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The Hidden Truth About Becoming a Real Estate Agent
January 20, 2022

The Hidden Truth About Becoming a Real Estate Agent

by The CE Shop Team

You Need to Read This Before Deciding to Become a Real Estate Agent

It’s time to discuss the elephant in the room. The truth is, we here at The CE Shop haven’t been completely honest with our current and potential real estate students. While we’ve been busy boasting about all the perks of a career in real estate, including the fact that the average agent makes more than $95,000 per year, you can control your own schedule, see increased happiness and job satisfaction, and take advantage of the ultra-rewarding opportunity to help others, there’s a dark side to the real estate industry, too. Namely, the fact that real estate agents are seen as glorified used car salesmen. Hey, BiggerPockets user Adam B. said it first, not us!


Either way, we just can’t lie to you all anymore. And no, this has nothing to do with our new marketing strategy. We simply want to provide our current and prospective students with the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to this industry. And boy, can the reputation of real estate agents get ugly.

The Totally Accurate, Completely Unbiased, Unfortunately Negative Reputation of Real Estate Agents

Real estate agents are some of the least-trusted professionals in the nation, and perhaps for good reason. We’ve compiled some of the top arguments for the seedy reputation, so do with this information what you will.

Real Estate Agents Are Only Interested in the Bottom Line


Of course, with unlimited earning potential, it’s a commonly held belief that all real estate agents walk around with dollar signs for eyes. After all, a home is the largest financial investment most people make in their lifetime, so it’s fair to assume that real estate pros simply have cash falling out of their pockets. 

While it’s true that this industry can be lucrative, it’s certainly not without work. The general public doesn’t see the marketing, networking, paperwork, and hours of sheer manpower that go into any one transaction, though. They just see the glittery lifestyle of the Selling Sunset cast. Mo’ money, mo’ problems, are we right?

Real Estate Agents Are Undisciplined


Without a strict 9-5 and an overbearing boss, how can the public have any confidence in real estate agents actually getting work done? Everyone knows that an hour-long commute, fluorescent lighting, and regularly signing birthday cards for people you’ve never talked to before are all prerequisites for productivity. And no, working via Zoom doesn’t cut it. Unless you’re sitting in an uncomfortable office chair and using a crusty communal microwave on the daily, you just can’t be considered a real professional. Sorry, we don’t make the rules.

Real Estate Agents Don’t Receive the Right Education


The unfortunate reality is that most colleges don’t offer a BS in Real Estate Studies, much less a Masters’ in the Science of Closing. In fact, many states only require potential agents to be 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, be a resident of the United States, and pass a background check before starting their real estate education. 

While it’s true that there are world-class real estate education providers, *ahem*, with industry-leading pass rates, cutting-edge career resources, free trials, a proven Exam Prep program, customer service available every day of the week, and a killer referral program, it’s just not enough to turn the tides on the seedy reputation of real estate pros. Perhaps more agents should take a note from those who majored in Puppet Arts and get a real job already.

Wrapping Up the Bad Rap

All jokes aside, the profession’s sometimes less-than-stellar reputation signals serious opportunity for real estate agents. By committing to lifelong learning, crafting a brand that’s true to yourself, and always prioritizing the client, you can help turn the tides and improve public perception of real estate agents. And we here at The CE Shop will be here to help you every step of the way!

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Whether you’re a new agent looking to start award-winning Pre-Licensing education or an experienced veteran wanting to finish your Continuing Education, we’ve got a 100% online curriculum that’s one of the most diverse and groundbreaking in the industry. And if you want to network with your peers, join our Facebook group and get connected!