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Also known as:
Agricultural Real Estate Agent, Apartment Rental Agent, Industrial Real Estate Agent, Land Sales Agent, Right of Way Agent
Buying or selling a house is the biggest financial transaction in most people's lives, and real estate sales agents are intimately involved in every part of the process. Some agents specialize in commercial and industrial property, but the vast majority work in the residential market, usually in ass ...
ociation with a licensed real estate broker.
The broker provides office space and support services while the agent sells the property. The two split the six to seven percent commission on the sale of the house. As a result, many real estate agents can earn a comfortable living selling only a few houses a year. But there is great competition, and most agents have to accommodate the schedules of potential buyers and show homes at irregular hours. Hosting "open houses" on weekends may also be part of the job.
Of course, selling real estate isn't just about money. It's also about people's dreams. And few things are more satisfying than matching the right family to the right house, which you know they'll turn into a real home.
Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Arrange meetings between buyers and sellers when details of transactions need to be negotiated.
Display commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential properties to clients and explain their features.
Conduct seminars and training sessions for sales agents to improve sales techniques.
Advise sellers on how to make homes more appealing to potential buyers.
Arrange for title searches to determine whether clients have clear property titles.
Coordinate appointments to show homes to prospective buyers.
Evaluate mortgage options to help clients obtain financing at the best prevailing rates and terms.
Answer clients' questions regarding construction work, financing, maintenance, repairs, and appraisals.
Coordinate property closings, overseeing signing of documents and disbursement of funds.
Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
Review property listings, trade journals, and relevant literature, and attend conventions, seminars, and staff and association meetings to remain knowledgeable about real estate markets.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
Selling or Influencing Others
Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
Interacting With Computers
Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.