For most people, a house is the biggest purchase they'll ever make. And although the prospect of a new home can be incredibly exciting, it can also be incredibly disconcerting, especially as new homeowners anticipate parting with a huge chunk of change. Good real estate agents ease that transition into homeownership.
How do real estate agents stay relevant in a market where buyers and sellers can check out comparable sales records, view automated appraisals and research school districts without them?
Real estate agents buy, sell or rent properties on behalf of their clients. In addition to showing homes to prospective buyers, agents help clients with property valuation, financing, mortgages and government programs. A real estate agent has the ability to physically show clients properties and has a deeper knowledge of the neighborhood and city from which they market and sell. Plus, real estate transactions are a stressful process and that is why it is essential for clients to have someone alongside them that can help with any questions or concerns they have, every step of the way. Agents guide buyers toward the homes that best fit their needs by generating a list of properties for sale, accompanying the client to see the properties and negotiating an offer with the seller.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 3-percent job growth for real estate sales agents between 2014 and 2024. During that time period, 9,400 new jobs will open up. The real estate market is sensitive to fluctuations in the economy, so employment of real estate agents will vary accordingly.