In a typical work setting, real estate agents:
- 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.
- 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.