Is Real Estate a Good Career Choice?


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Real estate is a good career for someone who prefers autonomous work, a sales and marketing position, and unlimited income potential. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 52 percent of agents were self-employed as of 2012.

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Average pay for agents was $53,140 as of May 2013, reports the BLS. This is above average pay for all occupations in the U.S. Top-end earning potential is even greater, as agents typically get paid on commission. Ten percent earned $98,090 or above as of May 2013. Long, irregular hours and weekend hours are common for sales agents that work full time. Flexible scheduling, however, is a plus.

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