The Opportunities And Challenges Of Being A Real Estate Agent
Are you ready for a rewarding, exciting, and very profitable career as a real estate salesperson? Do people describe you as a self-starter, hard worker, flexible, resourceful, a good listener, and do you have a thorough knowledge of the real estate market in your community? If so, being a real estate agent may be your calling.
What Is A Real Estate Salesperson/Agent?
Real estate agents usually are independent sales workers who provide their services to a licensed real estate broker on a contractual basis. In return, the broker pays the agent a portion of the commission earned from the agent's sale of the property. Agents know which neighborhoods will best fit clients' needs and budgets. They are familiar with local zoning and tax laws, and help advise clients on where to obtain financing. Agents also act as intermediaries in price negotiations between buyers and sellers. Commissions on sales are the main source of earnings of real estate agents. The rate of commission varies according to whatever the agent and broker agreed on, the type of property, and its value.
Being a real estate agent is a wonderfully rewarding profession with amazing opportunities. A career in real estate provides flexibility and freedom to set your own pace. Income directly reflects your efforts, with no limits on what astute, hard-working men and women can earn. It's hard to find another profession that gives you more freedom, income potential and satisfaction. Despite all the benefits, however, being a real estate agent is not easy. It requires at lot of hard work and perseverance. When considering this career path, carefully evaluate the pros and cons.
- Potential high income and possible investment opportunities.
- Being your own boss. Your success in real estate is dependent on what you make of it. There is no limit on how successful you can be.
- Set your own hours and control your destiny. Most agents have the freedom to determine their own schedule and determine when they have time off. For example, agents may arrange to have time off during a slow season like in the winter.
- Great satisfaction in helping people. Real estate agents help people with the most complex and significant financial events in their lives: the purchase or sale of a home or investment property.
How To Become A Maryland Real Estate Agent and Maintain Your License
To become a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Maryland, a prospective agent must be high school graduate, be at least 18 years old, satisfactorily complete 60 hours of classroom instruction (MD Salesperson Pre-licensing Training), and pass a state written test (PSI exam). Maryland licensees are required to take continuing education classes for license renewal every two years. For more information on exact license and renewal requirements, please contact the Maryland Real Estate Commission at https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/real_est/rerequire.htm.
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Taking the State of Maryland Real Estate Salesperson Exam (PSI) Exam
Upon completion of the Salesperson Pre-licensing Training (60 Hrs), you will take a state exam administered by PSI Real Estate Licensing Examination Services (PSI). Learn more
- For additional information, contact the Maryland Real Estate Commission
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