What Does It Take to Be a Successful Real Estate Professional?
Careers in the field of real estate have changed significantly over the years and are more exciting than ever. Advancements in the areas of technology and communications, the greater need for specialized knowledge and the expansion of marketplaces, are redefining the role of the real estate professional, and creating new demands and opportunities.
Real Estate Careers
The real estate profession offers one of the widest career selections in the business world today. Helping people buy and sell homes, office buildings, industrial property, and farmland is a large part of it. Property management, land development, mortgage banking, urban planning and real estate appraisal are also important aspects of this profession.
Commercial Brokers specialize in properties such as apartment and office buildings, retail stores and warehouses, shopping centers and industrial parks.
As with other professions, provincial licensing is required. Licensing requirements vary across Canada, but all provinces and territories require prospective REALTORS® and Brokers to pass a written exam. For more information on licensing, visit the website of The Real Estate Association in the province where you intend to work. The first step towards obtaining your real estate agent license and registration is to complete the Introduction to Real Estate.
To maintain your license in Alberta, you must complete approved continuing education courses every year. The Real Estate Council of Alberta approves the courses and a complete list is available on the RECA website. Contact our Education Department for more information.