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.

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What skills help Realtors find jobs?

  • Sales Experience
  • Negotiation
  • Time Management
  • Outbound Sales
  • Sales Pipeline
  • Contracts
  • Communication Skills
  • Agriculture
  • Customer Service
  • Cold Calling
  • Purchasing
  • Acquisitions
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Career progression for Realtor

Education levels for Realtors

Based on the requirements of Realtor job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High School Diploma or GED53.1%
Bachelor's Degree38.3%
Associate's Degree7.1%
Doctoral Degree0.7%
Master's Degree0.7%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Realtor in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0-4$40,500
4-8$42,400
8-12$46,000
12-16$49,100
16-20$51,300
20-24$52,200
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Common qualifications for Realtors

  • Real Estate License
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Driver's License
  • Physician Assistant License
  • NMLS
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist Certification
  • Doubles/Triples Endorsement
  • Non-CDL Class C
  • Physical Therapy License
  • Life Insurance License
  • Medical License
  • Certified Notary Public
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for a Realtor

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).

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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.

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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.

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