Crystal Smith 2016-07-17 10:00:00
If you are interested in real estate and passionate about helping people, working as a real estate agent might be the right career for you. Do you know how you can become a real estate agent in Ontario?
The following tips will help you figure it out, and will show you how you can become a successful real estate agent.
1. Learn more about the prerequisites
To be a real estate agent in Ontario, you first need to have obtained a Canadian High School Diploma, or the equivalent. You also need to be at least 18 years old, and to speak English. Speaking other languages is not essential, but it might help you offer personalized services to more clients.
2. Get your license
Each Canadian province is responsible for licensing its real estate agents. Make some research online, or contact a well established real estate brokerage to ask about the requirements to become a licensed real estate agent in Ontario.
Study different real estate related topics to prepare for the real estate exam, and apply for your license. Learn how to become an Ontario real estate agent by reading the resources available at Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA).
3. Work with a licensed broker
After you have passed the real estate exam, you will need to complete a two-year articling period with a licensed broker. Search for different real estate brokerages in the area where you would like to work, and learn more about them to choose the one that interests you the most.
While working with a licensed broker, you will have to complete a few additional courses to learn more about the real estate industry.
4. Develop your network
You can’t become a successful real estate agent on your own. Develop your network by getting acquainted with other real estate agents. When you work with new clients, don’t hesitate to ask them for referrals if they are satisfied with your services.
The more people you know, the more chances you have at being successful in the real estate industry.
5. Market yourself
You will need to find different ways to market your services and to meet and interact with prospective new clients regularly.
You will also need to create your website, and to be present on social medias. This is a good way to post your listings online, to reach out to potential clients, and to share information about yourself and about the services you are offering as a real estate agent.
6. Get involved in your community
As a real estate agent, it’s important to know the community you live and work in. Getting involved in your community is also a good way to make sure more people know about you and your services.
Attend festivals, sponsor local events, and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to your neighbors.
7. Stay in touch with your clients
Never underestimate the importance of keeping in touch with your past clients, as you never know when they might recommend your services to someone else. Call them a few months after closing to make sure they are fully satisfied, and add them to your newsletter list.
8. Keep learning
Keep in mind that you will never learn everything there is to know about real estate. There will always be something new to learn, new seminars to attend and new market trends to observe. Stay engaged, and keep in touch with other real estate professionals, such as the Slavens & Associates team.
You will need to work hard to become and stay successful, but don’t forget to have fun! If you enjoy what you are doing, your clients will feel it and they will love interacting with you. Show everyone how passionate you are about real estate and about learning new things.