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To become a real estate agent, you do not need a formal college education. Rather, you must be at least 18 or 19 years old, depending on your state. You can then take your state's required courses, followed by a real estate license exam. With that, you are qualified to help customers buy and sell property.
To advance in the field, you can become a real estate broker. This position requires additional courses and allows you to handle more of the technical aspects of property transaction, including establishing the escrow account. Brokers typically own and manage their own firm and employ other real estate agents to work for them.
You can also advance in the field by joining the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a professional organization created in order to promote the real estate profession. Members of NAR are expected to uphold a particular ethics code, so membership in the group helps your customers build confidence in your abilities.
Many clients expect their real estate agents to possess strong interpersonal skills. Many real estate agents learn how to negotiate during their courses. Many clients prefer real estate agents to remain reliable and easy to contact throughout the buying or selling process. Real estate agents should also be strong researchers to stay knowledgeable about market trends.
First, obtain a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old. Next, determine your state's requirements to take the real estate certification exam. Study and pass this exam to become a certified real estate agent in your state.
While a bachelor's degree is not required, a high school diploma or GED is necessary. There is also training and studying required in order to pass the certifying real estate exam.