The History of Real Estate Agents in the United States — Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 — Santa Clarita Radio
Buying and selling homes across the country can involve large corporations or even small, family-owned real estate businesses. Of all the professions that exist once a person has graduated from high school or gone to college, you may not have given much thought to real estate agents or how they came to be. At some point, the work of buying and selling residences, even business premises, and exchanging deeds, had to become work. Likewise, the specific qualifications an individual might need in order to become a real estate agent must have been decided upon. The history of real estate agents in the United States can then be broken down into these specific categories for easy understanding.
According to some sources, real estate agents like Compass can be considered quite a modern concept. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that house sales were officially recorded, and then in the early 1900s that open houses and viewings began to be part of the norm to help people to decide on the purchase of a property. However, residential homes have been around in the United States for hundreds, if not thousands, or even years. This means that before the role of the estate agent was created, people may have had other ways of claiming ownership of their house or land, or even passing it on to each other.
Even the qualifications to become a real estate agent may not have been formalized until around 1919. Since then, they may have been adapted to meet consumer and business needs.
Before choosing real estate as a career, you may first want to determine if you meet the basic requirements. Currently, you must have reached your 18th birthday to become a real estate agent. It is important to note that, depending on the state, this age may vary. You may also need to be a US resident and then obtain a real estate license.
While people may use the term “real estate agent” loosely, especially if historically all roles were performed by that person, this license can now potentially allow you to branch out into one of the areas of real estate work. This could involve working as a real estate broker, appraiser or even property manager.
When reviewing the history of real estate agents compared to today, some people use the terms “real estate agents” and “real estate agents” interchangeably. It is important to note, however, that these are not the same thing. A real estate agent may have the preliminary qualifications required to practice in their state, but a real estate agent may require registration with the National Association of Realtors. It is this membership that can help you differentiate between the two.
For many people, knowing the history of real estate agents and the required qualifications may not be a necessity. However, if you want to venture into the business, it may be good to look into one’s background and the requirements for taking on a role as a real estate agent.
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