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How to become a real estate agent at Engel & Völkers

Looking for a new professional challenge and eyeing up the real estate sector? Go for it! Discover what you need to bring to the table and apply to Engel & Völkers today.

No matter whether you’re already an expert in the real estate industry or want to move to the sector from a completely different area, everyone has the chance to enjoy a successful career at Engel & Völkers.

Time and again, we hear people ask the same questions at interview. We’ve now gathered them together here so you can get the answers to these key questions even before you send off your application.

What qualifications do I need to join Engel & Völkers as a career changer?

In essence, anyone can work as a real estate agent: we offer in-depth onboarding and training for all our new employees. But not everyone is equally well suited to the job. If you’re great at sales, have fantastic social skills when interacting with clients and know your local area well, you’re off to a strong start. 

Plus, real estate agents need a high level of self-discipline and an independent approach to organisation. If you love organising your own time and taking a disciplined, structured approach, you’re definitely a good fit for this job.

Why are local knowledge and your personal network crucial?

As in many areas of life, your personal network also opens doors and guarantees success in the real estate industry. Word of mouth has a decisive impact on your success or failure, especially in an industry so freighted with emotion. Of course, you can ensure your network sees steady growth. But if you’ve already got a large network in your region when you start the job, this gives you the best chance of success when selling and acquiring properties.

What exactly do real estate agents do?

Legally, you don’t need any specific training to become a real estate agent. That’s why this profession is ideal for career changers. In very broad terms, this job involves you making your clients’ lives easier by handling key tasks relating to selling property. Your activities could include the following:

  • Calculating the selling price of the property
  • Marketing the property and handling official paperwork
  • Organising viewing appointments
  • Providing regular reports on the status of the sale 
  • Handling contract negotiations 
  • Drawing up the sales contract
  • Assisting with the notary appointment 
  • Property handover
  • After-sales advice

Engel & Völkers provides a comprehensive training programme so you can acquire all these specialist skills – run at the in-house Engel & Völkers Academy. Here, you’ll learn the key fundamentals so you can hit the ground running. Later on in your career, the Engel & Völkers Academy will also support you with specific CPD to ensure your specialist knowledge is always up to date.

There’s also an annual award for particularly successful real estate agents. The Top Agent event is held in Switzerland every year, which means that you have the chance of being crowned the Top Agent among our best real estate agents every year and winning a special surprise.

Join the wonderfully varied world of Engel & Völkers and start your new career in the real estate sector. Check out our vacancies or, even better, apply directly to your local Engel & Völkers shop.

We look forward to meeting you!

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