Real estate agents play a key role in buying and selling homes and commercial property. But contrary to what you may think or have been told, it’s not as easy as it looks. Becoming a successful real estate professional takes hard work, determination, organization, and persistence. The economy has been through some tough times, but as prices start to rebound, it could be a good time to consider real estate as a career.
  • First, get licensed. You don’t need a degree in order to become a real estate agent or broker, but you do need to get your license and follow the laws of your state. Make sure to get all the proper professional documentation before you start looking for clients. 

  • Second, decide whether you want to work with private clients, which would put your focus on residential real estate, or people who buy and sell office space or buildings, which is commercial real estate. 

  • Third, get out there and go to work. Start small, but be tenacious and don't get discouraged. It's a tough market, and success in real estate comes to those willing to work for it. 

About the Author:
Stanley Ginsberg is an accomplished real estate broker in New York City, where he is Senior Vice President of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
 


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    Since 2007, Stanley Ginsberg has been putting his talent for selling high-end real estate to use as Senior Vice President at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, an agency with 60 offices and more than 11,000,000 square feet of residential development completed or in the process of completion. 

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