If you are considering a career in estate agency or you are interested in finding out what it takes to become an estate agent, this blog post will provide you with helpful information about how to start the process.
Previous experience is not essential for many of our positions. As a company we offer a range of trainee positions that are designed specifically for candidates who are new to the industry. However, previous sales experience, proven customer service skills or previous administration experience are always desirable. Chancellors have been in the business for over 200 years – we are experts on how estate agency works and what makes a great estate agent.
Identify the benefits
There are many great benefits of becoming an Estate Agent but it’s important to identify if these are what will motivate you. Just a few benefits of working with Chancellors are:
- Great career progression with high earning potential
- Quarterly bonuses and annual reward trips abroad for top performers
- In-house training relevant to the job role to enhance knowledge, improve performance and provide industry relevant qualifications
- Uncapped OTE opportunities ranging through to £25,000-£35,000 and the opportunity to gain promotion within the first 12 months
- A paid day off on your birthday after successful pass of probation
- Increasing holiday entitlement after 2 years’ service
Learn about the industry
To impress the interviewer, expand your knowledge of the business and learn about the industry itself.
By learning a number of key facts or trends about estate agency, it will prove to your interviewer (potential new Manager) that you are passionate about becoming an Estate Agent and already know what is expected of you.
Chancellors are proud to be a member of the National Association Of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association Of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). We actively encourage staff to gain industry specific qualification such as RICS, NAEA and ARLA for Sales and Lettings staff and other role-specific qualifications for other departments.
Find a role that suits you
There are lots of different roles within estate agency, and finding one that suits you will enable you to thrive. There are roles for people who are more target-driven and customer focused whereas there are also plenty of administrative, accounts and creative roles too.
Read the job description fully and decide if you have the skills and experience (if necessary) to fulfil the role, before applying to it.
At Chancellors, we have a wide range of roles within our 50+ branches and Head Office:
- Residential Sales and Lettings
- Land and New Homes
- Branch Administrators
- Property Management
- Specialist Lettings and Sales
- Customer Services
- Core functions – Administration, Finance, IT, Marketing, HR
What it takes to become an Estate Agent
It is important that our Estate Agents (Sales and Lettings Negotiators) possess the following qualities as they are customer facing and directly reflect the Chancellors brand to our clients.
- Target driven and tenacious
- Able to work effectively within a team
- Motivated and enthusiastic at all times
- Display high standards of service and presentation
- Have good organisational skills
Apply to a position
If you’d like to work with us, take a look at our current vacancies by clicking the button below.
We have an extensive careers portal to further help you with the information you need in order to become an Estate Agent. Some key pages to read are:
Edwin Allen, Associate Director
“I jumped at the chance to join the biggest estate agent group in my area. In my early career a combination of hard work and enthusiasm meant I was able to take up a number of excellent opportunities for career progression. Firstly, managing a rural village office and subsequently two Oxfordshire market town offices before moving to Oxford City. For me this demonstrates one of the most attractive things about Chancellors, not only their approach to rewarding loyalty and hard work but also the number of opportunities that are available in a small geographic area for those who, like me, see estate agency as a career not just a job.
Despite being 15 years into my career with Chancellors, the opportunities still keep coming. Having the chance to set up our commercial department has provided a new set of challenges to me personally as well as added responsibility for a revenue stream within the business. The diverse nature of my day- to-day working life and the financial rewards that can be achieved through hard work have made for a great career. One which I hope continues well into the future.”