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Why Do People Choose a Real Estate Career?

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

Real Estate has always attracted a diverse group of people, for many different reasons. From single parents looking for flexible work schedules to retirees wanting additional income, from recent grads wanting to start a new career to those in mid-life looking for a change, many hear the call of real estate. Indeed, the real estate industry has always been able to attract talent, even when almost every other industry has struggled.




So, it begs the question: Why should I choose real estate as a career?

  • It doesn't require a college education

  • Create your own schedule

  • Work from home

  • It’s a people business

  • Unlimited income potential

  • You enjoy helping people

  • You want several career choices

  • Be Your Own boss


It doesn't require a college education

One reason why many choose real estate, is its ease of entry: It does not require a college degree. That benefit can attract many people, from those who are attending college, but wanting to create a real estate business at the same time, to those with no desire for a college degree and are ready start a new career.


Create your own schedule

Real Estate is one of the few areas where your schedule is flexible. It opens time for other commitments, whether it is another job, family, non profit or worship time… whatever. Real estate offers the ability to create a work-life balance. Be sure to check out Do real estate agents have high job satisfaction?


Work from home

Many real estate agents work from home, maybe utilizing a home office. Working from home has many advantages, including more efficient time (no commute). And, working from home allows agents to spend time with their families.


It’s a people business

Real estate agents report that one of their favorite benefits is that it is a people business. Part of their business plan is to get out and meet people! Networking, community events, talking to people at the grocery…. Anywhere you can meet people! Interested in more? Look into: Low-cost (and no-cost) ways to grow your real estate business





Unlimited income potential

In real estate, when you work hard, and are really good at helping people, keeping relationships, and knowing your industry, then income is the bi-product. Many real estate agents report that they wanted a career where their income was up to them, and not the whim of a boss or dictated by company policy. Check out How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make


You enjoy helping people

A real estate agent fills many different roles: a problem solver, a guide, a counselor, a confidant, a teacher, and more. All of these roles are helping people. Real estate agents state that they enjoy helping people find homes for their clients and their families.


You want several career choices

Usually, when one thinks of a real estate agent, they think of the professional working with buyers and sellers. Yep- that is available. But that is only one of the options. A real estate license offers a ton of choices for the licensee. An agent can work part time or full time, start out slowly or all in, and in several different career paths. Find out more: What Can You Do with a Real Estate License?


Be Your Own boss

This is a very popular benefit of real estate; agents like being their own boss. Real estate agents don’t really have a boss in the traditional sense. They have the opportunity to create their goals, plan their strategies, design their future and then make it happen. You might enjoy: What Does a Typical Day Look Like as a Real Estate Agent?



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