Urban planning jobs are all about maximising the use of the built environment. This requires a deep understanding of how cities work, what residents want, and how to make these concepts a feasible reality. Within the details, there’s a substantial overlap with the work of a good real estate agent: and real satisfaction to be gained from finding it.
After spending years accumulating your skills and expertise, you could be inadvertently limiting your high potential if you’re considering just urban planning careers.
Widening your search into the world of real estate careers will give you the opportunity to support, first hand, what people want from the built environment: and help them discover it, or build it for themselves. You’ll go beyond the technical and into the personal, honing the high art of conversation as well as sharing your own ideas to inspire others. And we’re confident your unique skillset will be highly prized by your clients.
Like in town planning jobs, working as a real estate agent can often mean spotting an area’s potential. Knowledge of planning and building laws, local demographics and changing trends put you in the perfect position to do so. This is particularly true if you’re dealing with buyers who are looking for an investment opportunity.
In the UK, for example, a 10% increase in floor space delivers an average 5% increase in value: so knowing where buyers can add extensions, loft conversions and more is a massive boost. Nearby transport developments can also have a huge impact on prices, and being able to spot them early is of real value.
Even where our clients are looking for a ready-made home to suit their lifestyle, skills developed in urban planning jobs are easily applied. When a client loves a city’s heritage, you’ll be trusted to find unsung architectural gems. When they want outdoor spaces for their family, they’ll rely on you to tell them where the air is clean and the grass is green.
As a real estate agent, you’ll deal with people from a vast range of backgrounds, world views and cultures. This represents a unique and exciting challenge for a town planner, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to all sorts of lifestyle goals.
We know that urban planning careers attract people with vision and drive to create an attractive living environment, and we believe the real estate industry is no different. Among the many great reasons to become a real estate agent is the opportunity for continuous personal and professional growth.
In our fast-moving industry, we support agents in their quest to stay at the cutting edge of prop-tech, architecture, design and, of course, town planning. You will work outside the office every day. Instead, you’ll always be directly engaged with the latest developments, learning from those around you.
If you’re inspired to find out more about working as a real estate agent, visit our Engel & Völkers careers page. There’s more information on the many roles available to you around the world, alongside fresh tips and industry news.