel you are worth their trust-and don’t make them lose their faith in you. If you have a scheduled appointment with a buyer, be prompt and dress up formally. Make sure you’d leave a good impression. Be as friendly as possible. If buyers find you reliable and polite, they might even recommend you to others, expanding your network.
Once you have established yourself as a real estate agent, earn a good reputation. And don’t do anything that would ruin it. Always give your clients a business card so if ever they recommend you to other buyers, they will know how to contact you.
If you are really enthusiastic about being a real estate agent, get a continuing education for it. You have to level up to be more successful.