Imagine working for yourself in a flexible career where you can be your own boss, set your own schedule, work and play in an industry with unlimited income potential, and shape the future of your community by helping others achieve the American dream of owning a home.
Whether you are an emerging or seasoned professional, there’s a bright future for entrepreneurial-minded, motivated individuals who want to reap the rewards of a successful career in real estate. The industry offers a wide variety of opportunities, including those in brokerages and leasing services for homes, office buildings, industrial properties and farmland, as well as property management, appraisal, and counseling. Which one is right for you?
1. Getting started is quick and painless
Real estate brokers and sales agents must be licensed. To become licensed, candidates must be high school graduates, at least 18 years old, and complete a particular number of hours of real estate courses. In Pennsylvania, you can complete the required training, become a licensed real estate agent, and start a new career in just a matter of weeks or months. Check out these real estate licensing schools in your area that can help you prepare for and pass the licensing exam.
Suburban West (Malvern, PA)
Bucks County (Warminster, PA)
Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy (Bethlehem, PA)
Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors® (Enola, PA)
Realtors® Educational Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Pocono Real Estate Academy (Stroudsburg, PA)
Lancaster County Association of Realtors® (Lancaster, PA)
2. You are your own boss
As a real estate agent or broker, you’re an independent contractor and control your own book of business. You make the decisions. With a good attitude, a lot of motivation, and a solid work ethic, there are virtually no limits for the growth of your real estate business.
3. Your potential for earned income is unlimited
As a Realtor®, your income is largely determined by the time you invest—which means you could make a lot if you work hard or only a little if you don’t. Top producers earn a lot more than the average real estate agent and those ranges vary greatly, anywhere from $25,000 to $300,000 annually according to most estimates.
4. Your hours are yours to keep
Realtors® work flexible hours, no mundane 9 to 5 schedules here. When you work is up to you and your clients.
5. You make a difference
As a Realtor®, you help clients achieve the American dream of owning a home, which is, for many, one of the most important decisions they will ever make. Most Realtors® report a high level of on-the-job satisfaction, knowing they are helping to build strong communities and families.
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor®?
Anyone who earns a real estate license can be called a real estate agent, whether that license is as a sales professional, an associate broker, or a broker. A real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, which means that he or she must uphold the standards of the association and its code of ethics, is called a Realtor®, and is entitled to all of the benefits of membership associated with the trademark.
A real estate broker is a person who has taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and has passed a broker’s license exam. Brokers can work alone or they can hire agents to work for them.
Others real estate career choices include:
What does a typical day look like for a Realtor®?
Virtually every day is different for a Realtor®, especially considering the wide range of occupations within the field. Some of the tasks associated with a real estate agent might include the following:
How do I get my Pennsylvania Real Estate license?