Despite major fluctuations in the real estate market, this sector continues to provide employment opportunities.
Choosing to pursue a career in real estate requires perseverance, interpersonal skills, dynamism and a great deal of ambition. Real estate professionals have the task of helping people buy and sell houses, farmland, and commercial or industrial property. Other related activities include land development, urban planning, property management, mortgage banking operations and real estate appraisal.
Most people begin their career working as real estate agents. There is also the possibility, among other things, of holding the position of office assistant, or being the assistant of a chartered real estate agent or rental agent working for a large real estate company, or in the mortgage loans department within a bank or credit institution.
Training requirements for jobs in the real estate sector vary from one province to the next. Typically, real estate professionals have to take training courses and pass standardized exams in order to obtain their real estate licence. They must also follow ongoing training courses in order to update their knowledge and keep abreast of the latest developments in the field. Moreover, solid knowledge of finance, accounting, human resources management and building mechanicals, as well as being a member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec, are all considered additional assets.