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It Takes More Than Just A Realtor

When thinking about services or employment in real estate an agent or sales come to mind. Selling residential real estate is a big part of the real estate business of course, but there are many other services offered. Services that revolve around investing in or buying real estate. There are many other career opportunities than just becoming a real estate agent.

Education is big in real estate. To receive a license to sell real estate one must first learn and study for the test. Special schools exist for the purpose of teaching prospects what they need to know to pass the licensing exam. After the license is received ongoing education is required by most states. Education in the real estate business never ends. Many different types of classes are taught at Universities, community colleges and real estate schools. Seminars are another way to get information and training.

A real estate agent works under a broker. A broker brings together buyers and sellers or landlords and tenants, what ever the case may be. Brokers negotiate the real estate deal for their clients, take care of paper work, and get the deal closed. This is also what agents do, but agents do it for a broker.

Real estate deals, transactions and activity usually requires the services of an appraiser. Appraisers are in the business of making appraisals, or finding the value of something. In real estate appraisers are needed to find the value of properties to be bought and sold. Banks require appraisals before they can lend money. Tax assessment and insurance adjusting requires the services of an appraiser also.

There are counselors in the real estate business whose service is to provide advise to people and firms regarding buying, selling and using real estate properties. Counselors have to have a large knowledge base of tax laws, investing, finance and real estate.

Property management is a big part of the real estate business. Large commercial properties as well as apartment complexes and sometimes subdivisions have companies that manage the day to day operations. Filling vacancies, maintenance and collecting moneys are some of the responsibilities of property management. In the process property mangers find ways to maximize income and keep properties maintained and profitable. There are property management companies and sometimes real estate firms have their own property management divisions.

Mortgage brokers are an important facet of the real estate business. Real estate transactions generally require financing. Mortgage brokers bring buyers and lenders together, much like real estate brokers bring buyers and sellers together. Some real estate brokers also hold a license as a mortgage broker.

To have real estate you need property development. Developing property involves sub dividing land, installing roads, sewers and utilities, and constructing buildings. Everything from construction workers to builders to developers fall into this category.

As you can see there are many jobs that are related directly to real estate. If being a real estate agent is not your desire, there are other services needed to get the job done. From finding the right parcel of land to putting the finishing touches on the landscaping to finding and putting a perspective client into their dream property. Every one of these services plays an important role and the end result couldn’t be accomplished without the entire team.


July 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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