Overview: Estate agents tend to be employed by estate agencies and oversee the selling, buying, and renting of properties. The job is foremost a selling role and involves meeting competitive targets. Estate agents working in the residential sector are involved in meeting clients (both sellers and buyers), liaising with solicitors and financial institutions and negotiating with parties to achieve a sale or letting. In the commercial sector, estate agents manage, sell, and let offices, industrial premises, and retail units. Commercial agents may also be involved in property acquisition and development. Duties include: Valuations of property; Preparing sales brochures; Creating promotional information; Marketing properties; Managing rented properties and negotiating sales; Providing consultancy sessions to clients on property-related issues such as property portfolios; Arranging for photographs to be taken for promotional materials; Discussing houses with sellers to determine special features and selling points; Representing sellers in discussions with interested parties and buyers; Attending auctions where marketed property is being sold; Monitoring on going sales; Keeping up to date with trends in the local property market; Vet prospective tenants for renting property.
Geographers at work: Human Geographers, Economic Geographers
Skills: Regional Geography
Written by Christopher Hinojosa