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Estate agent Property agent

Estate agents sell commercial and residential property, acting as negotiators between buyers and sellers.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but experience in customer service and a good knowledge of the local property market will help you get a job.

You'll need a driving licence.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • negotiation and selling skills
  • organisational and administration skills

3. What you'll do

You could work for an independent estate agent or a chain.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • managing auction sales
  • arranging appointments to view property
  • managing the legal side of buying and selling
  • marketing and advertising

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £35,000

You may also earn an extra fee (commission) for each sale you make.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You're likely to work Saturdays as well as weekdays. You'll be based in an office or a high street agency but will spend a lot of your time visiting properties with prospective buyers and sellers, and making valuations.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and a good sales record, you could be promoted from sales negotiator to senior negotiator and then branch manager. Larger chains of estate agents may offer more opportunities for promotion than smaller companies.

You could also become self-employed as a partner in a firm, or set up your own agency online.

Last updated: 21 December 2016