If you often find yourself looking at the listings on Rightmove and Zoopla, even if you’re not planning a move, then you may be thinking of working in the property services industry.
And why not? Being an estate agent is a varied job, with travelling during the day for viewings and tenant visits, and a portion of office-based work. An estate agent’s working schedule is often very busy, so it’s essential for them to have the type of character and the appropriate training to thrive in this industry.
The entry requirements
Your personality, skills, and experience are just as important as your grades – therefore it’s not completely necessary to have a university degree to start a career as an estate agent. Many people in these positions aren’t graduates, and have instead taken a path through work-based training to get where they are today.
There are no requirements to apply for an estate agent apprenticeship. All that’s asked is that you are eager to learn from those around you, and will take initiative for any challenges thrown your way.
Be aware that as an estate agent, you will be working with clients all the time over the phone and in person, with tasks such as negotiation, property handovers, viewings, and tenant visits.
That means that if you have the confidence to approach people in a range of situations, and can persuade people with a trustworthy attitude, this could be the perfect role for you. You may also need to be good at working with figures, and should be organised enough to balance your schedule. It also helps if you have the confidence to learn about marketing and promoting properties.
However, employers are always looking for proof that you know what you’re talking about, so it’s important that you have…
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Since this position is largely reliant on experience, an apprenticeship is a great way to get your foot in the door. This will enable you to build your contacts, learn about the industry, be paid a wage and gain your qualifications at the same time.
In property services, there are two pathways available: Certificate in Property (Residential Letting and Management), in which you’ll be dealing with property rentals and managing properties for potential tenants, and Certificate in Property (Sales of Residential Property), where you will be selling people their new home. Both of these have intermediate and advanced levels.
The intermediate level will be your career launching point, where you will take up an admin or customer service role, and soak up knowledge from the experienced professionals around you. This will also give you time to practise your people skills with clients, both on the phone and in person. You will also be required to assist with viewings and property marketing.
You will then progress onto an advanced apprenticeship, in which you will take up a negotiator or property manager role. You will pick up in depth knowledge about the industry, and will take notice of changes in the property market – and how this will effect properties. You will carry out your own viewings, and provide support to your clients with confidence.
After your advanced apprenticeship, you will be an asset to any business in this sector.
Taking your steps up the property services ladder
The sale of a house is a very stressful time in a person’s life. But the role of an estate agent is to make the move go as smoothly as possible, ensuring that the buyer and seller are also satisfied with the price.