Career in Real Estate

Whether you use your real estate license to gain the skills you need for a full-time or part-time career, to capitalize on investment opportunities, or to fully understand the finer points of one of the largest financial transactions you’ll ever undertake, NOW is the time to discover what a real estate license can do for you!

The real estate profession offers one of the widest career selections in the business world today. A career in real estate can include helping people buy and sell homes, office buildings, industrial property and corporation farmland. But there’s also property management, land development, mortgage banking, urban planning, real estate counseling, appraisal, and more.

The rewards of a real estate career are a potential for high earnings, status in the community, autonomy, freedom, helping people, the intellectual challenge and the satisfaction from those accomplishments.

Should you have any questions about your real estate education, please contact Diane Fetzer, Director of Professional Development, at Diane@GLVR.org or 610-694-0727.

Are you ready to be a part of a growing industry? The information below will help you get started.
 

  • How Can A Real Estate License Benefit You?
    Whether you use your real estate license to gain the skills you need for a full-time or part-time career, to capitalize on investment opportunities, or to fully understand the finer points of one of the largest financial transactions you’ll ever undertake, NOW is the time to discover what a real estate license can do for you!
    • Unlimited Growth Opportunities
    • Financial Independence
    • Flexible Work Schedule
    • More Control of Your Future
    • Personal Satisfaction and Recognition
  • Three Reasons Agents Love Their Job
    • Working with People
    • Freedom and Independence
    • Opportunity to Leverage Your Strengths
  • What it Takes to be Successful
    • Personal Commitment
    • Self-discipline
    • Financial Investment
    • Training
    • A Quality Company that Matches Your Values and Philosophy
    • Marketing and Management Support
  • Qualities That Define a Successful Agent
    • “People Person” Skills
    • Focus
    • Patience
    • Thirst for Knowledge
    • Good Listening Skills
    • Financially Stable
    • Positive Attitude

    It is important to remember that real estate success comes only with real effort, commitment and patience. It is important to keep in mind that there are highs and lows and that it takes time to establish and build a client base for your business.
     
    • Business does not magically appear. 
    • Sales are not handed to you.
    • You must find buyers and sellers and help them close the transaction.
  • Freedom and Flexibility?
    Yes! 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. 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.
  • Pennsylvania Real Estate Licensing Requirements
    • At least 18 years old
    • Complete 75 hours of instruction in Real Estate Fundamentals (30 hours) and Real Estate Practice (45 hours). The passing grade is 75%.
    • Upon successful completion of the 75 hours of instruction, you will take a state licensing examination. The passing grade is 75%.
    • Submit a criminal record check
    • Affiliate with a real estate brokerage

    For more information on licensing, visit the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission website.
     
  • Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy and Pre-Licensing Package
    The Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy (GLVREA) has a host of high-quality course offerings that include continuing education for agents and appraisers, salesperson and broker pre-licensing, and professional designations and certifications. In addition, GLVREA has a robust professional development program, bringing you timely and enriching workshops and seminars to enhance your career and knowledge of the real estate industry.

    In order to practice real estate in the state of Pennsylvania, you must complete two prescribed courses -- Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Practice -- before you sit for the exam.

    We have developed our pre-licensing program with your success in mind. The program includes everything you need to pass the licensing exam -- the first time!

    Real Estate Fundamentals – 30 Hours
    Real Estate Fundamentals is one of two prescribed courses required by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission to qualify to take the State Real Estate Exam.

    This course is designed to provide the student with a basic foundation for additional study and to support the practice of real estate in Pennsylvania. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the language, principles and laws that govern the business of real estate. Emphasis is on the underlying concepts of Land, Property, Rights in Realty and the means, methods and laws that govern the conveyance of these rights.

    Real Estate Practice – 45 Hours
    Real Estate Practice is one of two prescribed courses required by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission to qualify to take the State Real Estate Exam.

    This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to all facets of the real estate business. Emphasis is on the role of a real estate agent in the field of residential brokerage. This course is designed to acquaint the student in the basic techniques, procedures, regulations and ethics involved in a real estate transaction, along with a working knowledge of the forms and documents used including the related mathematics.

    Real Estate Exam Preparation
    Prepare for the Pennsylvania real estate licensing exam with the area's leading real estate education provider, the Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy. This exam prep course is professionally designed to help you maximize your study time and retain the most important information for exam day. Included are study and testing strategies, 12 mastery and fluency-based testing lessons and five exams that cover more than 800 questions on national and state level content. This course is a must for those interested in passing the state licensing exam on the first try!

    For more information and/or to enroll in the pre-licensing program, visit www.GLVREAcademy.com and click on “Become an Agent.”
     
  • Career Information Seminars
    Be a part of a growing industry -- come to a free information session at the Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy. Meet our instructors and get your questions answered.

    Career Information Sessions are held four times annually:
    • Thursday, March 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, August 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    To register for a Career Information Session, CLICK HERE. If you are not a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, you may need to create an account to register.
     
  • How to Register for the Pre-Licensing Package and Career Information Sessions
    Visit the Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy (GLVREA) website at www.GLVREAcademy.com. At the top of the page, click on “Become an Agent.” Scroll down to the list of courses and select either “Pre-Licensing Package” or “Career Information Sessions.”

    At the bottom of either page, you will see the course dates and times with the instructor information. Click “Non-member Registration” directly below the instructor’s photo (any non-member registration link will do, as they all lead to the same place).

    You will be directed to Internet Member Services (IMS). Directly under the “Submit” button, click the link that reads, “Are you a non-member of GLVR and need a logon? Click here.” Once you complete the registration process, you will be directed to the IMS main menu. Click “Register for Continuing Ed & Orientation Classes” under the Education header.

    Click on the course you want. On the bottom left of the course page, you’ll see “Proceed to Registration.” Click that link and follow the instructions. When the process is complete, you will receive a receipt and email confirmation. If you do not receive email confirmation or get stuck during the registration process, please contact Diane Fetzer, Director of Professional Development, at Diane@GLVR.org or 610-694-0727.