If you've got a knack for sales and a passion for helping people make their dreams of owning their own home or business a reality, then a career as an estate agent may be right up your alley! Estate agents, like those at Beercock Wiles & Wick, specialize in selling property, both residential and commercial. Knowing a bit about what estate agents do and what you can expect if you decide to enter into the field might help you decide if it is the right career choice for you.
What kind of education will you need?
A postgraduate education is not always necessary although it may be helpful if you hold a degree in business or management. The skills required to obtain a business degree are easily transferable if you are looking into becoming an estate agent.
Estate agent job duties
As an estate agent, you will be expected to broker the buying and selling of properties, advertise your services, manage rented properties, and those are just the beginning. Estate agency is a business and as such, you will be expected to show that you can buy and sell with the best of them.
What are the hours?
Work hours will vary considerably and estate agents are notorious for working long or unconventional hours. You have to be able to drop what you're doing, go show a property to prospective buyers, and then come back and pick up where you left off. If you enjoy a fast paced environment, estate agency may be just the job for you.
How much can you expect to make?
Even if you are dedicated and passionate about buying and selling real-estate, money, and how much of it you'll be making is a huge factor in deciding to enter this line of work. The amount of money it is possible to earn is based on a few different factors. Firstly, how much of your income will be salaried? Most estate agents make a base salary plus addition income from commissions on sales. How much you make off of commission will depend on what your percentage rate is.
Estate agents are passionate about giving their clients everything they are looking for in a new home or commercial property, and they have an in depth knowledge of real estate trends and property values. If you're considering a career in estate agency, contact a local real estate agent. They will be able to point you in the right direction.