How to become a Real Estate Agent in the U.K
Updated: Mar 22
I have been getting a lot of questions based on how one can become an estate agent. So if you are new, I have put together a summary of how I recommend you get started. There are two options/routes you can choose to gain the experience you need.
You can work for a local estate agent or high street agent.
How do I get a position?
Check the companies website to see if they have a careers page and follow the steps to apply. Another route is to simply call and ask if there are any trainee positions or walk in and ask the administrator. They will require your CV, ID and may ask you for further documents to prove you are eligible to work in the U.K. Once you are selected, you will go through an interview process.
Do I need a drivers license?
Yes, you will be required to have a full drivers license.
Do I need a degree or experience?
No, you don't need a degree or experience, but it does make you stand out. You want to present yourself the best you can as you will be competing against other prospects. If the company requires further education, you'll usually need 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma, 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
Another route is to ask an experienced estate agent or agency you admire for an internship, many times this will be unpaid. It will show the agent/agency you are committed to learning and dedicated to growing in the industry. You will also find out if this is something you want to pursue or not, without being tied down to an employment contract.
Graduate Programme | Apprenticeship
Some estate agents offer a trainee apprenticeship as a junior estate agent.
Apprenticeship requirements: You'll usually need: some GCSEs, usually including English and math, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship. For those wondering how I first started, I joined a Graduate Programme.
And that's it! If you have any further questions feel free to drop a comment below.
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