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Real Estate Agent

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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Buying or selling a house or an apartment is one of the biggest decisions of


a person’s life.   And when selling or establishing a price for real estate,


people seek out real estate agents to do the dirty work.   A real estate agent


has to convince a prospective homeowner that he or she is trustworthy and


knowledgeable.   In many ways, the agent acts as a counselor to individuals


and families about to embark on a huge commitment.   Real estate agents


have a thorough knowledge or real estate market in their community.   They


know which neighborhoods will best fit their client’s needs and budgets.






        Real estate agents are generally independent sales employees who


provide their services to licensed brokers on a contract basis.   In return, the


broker pays the agent a portion of the commission earned from property


sold through the firm, by the agents.   They are familiar with local zoning


and tax laws, and know where to obtain financing.   A good real estate agent


is informed about things like schools, tax rates, public transportation


systems, and should be aware of going mortgage rates.






        To be eligible to become a real estate agent, he or she must first be a


high school graduate, be at least 18 years of age, and pass a written test.   In


every state real estate agents must obtain a state license to sell and rent


properties.   Over 1,000 universities, colleges, and junior colleges offer


courses in real estate. Many local real estate associations sponsor courses


covering the fundamentals and legal aspects of the field. As for sales skills,


large brokerage firms offer formal training programs for both beginners and


experienced agents.  






        Advancement opportunities for agents often take the form of higher


commission rates and more and...

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