An estate agent is the intermediary person between a buyer and a vendor of a residential property. Your goal as an estate agent is to get the best price for the seller.
As an estate agent, you will be employed either by estate agencies, or property firms and consultancies. You can also consider being self-employed if you feel capable of starting your own business. If you consider finding a job as an estate agent, it's important to keep in mind that you will be in regular contact with clients. You will also work with external parties such as mortgage companies or firms of solicitors for example. You will be in charge of valuating and marketing properties as well as monitoring sales progress and managing renting properties.
To become an estate agent, it is not always required to have a degree. However, experience or a degree linked to the sector will help you get a job. Remember to put forward any previous experience you have had in sales or customer service. The following skills are strongly recommended for the job: excellent communication skills, teamwork ability, sales and negotiation skills as well as excellent business sense. You need to have a valid driving license. Indeed, although your work will be mainly office based, property valuations will require you to be able to go around independently.
Bonuses linked to the meeting of sales target are added to starting salaries. During your job search, remember that employers will be more interested in your previous experience and skills than your formal qualifications.
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