Updated: Mar 22
Being an assistant can take on many structures; it is based on the needs of the Agent or Broker you are working for. But let’s go over the basics.
License Requirements. The first thing to note, is that an assistant DOES NOT have to have a real estate license. This can be important, because a student could even be an assistant WHILE in the process of getting a license. However, the duties of an agent are limited without a license. They are allowed to give basic information about a property, such as asking price, number of bedrooms, etc. They cannot do any price negotiations, conduct open houses by themselves and many other tasks that an employing agent may find very useful. Here’s a comparison of career paths: Top New Agent Choices: Assistant v Team v Solo
A LICENSED ASSISTANT can conduct the open houses, discuss pricing and terms, and basically conduct normal real estate activities under the direction of their employer. This makes a licensed assistant a very coveted position among employers; there might not be many to go around (a good position to be in as a prospective employee 😊)
A Real Estate Assistant Can Be Live or Virtual
Live or Virtual An assistant also might have an ability to be live (where they go into an office each day) or virtual (they work remotely from home), or a combination. Often, a virtual assistant is paid less than one that comes in; however, each position is different. (You might enjoy: How to Choose the Best Brokerage)
Pay Structure. An Assistant is normally a salaried position but can vary by employer.
Fees: There are often no fees involved.
Typical Job Responsibilities of a Real Estate Assistant
These, of course, can vary based on the employer and even state laws regarding license or no license.
Running the front desk
Answering the telephone and making follow-up calls
Managing a client database
Updating social media
Scheduling meetings and inspections
Preparing and distributing marketing materials
Assisting at open houses and obtaining feedback
Updating social media
Assisting with closing processes
Performing other duties as assigned
Typical Real Estate Assistant Requirements
High school diploma/GED.
Real Estate license is beneficial but may not be required.
Strong attention to detail.
Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
Able to work independently and as part of a team.
Strong math skills
Strong organizational skills.
Possess problem-solving skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Proficient or able to learn Real Estate Software
Proficient or able to learn MLS
A position as a real estate assistant may be a perfect choice for a new agent who wants income immediately, or is interested in on-the-job training while they learn about the industry. Be sure to check out: Ways to Make Money with a Real Estate License (Without Selling a Home)