Real Estate Career Options
Real Estate Agent
Assist clients in all aspects of buying, selling, and investing in property.
Becoming an agent is the most popular career choice in the real estate industry and is an excellent match for people of all personality types and professional backgrounds.
Agents have an ever-changing work schedule as they manage a variety of responsibilities, including studying the market, showing properties, writing sales contracts, and hosting open houses.
Real Estate Broker
Supervise a team of agents and review contracts for accuracy and timeliness.
Brokers have the responsibility of reviewing contracts made by agents and ensuring their accuracy. They will often start their own company or team within an existing brokerage.
Many real estate brokers also continue to work as agents by helping with buying and selling property. Obtaining a real estate license is a pre-requisite for any real estate broker.
Real Estate Office Assistant
Make agents more productive by performing a variety of tasks.
Office assistants play a vital support role in the day-to-day operations of offices with 10+ agents. They help agents remain organized, work productively, and provide a higher level of service to clients.
They often collaborate with agents on projects, perform a variety of in-office tasks while agents are out in the field, and work at a “front desk” where they interact directly with clients.
Top Producer Assistant
Work with a highly successful agent and assist with various aspects of their business.
Teaming with a top producing agent is an exciting way to learn the real estate business first-hand and discover what it takes to be the “best in the business”.
Assistants often work on a variety of tasks related to marketing campaigns, transaction paperwork, following up with client leads, and maintaining a presence at the office while the agent is in the field.
Real Estate Appraiser
Calculate the market value of properties and generate reports explaining your findings.
Appraisers spend most of their time investigating properties on-location and evaluating items such as comparable sales and amenities to determine current market value.
They also spend time creating detailed reports explaining their valuation, including property photos, recent sales in the area, and information of public record about the property.
Help clients evaluate loan options and explain financial details.
Mortgage brokers and lenders both focus mainly on meeting with clients, discussing their financial situation and goals, and advising clients on a particular mortgage loan.
They help clients get “pre-approved” for a loan when beginning the buying process, collaborate with other professionals to get the loan funded, and participate in the closing process with agents.
Manage all the paperwork for a transaction to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
Transaction Coordinator or “TCs” work closely with agents on both sides of transactions to ensure all contracts are completed correctly and everyone involved has what they need.
Working in this position is ideal for anyone who loves the business of real estate, but doesn’t want to focus on sales. TCs typically work from an office and oversee documents needed from both buyers and sellers.
Vendor / B2B Sales
Sell a large variety of products and services to real estate professionals.
Real estate vendor is a blanket term for anyone who assists agents in serving their clients. Vendors often sell ancillary products and services that agents can’t produce on their own.
Vendors typically include companies that sell print and online marketing, hardware and software, home warranties, client gifts, construction services, etc.
Title Insurance Representative
Ensure there are no conflicts of ownership when purchasing property.
“Title reps” have close working relationships to agents and help them with business development goals, such as creating “farms” for agent prospecting.
They also manage the title insurance process which helps protect buyers from any legal issues pertaining to a property. This work includes researching the history of ownership of a property.
Review transaction paperwork and transfer property from one party to another.
Escrow officers play a vital role in the transaction process by making sure buyers and sellers are fairly represented and the transaction is executed exactly as intended.
They review contracts, financial aspects, and other details to successfully transfer ownership of property and work closely with real estate agents and title insurance representatives.
Real Estate Investor
Earn a profit from improving, holding, and renting different types of properties.
Real estate investors spend much of their time qualifying investment opportunities, making improvement plans, and managing renovations for properties they invest in.
Investors work both in-the-field and at home/office and collaborate with other professionals, especially those focused in construction, maintenance, finance, and real estate sales.
Assist property owners by interacting with tenants and third parties on their behalf.
Property managers often represent a large number clients, properties, and tenants. They have the ability to make decisions for owners who are not available to manage properties themselves.
Managers tend to work in an office setting and deal with many issues over the phone or in-person. They focus on ensuring rents are collected, facilities are maintained, and problems are solved.
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