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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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