Real Estate Sales Agents

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About the Job

Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.

It is also Called

  • Agent
  • Agricultural Real Estate Agent
  • Apartment Leasing Agent
  • Apartment Rental Agent
  • Associate Broker
  • Broker Associate
  • Broker in Charge
  • Building Consultant
  • Buyers' Agent
  • Closing Agent

What They Do

  • Contact utility companies for service hookups to clients' property.
  • Locate and appraise undeveloped areas for building sites, based on evaluations of area market conditions.
  • Visit properties to assess them before showing them to clients.
  • Review plans for new construction with clients, enumerating and recommending available options and features.
  • Solicit and compile listings of available rental properties.
  • Secure construction or purchase financing with own firm or mortgage company.
  • Rent or lease properties on behalf of clients.
  • Appraise properties to determine loan values.
  • Arrange meetings between buyers and sellers when details of transactions need to be negotiated.
  • Evaluate mortgage options to help clients obtain financing at the best prevailing rates and terms.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $48,590 with most people making between $24,140 and $81,410

Outlook

0.66%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 4,550 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 4,850 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 70 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.