Careers in Real Estate

If you've been spending a lifetime looking for the right job, spend the next few moments reading about the career of a lifetime! Real estate sales can be a very lucrative and rewarding career. Real estate salespeople are typically independent contractors, and as a result, enjoy the freedom of being their own boss with the guidance and support of their broker or manager. As a real estate salesperson, you will have a great deal of flexibility, the opportunity to work with and meet many interesting people and enjoy a variety of activities in your work.

Your income potential is very high with many agents enjoying six figure incomes and actually employing assistants. Unlike many industries, in recent years, there is excellent long term job security as a licensed agent. Think about it, whether good or bad economy, people still have housing needs.

Real estate sales can also lead to other real estate related careers such as real estate appraisal, mortgage loan officer, sales manager, title officer, property manager, commercial real estate, sales trainer or real estate brokerage management.

Some qualities that you will see typically in a successful agent are:

  • strong self esteem and confidence
  • good communicators (especially as a listener)
  • self motivated to succeed
  • goal oriented
  • very ethical, honest and fair
  • enjoy meeting new people and helping them with their housing needs

If you feel that these are qualities that you have, then perhaps a career is real estate is just what you've been searching for. At Long Island Board of Realtors®, we can help get you started on the right path. You'll first need the New York State required 77 Hour Real Estate Sales Licensing Course.