What does a Real Estate Agent do?

A real estate agent is responsible for arranging the buying, selling and renting of property, including homes, commercial property and land. They work closely with buyers, sellers and other agents to help people find the property they want and need. They often work in a brokerage firm, but they essentially run their own small businesses, managing their expenses, running their offices, communicating with clients and marketing their properties.

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Working as a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent has many duties both before and after making sales. They are responsible for:

  • Researching their local area to see what is available and to answer their buyers' questions about the community
  • Helping their buyers and sellers understand the market and determine a reasonable price for their property
  • Traveling to attend meetings, have showings and arrange open houses
  • Developing marketing plans for their properties, which involves managing all social media sites associated with their work
  • Completing all necessary paperwork
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How much does a Real Estate Agent make in the United States?

23.3k salaries reported, updated at February 21, 2021
per year

The average salary for a real estate agent is $86,336 per year in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Work from home
  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Health insurance
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Real Estate Agent

Is becoming a real estate agent worth it?

Becoming a real estate agent is a worthwhile career choice for many people. Many real estate agents enjoy having flexible hours and the ability to earn uncapped income.

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Can real estate agents work from home?

Real estate agents can usually work from home, however, there are parts of their job such as showing homes to prospective buyers and hosting open houses that must be done in-person.

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How do real estate agents get paid?

Many real estate agents receive a set salary with an additional commission. Some of them can remain steady and successful in their career by solely gaining a commission. This can vary depending on the company a real estate agent will work for. Real estate agents often receive a commission from the property they successfully help a client sell, purchase or rent.

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