How to become a Realtor
Every state has different licensing requirements to become a realtor. For example, you may need to be a specific age, pass a background check and complete a college-level real-estate course. Depending on where you live, you'll need to complete a certain number of classroom hours, which you can do at a university or local college.
Finally, you'll need to pass the licensing exam and activate your real estate agent license with the NAR. When you've completed your qualifications, you'll need to start building a network to make it easier to find clients and properties to sell.
What skills help Realtors find jobs?
- Sales Experience
- Time Management
- Outbound Sales
- Sales Pipeline
- Communication Skills
- Customer Service
- Cold Calling
Career progression for Realtor
Education levels for Realtors
|required level of education||percent of job openings|
|High School Diploma or GED||53.1%|
Expected salary by experience
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Common qualifications for Realtors
- Real Estate License
- Real Estate Broker
- Driver's License
- Physician Assistant License
- Medical Laboratory Scientist Certification
- Doubles/Triples Endorsement
- Non-CDL Class C
- Physical Therapy License
- Life Insurance License
- Medical License
- Certified Notary Public
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a realtor?
A real estate agent is a professional with valid license who helps people buy and sell commercial and residential properties. A realtor (who can also be an agent) is the title given to those who are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Is being a realtor hard?
Being a realtor can have its challenges. Clients may be demanding and expect significantly more from a sale than is possible. Setting realistic expectations with clients at the beginning can help to reduce these challenges.
Is it necessary to join National Association of Realtors (NAR) to be a realtor?
Yes, it is necessary to join the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to become a realtor. A real estate agent will be given a realtor title only when they are paying members of this association.