Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s WhatRoots in your community can take you far. If you’re intuitive, good with numbers, creative and quick to see an opportunity, a career in real estate could be the flexible job you’ve been looking for.

Amava Take: If you’re one of those people who can’t stop reading the real estate ads, you might be able to turn that curious energy into a flexible new career. Sure, there are plenty of competitors and it isn’t always relaxing, but at its core, real estate careers are about finding what your clients need—the right home in the right school district, a quick sale or a profit that will enable a new chapter. Sales is part of the job, but there’s more to it than that. You can talk…but you gotta know the territory!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Charismatic, financially savvy people who learn and move fast.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Word-of-mouth referrals are a huge key to your success, so keep networking.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Open houses on the weekends and broker tours during the week are typical for residential agents, but hours are flexible.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Finding a home for a family is so exciting and fun.

How would you describe the hard parts?

It’s always hard when you see a fit and your client isn’t the winning bidder.

What’s the most heartwarming real estate story you’ve come across?

Once I was the agent for the family of a woman who had recently passed away after living in her home for over 60 years. They chose to sell the house to a young family who had enclosed drawings of the house by their young sons because they felt that it was the best way to honor their mom.

Special Requirements:

Most people take a prep course to prepare for the required licensing exam. Once you pass the exam, which varies in difficulty in different states, you’ll want to join the multiple listing service (MLS) and a member of the National Association of Realtors (if you want to the title of “Realtor.” It also gives you access to data, discounts and other services. Here’s an overview of what it takes to meet the requirements and what you should do next.

Finding a Position: Once you get licensed, you’ll need to affiliate with a registered broker. They generally pay commissions only, but you should apply to the ones in your community that will give you the best contacts and leads. This article explains the hierarchy of jobs in real estate.