How to Become a Real Estate Virtual Assistant

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Virtual positions have become increasingly popular, especially in real estate. Realtors and brokers have busy schedules and are often unable to keep up with the high demand on their own. You can become a real estate virtual assistant using the following suggestions.

  • Take a real estate assistant's course and become certified. Visit the International Real Estate Assistants Association website for information on the certification process. This course teaches potential assistants how to use the tools and technologies used by real estate professionals.

  • Determine whether you want to work as a contractor or an employee. If you want to work independently, you need to come up with a name for your business.

  • Look for ads for virtual assistants. Work-at-home forums are good places to start. You'll often find a folder specifically for virtual real estate assistants. Online employment sites, such as Craigslist and Careerbuilder, allow you to look for jobs by category and geographic location.

  • Build a website for your services to give you a place to direct your prospective clients to and to create a more professional appearance.

  • Create flyers and a brief letter explaining your services. Outline the benefits of having a virtual real estate assistant. Include your contact information, so prospective clients can contact you.

  • Mail a flyer and a copy of the letter to real estate offices, brokers and individual realtors in your area. Remain positive. There's a great demand for virtual real estate assistants. If you don't receive positive results at first, continue applying.

Tips & Warnings

  • Proofread your flyers and letter. If possible, have someone else proofread them as well.
  • Although not mandatory, taking a real estate assistant course and passing the certification test increases your value and your chances of being hired.

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