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Do you know someone who’s thinking about starting a career as an estate agent? Or perhaps your son or daughter are interested in learning more about how to sell apartments and houses? Then you might be wondering what advice to offer them - read on to discover some good tips on how to start out as an estate agent. We speak to George Spencer, Field Sales Executive, Retirementmove to get some inside knowledge on the best way to start out in the industry.

How do I get experience?
One of the best ways to start out in the industry is to get some good hands-on experience by looking out for a weekend job in a local estate agent or you could look online at a specialist online estate agency such as Retirementmove who specialise in selling retirement properties.

“My career as an estate agent started with a Saturday job in my local estate agents, I really enjoyed showing potential clients around the properties that we had for sale.”
George Spencer, Field Sales Executive, Retirementmove

What qualifications do I need?
Although no formal qualifications are needed to start out, its advisable to look at the National Association of Estate Agency Qualification (NAEA) who are the UK’s leading professional body for estate agents. They offer a wide range of qualifications for estate agents from effective estate agency courses, to conveyancing practice and procedures.

What skills do I need to become a successful estate agent?
To be a successful estate agent, it’s important to have good customer service skills and have a natural rapport with people as sales and negotiation skills are paramount. Lastly, it’s important to have good admin skills and be able to drive a car, this enables you to visit the properties to conduct viewings.

“You need to be able to think outside the box and come up with your own ideas in order to negotiate between all parties.”
George Spencer, Field Sales Executive Retirementmove

What type of person suits this role?
As this role involves meeting lots of different people, an outgoing, confident and resilient personality is required. It requires someone who can think on their feet, take rejection on a daily basis and still pick themselves up to give 100% the next day.

Where could my career path take me?
If you are new to the industry, it’s a good idea to start off in an admin role to learn the ropes, then move onto a more customer facing role.

“I started out by gaining confidence through listening and meeting potential clients on a daily basis, I was then offered a sales negotiator role which I accepted and then I went on to senior sales. Eventually, I became an office manager running a small branch with sales negotiators working alongside me which was both fun and challenging. I’m currently working for Retirementmove who specialise in selling retirement porperty and it's a great company to work for."
George Spencer, Field Sales Executive Retirementmove

Are you looking to purchase a McCarthy & Stone, Churchill Retirement Living or Renaissance Retirement properties in the East of England? George covers areas such as North & North West London, Watford and Luton. View retirement properties handled by George Spencer or search latest properties in your region.

 

 

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