by Marli Naidoo
In the past every Tom, Dick and Harry could buy and sell houses. However, this gave rise to maladministration of money and huge losses for clients. More control is now being exercised, and aspirant estate agents must undergo training and complete an internship.
It is not only the person who buys and sells houses who needs to possess an estate qualification. It includes anyone that wants to show a house, tries to recruit lessees for a property, collects or receives money for the rental of fixed property or a business, or any related services as specified by the Minister of Human Settlements in the Government Gazette.
Should you be interested in becoming an estate agent, there are four steps you have to complete.
Firstly, you have to register with the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) as an intern at a registered company. This internship will stretch over a minimum of 12 months. You may however take 24 months to complete the process. During this period you will acquire knowledge about this sector and be mentored by an experienced agent.
You will also have to complete your FECT NQF level 4 qualification with an accredited provider. This is the basic qualification required for a career in residential and commercial property. A Service Seta accredited certification will allow you to become a fully certified and acknowledged agent of fixed property.
Aspirant estate agents are expected to complete a logbook and submit it to the EAAB as part of the qualifying process. This book can be completed while you are busy with your qualification.
Lastly, you have to write your PDE exam. This professional admittance exam is an integrated test of knowledge for property agents. You will only be allowed to write this exam when you have completed your internship successfully. If you pass this exam, you will receive the title of professional practitioner in Real Estate (PPRE) and will be able to work as an estate agent.
If you like working with people, have a warm personality, are interested in houses and architecture, are honest and hard-working and a good seller, this career direction will most probably fit you quite well. With further studies there is also the possibility of establishing your own real estate agency.
Skills Portal: https://www.skillsportal.co.za/content/how-become-real-estate-agent-sa
Van Deventer and Van Deventer Incorporated: https://www.vandeventers.law/Legal-Articles/entryid/412/a-guide-to-becoming-a-real-estate-agent-in-south-africa
Remax Bay Properties: https://www.remaxbay.co.za/news/what-qualifications-are-needed-to-become-an-estate-agent/