What does a Realtor do?

Real estate agents guide clients through the buying and selling of properties. As a seller, they help clients place their home on the market and provide consultation on how to best prepare the home for a successful and fast sale. As a buyer, they search for properties that match the client's specifications like price and square footage.

Real estate agents must take pre-licensing courses as determined by their state of residence. After this, they must obtain a license by passing a state and national exam. They need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Consult with clients on how to sell their home quickly and for a good value
  • Take clients on home tours and attend open houses
  • Advise clients throughout the negotiation process to help them get maximum value for their home
  • Study your local real estate community and be knowledgeable on current home sales
  • Advertise your realtor services to the local community through marketing materials and networking
  • Maintain and update listings of your available properties
  • Obtain and maintain exclusive listings of your own
  • Answer questions about contracts and terms of sale
  • Valid Real Estate License in the relevant state or the ability to obtain one quickly
  • Strong sales, negotiation, and communication skills
  • Ability to understand and present contracts
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to network to build your business
  • Strong work ethic, and a pleasant and trustworthy demeanor
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to work independently with excellent interpersonal skills

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
25%
5 - 7
6%
8+
55%

Common Skill Sets

Time Management
CRM
Negotiation
Interpersonal and Communication
Leases
Positive Attitude
Written Communication
VERBAL Communication

Realtor Seniority Levels

Leasing Agent
14% made the transition
Business Development Manager
32% made the transition
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