New website guides would-be real estate agents through their choices

Posted by | January 15, 2014 | Employers, General, Job Seekers, Recruiters, Training, Update

Few people buy a house so often that they know all consumer, legal and investment elements of the transaction.

It’s also an emotional decision – a time when experience counts for a lot.

Buyers and sellers rely on a real estate agent for expertise and guidance for the remainder. The same applies to property management, whether a single unit or a large investment portfolio.

That’s why agents and agency managers have a constant need to consider their professional development and skills – and those entering the business need to be up to speed as soon as possible.

Real Estate Academy, based at East Gosford on the Central Coast, was established to ensure the highest level of professionalism for those entering a real estate career through to the experienced agent in need of a technique refresher and knowledge update.

Operating for almost17 years and serving franchise networks as well as independent agencies across Australia and New Zealand, the Academy conducts about 10 two-day sales courses a year attended by up to 150 agents and managers, as well as leadership conferences, and numerous workshops on particular aspects of the industry.

“Our courses give a real estate agent or salesperson the structure and system to follow, one that has a record of success and can be implemented immediately,” said Robyn McCaughan, Education Manager at the Academy.

With the real estate sector expected to boom in 2014, many agencies will look to recruit extra sales staff and, to meet this demand, the Academy has launched www.getajobinrealestate.com.au to help plot a path into a real estate career.

“There are thousands of real estate jobs across the country at any one time and this site is designed to help anyone who would like to work in real estate and, if the answer is ‘yes’, how to make a connection in the local area,” Ms McCaughan said.

Expected recruitment in the industry has prompted a business partnership with the website JobsInTheHunter.com.au, where hundreds of jobs in the Hunter Region are advertised each week.

The Chairman of JobsInTheHunter.com.au, Tim O’Brien, said the relationship with the Academy’s new website was a natural fit.

“Our website is about local jobs and people want to work where they have chosen to live for all of its lifestyle benefits,” he said.

JobsInTheHunter has up to 450 jobs a week on its website, all located within the region.

Ms McCaughan said JobsInTheHunter was a site where many agents from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounding cities and districts recruited new and replacement staff and she believed the two sites would complement to each other.

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