Real estate agents and salespersons (NOC 6232)

High demand occupation

About this job

Real estate agents and salespersons help with the process of buying or selling houses, apartments, commercial buildings and other real estate.

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Real estate agents and salespersons may specialize in specific property types, such as residential, commercial, industrial and institutional, recreational or rural.

Time management and being able to adapt to and use technology are important skills to have in this career.

Common job titles
  • real estate agent / broker / dealer
  • real estate agent supervisor
  • REALTOR®
  • salesperson, new home
  • real estate agent / broker / dealer
  • real estate agent supervisor
  • REALTOR®
  • salesperson, new home

Duties

Real estate agents and salespersons:

  • solicit property sales listings from prospective vendors
  • help vendors sell property by establishing asking price, advertising the property, listing the property and conducting open houses for prospective buyers
  • help prospective buyers in selecting, visiting, inspecting and making offers of purchase on real estate properties
  • advise clients on market conditions, prices, mortgages, legal requirements and related matters
  • draw up sales agreements for approval of purchaser and seller
  • rent or lease properties on behalf of clients

Special duties

Real estate agents and salespersons may specialize in residential, commercial, industrial/institutional or rural real estate sales.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional office setting, with time spent outdoors when going to properties.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Real estate agents and salespersons normally work on a commission basis.

Real estate agents may operate independently by obtaining a broker’s licence in accordance with the regulations of the province of employment. A broker’s licence is required to become a manager in real estate.

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