Career in Real Estate

The real estate profession has expanded and offers one of the widest career selections in the business world today. Helping people buy and sell homes, office buildings, industrial property and corporation, farmland, property management, land development, mortgage banking, urban planning, real estate counseling, appraisal and research are all aspects of a career in real estate.Advantages and Rewards of a Career in Real Estate
A career in real estate provides flexibility and freedom to set your own pace. Income directly reflects your efforts, with no limits on what astute, hard-working men and women can earn. Successful people in real estate are goal-oriented, persevering, self-motivated, ambitious and people-oriented. The rewards of a real estate career are a potential for high earnings, status in the community, autonomy, time freedom, helping people, the intellectual challenge and the satisfaction from those accomplishments.

Working in real estate allows for independence and choices of environment in which to work, such as affiliation with a large or small firm as a listed salesperson. With more experience and upon passing of an additional exam, becoming a real estate broker is the next step. Brokers can own their own businesses and employ other salespeople.

Education for a Career in Real Estate
Colleges and universities now offer a variety of real estate and related courses. At many of these colleges, students can specialize in a program that leads to a bachelor’s degree in real estate. Some universities offer graduate level courses. Contact your local public library for university and real estate college course information and directories.

http://trec.texas.govProfessional Requirements for a Career in Real Estate
Entry into the real estate profession takes preparation. As with other professions, licensing is required. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, but all require prospective salespeople and brokers to pass a written exam. For more information on licensing, contact the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) at 512-936-3000 or at their TREC website (link is external).

Some states allow students to take pre-licensing educational courses accredited by the state licensing agency before they qualify to sit for the exam. In other states, students can take these educational courses within a specified time after being licensed.

In order to obtain a broker’s or sales agent associated license, more than half the states specify special education and/or experience or their equivalents. However, states are upgrading their license laws and prerequisites for both brokers and sales associates at a rapid rate. Current information is available from your local Board of REALTORS® or the Real Estate License Commission in the state(s) where you would practice.

Getting Started in Real Estate
Entry into the real estate field depends on education, training and interests. Most people begin as sales trainees in a brokerage firm. Other possibilities include office assistant, listing or rental agent, assistant in a department of a large real estate organization, or in the mortgage division of a bank or savings and loan.

Continuing Education in Real Estate
Formal education is available while working in real estate. The National Association of REALTORS® and its Institutes, Societies and Councils sponsor continuing education programs for members, and award designations for specialty areas of real estate. Continuing education increases knowledge and skills, improving earnings potential and enhancing opportunities for success.

Careers in Residential Brokerage
Helping people buy and sell homes is one of the most important and basic services a real estate agent performs. Agents are experts in the process of buying and selling property, financing, government programs, etc. The real estate agent’s expertise facilitates the transaction, saving clients time, trouble and money. Real estate professionals need to have a thorough knowledge of such areas as real estate law, local economics, fair housing laws, types of financing, mortgages and government programs. Contact Tony Hager, Broker @ United Realty Texas on the Web or call him at (940) 898-8000.

Careers in Commercial Brokerage
Commercial brokers specialize in income-producing properties, such as apartment and office buildings, retail stores and warehouses, shopping centers and industrial parks. To understand and explain why the properties are good investments, commercial brokers need to be aware of the growth possibilities of the area where the property is located, current income tax regulations and purchasing arrangements that give the buyer a greater return on investment. Commercial brokers may also have to arrange financing. Contact the CCIM Institute(link is external) at 800-621-7027.

Careers in Industrial and Office Brokerage
Industrial and office brokers specialize in the developing, selling or leasing property used for industry or manufacturing. Brokers need to understand different types of industries and determine such variables as transportation, proximity to raw materials, water and power, labor availability and local building, zoning and tax laws. Contact the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®(link is external) at 202-737-1150.

Careers in Farm and Land Brokerage
Land brokers deal in land for farming, and acquisition of rural land by cities for residential, commercial and industrial expansion. Success as a land broker depends on how accurately the income potential of the property can be established. Brokers need a good working knowledge of various factors which determines a farm’s capacity to produce, including agricultural knowledge and information such as market centers and transportation facilities. Contact the REALTORS® Land Institute(link is external) at 312-329-8482.

Careers in Real Estate Appraising
Real estate appraisers determine the value of properties. Real estate is appraised to determine many types of values—assessed value for tax purposes, investment value or present value for a potential investors, “book” value of accounting purposes, rental value for income projections and insurable value. Appraisers need to know acceptable principles of appraisal and related information. They need to have practical experience, technical education, good judgment and some knowledge of mathematics, accounting and economics. Contact NAR’s Appraisal Specialty section at or call 800-874-6500, ext. 8393.

Careers in Property Management
The property manager’s primary function is to maintain the property in order to produce the highest possible financial return over the longest period of time. More importantly, they are responsible for protecting the owner’s investment. Managed commercial properties are likely to be office buildings and shopping centers. Residential properties might be apartment buildings, apartment developments, condominiums and groups of homes owned by a single investor. Property managers usually work for real estate firms. However, other opportunities are found in the real estate department of banks and trust companies. For large housing and commercial development, managers are often expected to maintain an office or residence of the premises and work with only one enterprise. When living on-site, property managers can expect to be on call for emergencies at all times, beyond maintaining standard working hours. Contact URT Property Management or call us at (940) 898-8000.

Careers in Land Development
Land development is one of the most important and challenging specialties in real estate today. Developers turn land into profitable, marketable developments –residential, commercial or industrial. Site selection is the first decision developers must make. Planning and layout is handled only after the developer determines the need for a project. Before the actual building can begin, developers must first analyze all costs and arrange the financing. Then they contract for the physical structures and supervise construction. Finally, developers promote the finished development to the prospects for whom it was planned.

Careers in Urban Planning
If you would like to improve the environment and the quality of people’s lives, becoming an urban planner may fulfill your career objective. Urban planners work with local governments and other civic groups to anticipate their city’s future growth. They propose physical changes to accommodate this growth. Not many career guidelines exist for urban planning, but broad general experience is important. Some colleges are now offering degrees in urban planning.

Careers in Real Estate Counseling
Real estate counselors are in the business of giving advice about property. They are the experts others seek when they want answers to real estate questions. Counselors must know every phase of the real estate business because they use that knowledge in nearly every consultation. Often they will be asked about income opportunities and productive uses of different kinds of properties. There are relatively few brokers specializing in counseling, but the field will grow as investors and owners realize the value of expert advice in developing property and improving income. While accumulating experience in other real estate specialties, people planning to become real estate counselors also continue to study in continuing education programs in financial management.

Careers in Real Estate Research
Real estate researchers contribute to the decisions of many other real estate specialists. Brokers, property managers, appraisers, financing experts and counselors all depend on data provided by research.

Research can be divided into two main categories — physical and economic. Physical research means studying buildings and structures of all types, especially in terms of the selection and efficient use of construction materials. Economic research consists of determining reliable answers to questions like “How many people hope to buy homes next year?” “What will it cost them to borrow mortgage money?” and “What percentage of the nation’s homes are sub-standard?”

Real estate is a rewarding career, offering flexibility, freedom and the opportunity to build a secure future for yourself and also help shape the future of your community. For information on any of the above listed careers contact us to see how you can get start on your path to a successful real estate career.

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North Texas real estate market 2021

The Metrotex Association of Realtors reports that in June the median price of a home in Dallas-Fort Worth soared to $302,000, 19.3 percent more than a year ago. Homes that will be sold in the Dallas area by 2020 have risen in value by 13 percent to more than $500,000. [Sources: 3, 5]

In October, Dallas-Fort Worth surpassed all Texas metropolitans in annual sales of luxury homes, with 2,130 homes sold, a 20 percent increase from the prior 12 months of sales of luxury Texas homes, the report said. The North Texas Real Estate Information System found that the median selling price for homes soared 26% to $325,573 compared with last May. [Sources: 3, 9]

Jim Gain, an economist at Texas A & M University’s Real Estate Research Center said that several factors are affecting prices in North Texas, including population growth, unbalanced demand from the pandemic and future demand from buyers who plan to buy homes. Dallas is a real estate market for sellers, which means there are more people looking to buy a home than are available. House sales are near record highs, and Dallas has more homes for sale than most other cities in the past year. [Sources: 1, 9]

Home prices are rising in most neighborhoods of Dallas, creating one of North Texas’s most hottest housing markets. Homebuying rebounded during the pandemic, and the Texas housing market is hot. The Dallas News reports that low mortgage rates and the feverish demand from buyers outside the state and remote real estate investors have driven home prices up in 50 popular Dallas neighborhoods. [Sources: 1, 8]

Dallas will be the hottest housing market in the world by 2021, according to the a popular Home Price Expectations Survey for the fourth quarter of 2020. We identified the five hottest real estate markets in Texas based on data from NTREIS including the number of new listings, pending sales, inventory for sale, and median sales prices for May 2020 to May 2021. According to the Q4 Housing Outlook Survey 2020, 54 per cent of property experts predict the DFW housing market will be up to 6 per cent above the national growth average. [Sources: 6, 8]

Average home prices in Dallas are expected to rise 1.6% this year, with home price growth outpacing all but three other major metro areas in Texas. Although the Dallas market is tight, home prices have risen steadily since last May. [Sources: 1, 8]

Home prices in Austin, which the Census Bureau estimates will attract more people than any major U.S. subway system between July 2019 and July 2020, rose 30 percent last year, with the median selling price reaching $483,364 in June according to the Austin Board of Realtors. The fastest growth of homes in the Dallas real estate market over three years was 35% in the three years to the third quarter of 2017. During the last real estate cycle, which peaked in May 2006, Dallas home prices rose 69.4%. [Sources: 1, 3]

Median home prices have soared in the Dallas real estate market to an all-time high of more than $300,000. Record low mortgage costs and the desire to get a home before the pandemic have triggered a boom in home purchases in Dallas-Fort Worth and across the country. However, a persistent shortage of homes on the market and a huge rise in prices over the past year have sidelined potential buyers. [Sources: 1, 2,]

Home sales in North Texas fell in July for the second month in a row, giving pause to the surge of home purchases begun a year ago. According to Dallas County real estate data tracking firm Metrotex, listings in April 2020 were 4.7 percent weaker than the market. Collin County was down 6.2 percent, Denton County was down 6.3 percent and Rockwall County was down 6.6 percent. Shipp said it was unclear whether the North Texas home market had peaked after the huge gains of those years. [Sources: 2, 5]

Demand for single-family homes in Dallas and Fort Worth soared as supply fell in the second half of last year and remained in the seller’s market. Buyers found a step into the housing market when mid-priced homes were snapped up within days or hours of going on the market. [Sources: 0, 9]

Fueled by record low mortgage rates and an acute shortage of homes for sale, the hot housing market in North Texas has scorched the luxury segment over the past year. FRISCO – The property market, which was popular with home buyers last year, is heating up. [Sources: 3, 8]

Study of data by United Realty Texas agents obtained from the North Texas Real Estate Information System highlighted the heat of the DFW market and noted that the regional supply of available homes was 11 months in the second half of the year, while median home prices climbed 22.4 percent to $349,381. On a market day, a median of 3.8 days, single-family homes in Dallas sold 3.1% faster than a year ago. [Sources: 1, 7]

Dallas Real Estate is one of the hottest rental real estate markets in the nation. At least by one measure, the Dallas-area housing market is warm 100 degrees – and summer is hot. Dallas’ largest suburbs are among the hottest housing markets in Texas, with record prices and low inventories. [Sources: 1, 7, 8]

The median selling price of a single-family house in Dallas is $295,000 according to the latest November 2020 report from the Metrotex Association of Realtors. Homes in McAllen are more affordable and have a median sale price of $195,000 in May 2021. This is 14.7% more than in May last year. [Sources: 1, 8]

Dallas County is considered a balanced real estate market with a 2.7-month supply of homes for sale. More than 8 percent of the homes sold last year in Dallas to investors went to Dallas. Shoppers looking for homes in DFW knew the market in North Texas would be hot. [Sources: 1, 5, 9]

The rest of Gladney’s buying history is a warning to frustrated buyers in the market who are struggling to find homes for sale or make bids for properties they want. [Sources: 5]


[0] WFAA


[2] Dallas Morning News

[3] Texas Monthly

[4] North Texas Daily

[5] D Magazine


[7] Forbes