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What is it like to be a Real Estate Assistant (Live or Virtual)

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

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.


  • Greeting clients

  • Running the front desk

  • Answering the telephone and making follow-up calls

  • Managing a client database

  • Updating social media

  • Preparing correspondence

  • Scheduling meetings and inspections

  • Preparing and distributing marketing materials

  • Assisting at open houses and obtaining feedback

  • Updating social media

  • Coordinating showings

  • Running errands

  • Creating Reports

  • Assisting with closing processes

  • Ordering supplies

  • 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.

  • Quick learner

  • 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)

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