What does a Real Estate Agent do?

A real estate agent is responsible for arranging the buying, selling and renting of property, including homes, commercial property and land. They work closely with buyers, sellers and other agents to help people find the property they want and need. They often work in a brokerage firm, but they essentially run their own small businesses, managing their expenses, running their offices, communicating with clients and marketing their properties.

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Working as a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent has many duties both before and after making sales. They are responsible for:

  • Researching their local area to see what is available and to answer their buyers' questions about the community
  • Helping their buyers and sellers understand the market and determine a reasonable price for their property
  • Traveling to attend meetings, have showings and arrange open houses
  • Developing marketing plans for their properties, which involves managing all social media sites associated with their work
  • Completing all necessary paperwork
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How much does a Real Estate Agent make in the United States?

33.8k salaries reported, updated at June 11, 2021
$92,125
per year

The average salary for a real estate agent is $92,125 per year in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Work from home
  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Health insurance
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Real Estate Agent

How long do you have to go to school to become a real estate agent?

Each state has different requirements for what coursework is required to become a real estate agent. Individuals may need anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months of school in order to pass the certifying exam in their state.

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How do real estate agents get paid?

Many real estate agents receive a set salary with an additional commission. Some of them can remain steady and successful in their career by solely gaining a commission. This can vary depending on the company a real estate agent will work for. Real estate agents often receive a commission from the property they successfully help a client sell, purchase or rent.

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Is it hard to get a real estate license?

It is not difficult to get a real estate license as long as you take the required courses and study for the exam.

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