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Real Estate Agent

Buy, sell, lease and manage properties for clients.

What's it like to be a Real Estate Agent?

A Real Estate Agent may specialise in the sale, purchase or leasing and management of residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural property whether it be existing dwellings, off the plan or vacant lots of land.

Real Estate Agent

Tasks and duties

  • Seeking out prospective vendors and identifying potential buyers.
  • Promoting sales of properties through brochures, open houses, print and online listings.
  • Presenting properties and accompanying prospective buyers during property inspections.
  • Writing vendor reports, appraising properties, preparing contracts and documents, negotiating terms between buyers and sellers and facilitating settlements.
  • Advising clients on market conditions, prices, mortgages, legal requirements and related matters, such as construction work, financing, maintenance, repairs, and appraisals.
  • Developing networks of solicitors, lenders, and tradespeople to whom clients may be referred.
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As a Real Estate Agent, you are in the people business so face-to-face meetings and phone calls are a big part of the job. You will be responsible for presenting properties in the best possible light, highlighting their key selling attributes in order to obtain the best price for the vendor whilst being remunerated in commissions.

Many Real Estate Agents work on weekends, particularly those in residential sales, as this is the time when auctions and open inspections typically occur.

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How to become a Real Estate Agent


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To become a Real Estate Agent in Australia, you will need to meet eligibility requirements and complete a qualification and certificate of registration in your state or territory. You will also need to gain experience working under the supervision of a licenced real estate agent. Requirements to gain a real estate agent’s licence will vary from state to state.

  1. Complete work experience. You must have gained at least 12 months full-time experience as an agent’s representative at any time during the last three years immediately before applying for a licence.
  2. Complete a real estate course delivered by a registered training organisation, such as a Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) (CPP40307) .
  3. Apply for your real estate agent’s licence.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want

  • Results orientation
  • Real estate agent's licence
  • Organisational skills
  • Self motivation
  • Communication skills

Shortlisted applicants

  • Ms office proficiency
  • Customer centricity
  • Persuasion & influence
  • Marketing
  • Resilience
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How do Real Estate Agents rate their role?

Latest reviews from 20 Real Estate Agents surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.5

Latest reviews

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Jan 2020
Real estate is not that tough job but it ,but at end of the day people must bring deals to get properties
Reviewer's Qualification
NQF level 4
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Sales negotiator, close deals
The good things
Good things is that build trust honesty to the client it is when get deals, one client can bring many clients if you play you role in a dignified way. It when you make money that way ,you must be very...
The challenges
The challenges are if you don't talk to sure case you role not easier to get deals, always have the information from you areas valuation of properties around you ,go out people must know you and your ...
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Dec 2018
Real Estate will Reward You
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Real Estate
The good things
Real Estate is rewarding financially and also on a personal basis. The satisfaction of Customers both buying and selling is what motivates Me to do the very best i can for my clients whilst acting in ...
The challenges
Time Management is imperative along with the ability to FOLLOW -UP Every enquiry. You will need to be able to handle rejection and failure / as not every customer will do business with you despite you...
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Nov 2018
So you want to be a Real Estate Agent
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Real Estate (Agents Representative Registration)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Real Estate Agent
The good things
Being a Real Estate Agent is great the flexibility of the role certainly suits most people that are wanting to have the ability to mix work with family and life in general. every day is filled with ne...
The challenges
The downside to this line of work is that you do not get a regular wage, you only get a percentage of the commission that has been created, then there are the expenses involved in trying to get a sale...
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Nov 2018
Hard work as realtor
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Real Estate Agency Practice
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Residential sales
The good things
Great Job If you like to work with people and help them sale their most voluble asset . Lot of work this days can be done from a home office. Accept to work most Saturdays as this is the time for open...
The challenges
It is getting harder and harder to score Listings, very difficult at present.
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Nov 2018
look for something else.
Reviewer's Qualification
higher school cirt
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
look for some thing else, its a very demanding job with very little rewards. for the majority of people.
The challenges
its very demanding, with very little reward for most people, and real estate managers are not good to work with.
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Nov 2018
Real Estate is people not property !
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Franchising
The good things
Helping others, providing support, earning trust and delivering best outcomes for families, professionals, couples, first home buyers and investors. An outstandingly rewarding career that comes to lig...
The challenges
sourcing the truth, dealing with uncontrollable outside influences , competitive , diminishing commissions , uneducated and unskilled / unlicensed representatives .
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Nov 2018
Real Estate - Liar Liar.
Reviewer's Qualification
Licenced Real estate agent, stock and station agent and auctioneer
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Residential sales
The good things
There is an opportunity for suitable candidates to make a lot of money and you will become a person of note, or interest within your community. For those with a good community spirit, you will be abl...
The challenges
Real estate sales has the unfortunate community perception as being populated by people of low or dubious scruples, and in my experience this is largely true. There is no requirement to be shady or un...
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Oct 2018
Realestate is fun but demanding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Real Estate Agency Practice
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Property management
The good things
Confident speaking as you meet a lot of people in all walks of life Computer office programs a lot of paperwork Presentation
The challenges
Paperwork making sure you proof read everything
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Oct 2018
Real Estate give you full satisfaction
Reviewer's Qualification
Licenced Real Estate Agent
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Residential Commercial Rural
The good things
The best part is helping someone or family to find a home that suits there needs . Also working with the elderly to make the sale for them a smooth transaction
The challenges
Finding Quality property for sales and dealing in Property managment
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Oct 2018
Real Estate is a way of life
Reviewer's Qualification
Real Estate agents & Stock and station agents license
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Residential Sales
The good things
The role is wide and varied, not 2 days are the same. You get to talk to people from all walks of life and help them into their dream home. My take on the industry is that you get to have a chat with ...
The challenges
It’s all about people, not houses. Sometimes people need help in making a big decision, procrastination is natural to some people.
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Working hours for Real Estate Agents

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
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