Estate agents advertise, sell, and negotiate sales of property.

What does an estate agent do?

Estate agents advertise, sell, and negotiate sales of property. You could be selling new houses for a developer, or selling residential properties on behalf of private clients. You may also be negotiating the sale of commercial properties, and managing rental properties. Your work could include:

  • viewing properties, and taking photos and measurements
  • advising clients about the buying and selling process
  • valuing properties
  • marketing and advertising properties for sale
  • showing potential buyers around properties
  • negotiating a price that is acceptable to the buyer and the seller
  • arranging conveyancing (legal sale and purchase documents)
  • booking surveys and energy assessments
  • managing rented properties and collecting rent
You’ll need excellent communication and customer service skills. You’ll also need to understand at least the basics of housing law. 

What do I need to do to become an estate agent?

There are no formal qualifications required to be an estate agent, though experience of customer service or sales work is highly desirable.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • Design technology
  • Geography

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You will be working mostly indoors, for a small or medium-sized company.

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