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How to become a Real Estate Property Agent

Updated on March 13, 2013

Real Estate Agent - A Very Lucrative Profession

Being a real estate agent can be a very rewarding and lucrative career anywhere in the world. Despite the irregular shifts in the global economy, the real estate industry is good business. Statistics from The Economist shows that residential property assets in the developed economies amount up to 48 trillion USD. Residential property does not include commercial property assets or equities, which amount in the trillions as well. The truth of the matter is, despite any economic situations, people are always looking to buy or sell a house.

So if you are jaded in your line of work or currently unemployed looking to build a career instead of seeking a part-time job, jumping into the real estate business and becoming a property agent or realtor a broker (as it is called in some parts of the USA) could be your calling. This article will take a look at what it takes to be a property agent, a highly successful one.

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Practices around the world slightly differ from one another regarding property agents but first off, you should check out whether you need a license to practice as a property agent in your country or state. In the UK, there is no legal requirement to trade as a property agent but in smaller countries where properties are more manageable like Singapore; there are qualifications and a license you have to get to ply your trade as a property agent.

There is a social stigma worldwide that correlates real estate property agents as being dishonest and fraudulent when they do business so to quell these stigmas, it is probably best to join a property agency that has been accredited by an ISO certification or have gained famed as a trustworthy agency in the business. Once you have earned your license and joined a trustworthy firm, it is time to get the ball rolling.

It is crucial for you to understand the concept of a property agent. You need to market yourself to market the homes you are selling. You need to advertise and sell yourself to rake in the commission from the sale of the house. Yes, a property agent is a commission-based business so since you are green and new to the business, you will probably have to squander the first few weeks or months without a single cent of a paycheck.

It is important for you to be proactive and disciplined. Once you have a house to sell, it could be wise to fork out a little of your own pocket money to advertise yourself in the market. Whether you put up an advertising space in the local newspaper or distribute leaflets to complete strangers, there are no definite ways to find success as a property agent but the chances of you being successful would increase if you persevere.

It is also important to have effective networking amongst your colleagues, partners and friends. In the real estate business, your name card is your best friend. Chances are, by passing your name card around you might just find the next buyer for the house you are selling or your next client needing your service to sell their property. By networking with people, you are increasing your chances for success.

Now that we have the tips and guidelines out to be a successful property agent, we shall take now take a look at the services you have to offer to be a good agent. Exposure is an important word in the real estate market. You need to expose the property you are selling to potential buyers. Events like open houses, hosting a website of yourself and the properties you are selling will attract people to come and view the properties you are selling and you will be well on your way to being successful.

Once you have achieved considerable success as a real estate agent, perhaps you would want to think about coming up with your own guides or kits to market and sell a real estate property. This would not only earn you some form of financial gain, it also gives you a chance to share your knowledge with the budding property agents in your area. So, for those who are thinking of giving the real estate market a try, the world is indeed your oyster. Now get out and make a name for yourself!


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      london property finder 6 years ago

      Exactly.... being a real estate agent is a lucrative job today. It's self-grooming also.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Yes, good tips indeed. Guerilla marketing can help too.

      Remember if you are on the phone with a person "always be selling" if you are not selling them, they are selling you.

      I love those quotes from "Boiler Room"