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What educational background would help me become a real estate agent?


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Kurt’s Answer

As noted in previous responses, you should check to see what the educational requirements are for obtaining a real estate license in your state. I would recommend taking some sort of economics course to learn more about some of principles and factors that have an impact on the housing market such as supply and demand, price elasticity, market saturation, inventory levels, etc. Finance courses are also important, as they will help you understand what an investor would look for when purchasing a property (Return on Investment (ROI), cash flow, capitalization rate, etc.).

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Adam’s Answer

A general business administration diploma or degree would certainly help, but the main prerequisite will be the curriculum setup by your real-estate board to obtain your real-estate licence. In Connecticut, this appears to be a 60 hour, in person course that covers all of the basics, and then completion of an exam to obtain a license.

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Visit this website to learn more about real estate education in Connecticut: https://www.ctrealtors.com/for-consumers/becoming-a-realtor/getting-your-real-estate-license/
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Karen’s Answer

You must have a real estate license. Different states have different requirements. A Bachelors degree is also helpful as well as knowledge in the world of appraisals.

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Gna’s Answer

Depending on the state you are getting licensed in check to see the pre-requisites for a license. Also, any marketing classes are helpful as a real estate agent is also a sales person. Good sales skills, and marketing tools are essential to becoming a better agent.

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Karla’s Answer

Hi Judah-

Depending in the state where you plan to work in, I would start by looking into the educational courses required for a real estate (RE) license in that state. I think it would be beneficial to consider a degree, diploma, or certification where you are able to meet the course requirements for a RE license while you are simultaneously obtaining a degree. I think a good starting point would be to look into a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, since the generally the program for this degree (1) may cover many of the courses required for a RE license and (2) the individual classes offered for a BS in Management will help you in your day-to-day RE agent roll (example: marketing, organizational behavior, etc). The great thing about going into real estate in general, is that once you get your foot in the door, you will be exposed to so many aspects of the business, and you may end up in different areas within real estate (commercial real estate, appraiser, etc) The possibilities are endless!

You have a bright future ahead of you, I wish you all the best!

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