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Real Estate Careers

 
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Some of the job skills needed for a career in real estate are:

  • Ability to work well with others, especially as a member of a team
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Computer proficiency
  • Listening skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Time management

Knowledge of real estate issues is useful in many areas, including:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Building code inspection
  • Construction
  • Corporate real estate acquisition
  • Investments
  • Property and casualty insurance
  • Property tax appeals
  • Real estate accounting
  • Real estate appraisal
  • Real estate brokerage and sales
  • Real estate development
  • Real estate education and research
  • Real estate leasing and management
  • Residential and commercial lending
  • Surveying
  • Title insurance and escrow
  • Urban planning

A background in real estate can prepare you for a career as:

  • Appraiser
  • Investor
  • Loan officer
  • Office manager
  • Property manager
  • Real estate agent
  • Real estate broker
  • Relocation specialist
  • Tax assessor

According to America’s Career Infonet, these occupations include the following salaries in Texas:

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Job Growth Through 2018
Real estate sales agents $14.77 $30,700 +20%
Real estate brokers $27.55 $57,300 +13%