Perhaps you’ve been working as a real estate agent for a handful of years now, or you haven’t yet broken into the industry but are considering it. Either way, it’s helpful to know that selling houses (I.e., being a real estate agent) isn’t the only way to earn an income in the South Carolina real estate industry. In fact, there are at least four other occupations that might interest you, especially if you don’t think you’re cut out for direct selling.
Each type of real estate job has its own license or certification requirements. It’s important to carefully research each category, so that you know what to expect if you decide to venture into a particular niche. Each of the four jobs mentioned in this post require a certain amount of pre-license education as well. You’ll also want to look into what type of curriculum and programs the real estate schools in your area have to offer.
Property management might be the real estate career for you
Even if you don’t particularly care for the idea of selling houses, you might still be a “people person” who enjoys interacting with others during the course of an average day on the job. If you also have good management skills, including the ability to perform executive duties in an organized fashion, as well as problem-solving and negotiation skills, you might be interested in learning more about the property management side of the real estate industry.
As a real estate property manager, your duties typically include things such as filling vacancies in a rental property, collecting rent, addressing requests for maintenance and other issues. In short, you would manage property for an owner who either lives too far away to take care of such issues or simply does not want to focus his or her time and effort on direct management of a property.
You can be a home inspector or home appraiser
Two more aspects of the real estate industry that don’t involve direct sells are home inspections and home appraisals. Both are integral components to the home purchase process. If you prefer to work independently and not have as much direct contact with clients, this type of career might suit you better than sales or management.
If you’ve been an agent long enough, you can obtain a broker license
While all real estate brokers are licensed agents, not all real estate agents are licensed brokers. A broker oversees the transactions of sales and purchase activities on a home. As a broker, you would have a higher level of real estate education than a licensed sales agent. You would also earn a commission on every sale that closes through the agents working in your brokerage.
Look into South Carolina real estate laws before choosing a career
Each of these career options is available to those in South Carolina who want to work in the real estate industry but don’t want to be directly involved in listing homes or acting as a buyer’s agent. It’s important to learn more about the education and license requirements of each career before determining which might be the best fit for you.