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 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 include more control over your future, job satisfaction, financial independence, autonomy of working for yourself, freedom from a 9-5 schedule, unlimited growth opportunities, and the satisfaction of helping others.

Should you have any questions about your real estate education, please contact the Director of Professional Development at dirprofdev@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
  • Qualities That Define a Successful Agent
    • “People Person”
    • Good Listening Skills
    • Positive Attitude
    • Focus and Patience
    • Personal Commitment
    • Self-discipline
    • Thirst for Knowledge
    • Training
    • A Quality Company that Matches Your Values and Philosophy
    • Marketing and Management Support

    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. With the proper training and support of your broker, a career in real estate can be both personally and financially rewarding.
  • 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
    • Must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
    • 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.
     
  • Pre-Licensing Package at the Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy
    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.”
     
  • How to Register for the Pre-Licensing Package
    The Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy uses what is called Internet Member Services (IMS) for class registration. On the homepage — after signing in — of the recently redesigned IMS platform, an initial list of the next two months of classes are shown. So, where are the rest of the classes being promoted? They exist! Visit this news item on the Academy website for a step-by-step guide to registering for a class. If you prefer to visualize instructions, a short how-to video is also available.