Real estate agent. Realtor. Agent. You’ve probably heard these terms thrown around before, but do you really know what they are and what they do? If not, keep reading to have a better understanding of a real estate agent and the job of the realtor.
You already know real estate agents help sell property, but how do they do that? Is it as simple as putting a sign in the yard with their phone number, then sitting back and waiting for the calls to roll in? Absolutely not.
Real estate agents do a lot of things. In order for someone to become a real estate agent, an individual has to pass real estate broker classes. During this class, individuals will learn the job description of a real estate agent, the requirements, which vary by state, to become one, and all of the laws that are involved.
Once passing the class, there are the national and state exams, and background checks in order to even get your real estate license. This costs money and takes time. Then once they become licensed, they usually choose a brokerage firm to work with and are trained by them in the entire real estate sales process.
Those are just some of the various things Realtors do. Some would say a Realtor wears many hats: marketing expert, financial advisor, moderator, assistant, negotiator, networker, planner, psychologist… that last one was a bit of a joke, but working with the public definitely requires some higher skill in sociology and communications.
This is a very basic layout of what an agent does. To learn about the more specific things an agent does, check out “What Does a Buyer’s Agent Do?” and “What Does a Seller’s Agent Do?”, or visit our Main Blog Page to see other related subjects.
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