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What Do Real Estate Agents Do?

Updated on July 2, 2011
A professional real estate agent often works with a team to see your escrow through to a successful closing. CC lic:
A professional real estate agent often works with a team to see your escrow through to a successful closing. CC lic: | Source

Real estate agents don’t just dress in suits and talk on phones all day. They provide a valuable service to homeowners, home buyers, renters and anyone else interested in real estate. Here’s a look at the many services real estate agents provide.

You see them wearing suits and talking on phones. Their smiling portraits can be found on billboards, in newspaper ads and printed on those little notepads left at your front door. They’re ready to help you with your real estate needs. But what exactly does that mean? What do real estate agents do?

Who Are These Smiling People?

The people in those smiling portraits are professionals who assist homeowners, home buyers and renters in real estate transactions. They are individuals who have successfully completed specialized training, testing and licensing before beginning their careers. Real estate agents continue their education throughout their careers, attending workshops and participating in classes to stay on the cutting edge of real estate, all to serve you better.

What Do They Do?

A lot of what real estate agents do takes place behind the scenes, and often on weekends. They research properties for sale and rent on an ongoing basis to keep current with the pricing and availability of homes in a neighborhood. Agents familiarize themselves with schools, shopping centers and services local to the area, so they can better recommend properties to clients. They regularly visit neighborhoods in person, keep in contact with residents, businesses and services, and get updates on what’s happening in the community.

Between holding open houses, finalizing paperwork at escrow offices and meeting inspectors at properties, real estate agents rarely spend a full day inside the office. Thankfully, today’s technology has made communication between agents and clients convenient for everyone. Accessible agents offer several modes of contact, such as office, home and mobile phone numbers, email addresses, chat and text IDs and even social networking sites.

Professional real estate agents are readily available to their clients through a variety of contact methods. CC lic:
Professional real estate agents are readily available to their clients through a variety of contact methods. CC lic: | Source

Marketing properties requires time and effort, and real estate agents use a variety of tools for the job. Online marketing through websites and social media is often combined with established forms of real estate advertising, such as newsletters and ads in the local paper. Your real estate agent will best know how to market properties in your specific area.

Real estate agents keep abreast of current real estate news, laws and trends, and so are equipped to handle contracts and ensure all the details are properly addressed. They know which forms need to be filled out and submitted and what pertinent information must be included in these forms. They make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed to meet with the legal requirements of selling a property.

Your real estate professional will save you from getting completely bogged down in reams of paperwork. Let your agent prepare the necessary documents to ensure all legal requirements are met.  CC lic:
Your real estate professional will save you from getting completely bogged down in reams of paperwork. Let your agent prepare the necessary documents to ensure all legal requirements are met. CC lic: | Source

Bringing You Home Sweet Home

It's everything you don't see that enables real estate agents to connect buyers and sellers, helping clients to find their home sweet home. And that's what keeps those agents smiling.

© M.S. Ross - All Rights Reserved

Should I Use An Agent or Sell It Myself?

When selling a property, carefully consider the pros and cons of selling it yourself (FSBO or For Sale By Owner) as compared to using the services of a professional real estate agent. Trained professionals know which documents are vital to include in the transfer of a property and which tasks must be completed before the close of escrow. Since they are quite familiar with the entire process, professional real estate agents can navigate all the legally required inspections and documents of real estate transactions, and you can rest assured that all the details have been addressed.


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    • Mac31 profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Well, one thing that you need to really look at here is why the first agent told you not to put anything less than $350,000 in the first place. Is he the selling agent or is he going to be representing the buyer. You have to remember that realtors get paid by commission, so I would question what his cut of the sell is going to be. Then if he is getting a commission from the sell of the house he does have an interest in the sell of the property and is actually making an unethical business practice. Realtors are supposed to be looking out for your best interest and nobody else. It's all about money. I wouldn't trust that realtor with any type of sales, because that's the one that is going to be pocketing a good percentage of your hard earned money by lying to you.

    • Learn Things Web profile image

      Learn Things Web 

      9 years ago from California

      My husband and I never had a problem with a real estate agent that did sales for us. I think it is important to interview multiple agents before choosing someone to do a sale for you.

      But we have dealt with some selling agents that were completely dishonest when trying to buy a house a couple of years ago. One agent told us that we shouldn't bother putting in an offer of less than $350,000 on a foreclosure. Our agent recommended an offer of $300,000. The house ended up selling for $280,000. The agent seemed to be deliberately discouraging higher offers. I was told by someone that sometimes agents wouldn't turn in higher offers so they could sell to people they know.

    • Miss Mellie profile imageAUTHOR

      M.S. Ross 

      9 years ago

      Thanks, Jinesh. As in all industries, it takes just a few bad apples to give an entire field a bad rep. As a former real estate agent myself, I can vouch that there are indeed many excellent and highly ethical agents out there. It's definitely worth doing your homework to research which agents are professionals and which are...well, *not*...prior to engaging an agent to assist you with your real estate needs. Here's wishing a better experience for you next time!

    • Jinesh07 profile image


      9 years ago from Leamington Spa

      Hi, it was very interesting reading an article from a point of view not often seen. Most people really do not like Estate Agents. Unfortunately I have also had bad experiences with some. In my local area there are a high number of students and a frequent problem is that estate agents appear to take advantage of students with little knowledge of the housing market and a high demand for housing. For example, at a local estate agents we had informally reserved a property for renting out and were on our way to the bank to take out the money for the deposit but found to our dismay that the agent had rented out the property to another group who had come in while we were gone! I think it is acts like this that give estate agents a bad name.

      Perhaps I have just been unlucky. It was still a very inforative hub and I voted up.

    • Miss Mellie profile imageAUTHOR

      M.S. Ross 

      9 years ago

      There's no argument to what you say, writeronline. Whether it's real estate, magnetic "health" wrist bands, or T-shirts imprinted with "I Drink Your Milkshake" meme images, there are always going to be hoards of people who quickly jump on bandwagons, make their buck, pay attention to when the tide's about to go out, and off they run to the next fad. It's a cunning way to do business, and I'm sure many people make buckets of money doing such things, but those are clearly not career professionals.

      This discredit such people do to professionals who dedicate decades to their livelihood is sad, and very hard to measure. Hopefully, people in the market to buy or sell a home recognize the level of investment and responsibility involved in such a transaction (especially these days!) and are careful to do their homework in researching the best real estate representative for them, rather than picking a random agent because a pretty notepad was left on the doorstep.

      Thanks for your kind words and the votes.

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      9 years ago

      Heya, Miss Mellie, I'll bet few people are willing to agree with you about the professionalism of Real Estate Agents. Because most people have never met a truly professional one.

      Not because they're aren't any. But, because the smaller number of real performers is swamped by the endless wave of pretenders, constantly entering and leaving the industry.

      Sadly, (in my experience),the real estate industry suffers from the same plague that bedevils the online writing business. There are virtually no barriers to entering the field, and because "anyone can do it", hundreds do. Or think they can.

      In real estate, short term participants join the industry during boom times, 'sell' a property or two for friends, or relatives, and delude themselves into believing they're skilled salespeople, when in fact, because times are good, it's the market that's making properties move; all that's required from the 'agent' is to be in the same room when the buyer decides to buy.

      Or, if necessary, helping the buyer (who's NOT paying their commission)to pressure the seller (who IS...) into lowering the price; and believing that's a professional sales process.

      When things toughen up, and the rising tide ceases to float all boats, out they go. But when times get good again, as they invariably do in the property cycle, back comes another wave of 'anyones', and the pattern repeats.

      I feel sorry for the 'real real estate agents', but if you think I'm a bit full-on about this, check my hub about Making Real Money Writing online.." Not for the faint-hearted.

      Another up and useful from me.


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