Becoming a Real Estate Agent – Could this be Your Next Career?

It’s estimated that the average person will change jobs anywhere from four to seven times during their working years. Sometimes this change just means jumping from one job to another within the same field, but often people are intrigued by the opportunities that lie in another area altogether, and go on to rewarding careers in newly chosen domains. Real estate is an interesting career option for anyone who is looking to start a new and rewarding career at any time in his or her life.

The foundations of a good real estate agent

Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not whether a market is hot or cold that will determine your success as a real estate agent. Rather, it is the qualities you possess as a person that will help you to succeed in this business.

Anyone looking to get into the real estate field should have a desire to make people happy, whether you intend to pursue development projects, commercial, industrial, or residential real estate. The lure of the dollar is present in all of these fields, of course, but any agent has to remember that it is reputation and word of mouth more than anything else that will build a career. Whether buyers or sellers, clients will be well aware of your services, and if they know that you are truly working to help them, the rewards will often be a steady business in a market that is hot or cold.

All real estate agents will also need the drive and motivation to be able to work independently. Even those who work for companies will find that their requirements are not the same as they would be in a typical office situation; a lot of the strategy, including time with buyers and approach, is left up to individual realtors. It’s important, then, that a real estate agent is a self starter and committed to his or her own success through hard work.

Training to be a real estate agent

One of the appealing things about becoming a real estate agent, for many people, is that there is unlimited opportunity for success within an area where training is not extensive. Successful real estate agents have as much earning potential as many lawyers, with about six years less formal training. In addition, the opportunity to further your knowledge in the field will never cease, as there are ongoing courses and many changes to real estate laws at the provincial level, of which a successful agent needs to keep abreast.

Real estate is an industry in which more and more people are choosing their second or even third career. A successful agent has unlimited earning potential, and those who are truly “people persons”, self-driven, and willing to work hard will find the career incredibly rewarding.