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Real Estate Agents

Real Estate Agents - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, real estate agents:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They are in constant contact with buyers, sellers, and other agents.
  • Are often placed in conflict situations in which buyers and sellers may be rude or angry.
  • Communicate with buyers and sellers daily by phone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.
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  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work indoors while preparing contracts and other paperwork. They work outdoors while showing and inspecting properties.
  • Must use a vehicle to travel to and from properties.
  • Work somewhat close to other people. They may share office space with coworkers.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could cause clients to lose money.
  • Repeat the same tasks over and over, such as preparing contracts.
  • Often make decisions that strongly impact clients. They rarely consult with a supervisor before making decisions.
  • Are usually able to set their tasks for the day without consulting with a supervisor.
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  • Are highly competitive with other agents and must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.


  • Generally have an irregular schedule each week that varies.
  • May work full time or part time, but most work more than 40 hours a week.
  • May work evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of potential buyers. Sunday afternoon open houses are common in many areas.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.