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Estate Agent

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
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€17k > 40 
Estate Agent
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€17 - 40 
Related Information:
Entrant: 17k
3 - 5yrs exp: 40k
Data Source(s):
FAS

Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
3%
Occupational Category

Estate Agents etc.; Conference & Exhibition Managers

Also included in this category:

Auctioneers; auctioneers and valuers; estate agents; property consultants; conference coordinators; event organisers; events managers; exhibition organisers

Number Employed:

5,500

Part time workers: 18%
Aged over 55: 20%
Male / Female: 41 / 59%
Non-Nationals: 17%
With Third Level: 67%
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At a Glance... header image

Organises the sale or rental of residential and commercial property.


The Work header image

It is the job of Estate Agents to advise clients looking to buy/ rent a property or those looking to sell/let it and then act on instructions. The work includes providing marketing strategies, valuations and negotiating to get the best deal for clients. 

It’s a varied area that will bring you into contact with a wide range of people and organisations: you could work with both landlords (developers and investors) and tenants (occupiers), and with a number of colleagues in your firm.

The work may involve anything from producing marketing reports to negotiating deals and managing your own projects. You’ll spend plenty of time out of the office, measuring properties, producing marketing information, speaking to agents and negotiating deals. You’ll also be working closely with other departments (such as valuation, rent review and investment) so that you can provide detailed information to your client.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.

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Act as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers, generally representing one or the other.

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Compare a property with similar properties that have recently sold to determine its competitive market price.

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Advise clients on market conditions, prices, mortgages, legal requirements and related matters.

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Promote sales of properties through advertisements, open houses, and participation in multiple listing services.

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Accompany buyers during visits to and inspections of property, advising them on the suitability and value of the homes they are visiting.

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Prepare documents such as representation contracts, purchase agreements, closing statements, deeds and leases.

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Confer with escrow companies, lenders, home inspectors, and pest control operators to ensure that terms and conditions of purchase agreements are met before closing dates.

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Interview clients to determine what kinds of properties they are seeking.

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Coordinate property closings, overseeing signing of documents and disbursement of funds.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Selling or Influencing Others:  Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Estate Agent - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Estate Agent - from:  YouTube [UK]
Go..Estate agent - from:  GradIreland

Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image

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Organisation: IAVI Irish Auctioneers & Valuers Institute
  Address: 38 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 661 1794
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers
  Address: 129 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 678 5685
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Society of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 5500
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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