A career in real estate could be very lucrative in most places, and certainly so in Canada. People are always looking to buy, sell or rent property of various kinds and most of them require the services of a professional realtor to complete the process. Regardless of how bad the real estate market gets, you can be sure that you are not likely to run out of business, particularly if you know what you’re doing.
So are you thinking of a career in Real Estate? Perhaps, trying to decide on your major in college or simply looking to try something new after decades in an entirely different career field? Whatever your background and motivation, there is sure to be a place in real estate for you. You can’t just jump into it, though, as that is probably the quickest way to fail and find yourself right back at square one, wondering what next to do. Instead, follow the steps outlined in this guide, in which we shall be showing you just how to achieve your goal of becoming a real estate agent in as little time as possible.
#1. Decide on your specialty
There are lot’s of career options in real estate but the primary ones are in sales, brokerage and property appraisal. Your formal education as a real estate agent will be tailored to suit either of these fields so be sure to make the right choice.
#2. Acquire A license
To become a licensed real estate agent in Canada, you will have to acquire the relevant license for your province. The requirements vary from province to province but basically, candidates are required to pass some exams after taking the applicable real estate courses.
#3. Obtain a Sponsorship
One key requirement for obtaining the necessary licensing is getting a sponsorship. For all intents and purposes, this means getting an offer of employment from a licensed realtor.
You will need to submit an application to the relevant licensing body in the province in which you intend to operate in. Note that success at this stage requires that you take some exams and fulfill step 3 above.
#5. Additional skills
You will need to have a number of very important skills such as numerical ability, people skills, and good negotiation ability, research skills and internet literacy among others.
#6. Continue learning
To maintain your license, you will be required to engage in continuous learning. The specific requirements vary by province so you will need to check with your local licensing body, but you should keep it at the back of your mind that continuous learning is key.
Ready to enter the challenging but extremely rewarding world of real estate? Simply follow the tips we’ve outlined here and you should be good to go.