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Estate Agent Job Overview

Estate agents use their knowledge of the property market to help people buy and sell properties. While much of their work involves residential sales, an agent's role is varied. Some agencies deal with commercial property, the sale of land, lettings, property management and negotiating overseas sales. The range of tasks can also differ from agency to agency, depending if it specialises in commercial, rural or residential property, but common tasks include showing prospective buyers around and making valuations. Estate agents master a lot of skills during the course of their profession and it is not uncommon for some to open their own agency or to train to become a surveyor.

Estate Agent Job Education Requirements

No formal academic qualifications are essential to become a trainee agent, but because of increasing competition for positions it could be an advantage to have GCSEs, an NVQ, degree or HND. Estate agents need to use a mixture of marketing, sales and negotiation skills and many employers consider an applicant's personality and experience to be more valuable than academic achievement. As a result, a background in sales, administration or customer service may be helpful. It is possible to get an administrative assistant jobs straight out of school or college and gain industry-recognised qualifications to become an estate agent or progress to become a senior negotiator or find an estate agent manager job.

Estate Agent Job Market

There are estate agency offices throughout the UK and estate agent jobs are often advertised. However, opportunities can fluctuate according to the economy, the state of the housing market and the building industry. At the moment, the market is buoyant.

Estate Agent Job Salaries

Basic salaries vary depending on location, qualifications and the size of the agency. Trainees can earn around £13,000 a year, increasing to £35,000 a year for experienced agents and managers. All levels can usually earn extra commission based on sales.

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