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What Is a Freelance Real Estate Agent and How to Become One

What Does a Freelance Real Estate Agent Do?

As a freelance real estate agent, you sell and purchase commercial or residential property on behalf of clients. Your responsibilities include listing client homes or property for sale, showing the property to prospective buyers, and negotiating the final sale price. You may also represent buyers, searching for properties to meet your client’s needs and budget. As a freelance real estate agent, your responsibilities are similar if not identical to a salaried real estate agent working for a firm, but instead you work with clients on a contract basis, and may work in tandem with freelance real estate brokers.

How to Become a Freelance Real Estate Agent

The qualifications you need to become a freelance real estate agent depend on the state in which you work, with different states requiring different licensure. The licensing process involves undergoing an approved education course and then passing an exam; the length of the course and difficulty of the exam vary by state. A freelance real estate agent also needs business and networking skills to attract new clients. While a postsecondary education in real estate, business, or sales can be a boon to your career, obtaining a real estate license does not require a college degree.