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How to become a Real Estate Agent

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.

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Typical qualifications for a Real Estate Agent

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Real Estate Agent jobs in United States

Real Estate Agent (Zillow Flex)–Empowering Opportunities For The Motivated
The Jason Mitchell Group4
Charlotte, NC
$80,000 - $200,000 a year
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35 minutes ago
Real Estate Agent / Realtor (Training Included!)
Keller Williams Stevens Point
Oshkosh, WI
49 minutes ago
1st Class Real Estate Platinum
Bethlehem, GA
From $98,000 a year
53 minutes ago
Real Estate Agent - Entry Level
Century 21 Home Advisors
Lancaster, PA
$40,000 - $120,000 a year
53 minutes ago
Real Estate Agent
Century 21 Home Advisors
Lancaster, PA
$40,000 - $120,000 a year
56 minutes ago
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Career progression for Real Estate Agent

Education levels for Real Estate Agents

Based on the requirements of Real Estate Agent job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's degree37.4%
High school diploma or GED34.5%
Associate's degree20.9%
Master's degree7.2%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Real Estate Agent in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$39,900
4 - 8$43,000
8 - 12$46,000
12 - 16$49,400
16 - 20$48,300
20 - 24$50,100
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Common questions about career advices for a Real Estate Agent

What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?

A real estate agent doesn't have as much education and experience as a real estate broker. They can eventually go back to school and continue serving as an agent for a few more years before pursuing a real estate broker license. Many real estate agents work under a real estate broker.

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What kind of education do you need to be a real estate agent?

To become a real estate agent, you will need at least a high school diploma. Some states have additional requirements including an associate degree in real estate and passing of a real estate certification exam.

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Is getting a real estate license worth it?

Getting a real estate license is worth it and necessary if you want to help others buy and sell real estate. It can also be worth it if you plan on investing in real estate yourself as it will prepare you with additional information to be successful.

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