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How Do You Become a Successful Real Estate Agent in Canada?

Real Estate Agent showing a house to a young couple.

Are you someone who connects with people easily? And do you like the idea of setting your own work hours? Does helping people realize their dreams make you happy? If the answers to these questions are yes, then becoming a real estate agent could be the right fit for you.

Careers in Real Estate

The real estate industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities. You may know that Real Estate brokerages assist people in buying and selling property, such as a home, farmland, commercial or industrial space.

Additionally, you can choose to work in property management, land development, mortgage banking, urban planning, and real estate appraisal. If you are willing to learn and put in the effort, a career in the Real Estate Industry can be extremely rewarding.

How Do You Become a Real Estate Agent?

Let us break down the process into simple stages. These are the 5 steps to becoming a successful real estate agent in Canada.

  1. Enroll in a Pre-Licensing course from a certified institution.
  2. Pass the Licensing Exam course, along with the articling (supervised on-the-job training).
  3. Choose the best-fit Real Estate Brokerage for your practical training.
  4. Apply for a License.
  5. Congratulations! You are now an Industry Qualified, Fully Trained Real Estate Agent.

Conditions for Eligibility

Before you start the Pre-licensing process, you must conform to the following eligibility criteria.

  • You must be a lawful resident of Canada.
  • Your age should be over 18 years.
  • You should have completed a Canadian High School Education or its equivalent.
  • You must be proficient in English.

If you want to know more about the real-life experiences of a realtor, you can watch this video. One of our most successful real estate agents shares some hard-earned tips that will help you make up your mind.

Pre-Licensing Course

Like any other industry in Canada, it is mandatory to complete pre-licensing training. You can do this from a certified institution before appearing for the real estate licensing exam.

The duration of the training, educational, and licensing details, may differ across provinces or territories.

The pre-registration course includes insights into choosing real estate as a career. For instance, land structure and real estate trading, residential and commercial real estate transactions, real property law are part of this course. This course runs for 18 months, and online options are available.

The Licensing Exam

To succeed as a Real Estate Agent in Canada, you will need to complete a series of Salesperson Licensing courses. After completing this pre-registration process, you can apply for initial salesperson registration.

The practical training, also known as the Articling Segment, is the next step and is a 24-month course. There are four options in this stage, and you can choose one from the following.

  • Principles of Appraisal
  • Mortgage Financing Principles
  • Principles of Property Management
  • Real Estate Investment Analysis

Choose the Best-Fit Real Estate Brokerage

Real Estate Brokerages offer diverse fee structures, work-culture, training, and development programs. You can look around for options and choose the best fit for your learning and growth.

Experts recommend that you start interviewing for a brokerage, during Phase 3 of your Licensing. As soon as you complete your licensing requirements, you can hit the ground running. At Save Max, we offer a 3-Tier Support System for our real estate agents with continuous training and mentoring. We also have some of the most innovative ideas in the industry, to support them fully. The most popular one is Sign Deal Today Get Paid Today – our realtors get paid their commission, the same day they sign a deal.

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Apply for Your License

Applying for your license is an essential step to becoming a qualified real estate agent in Canada. A licensing fee is paid to the Securities Commission as part of the application. The process includes a background check of the applicant.

This will not take more than 48 hours, provided there are no past criminal proceedings, regulatory proceedings, civil proceedings, and bankruptcies.

Congratulations! You are Now a Real Estate Agent.

Now that you’re a fully licensed Real Estate agent, you can decide to go it alone or join a brokerage. Or, you can become a member of a local association and provincial association. Also, as a member of CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association), you become a REALTOR®, which allows you access to the MLS listings of properties.

If you would like to explore your options at Save Max, fill up the contact form below and we will get in touch.

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    Tips on How to Become Successful

    “Being a real estate agent, is a tough job” says Raman Dua, Founder & CEO of Save Max. “I understand the challenges of people starting out in the industry, as I have been there myself.”

    These are a few tips to help you succeed in your chosen profession as a Real Estate Professional.

    1. Create a personal connection with clients. They are not just a transaction or a deal.
    2. Keep educating yourself about the industry. Moreover, learn the business, train yourself and plan your strategies.
    3. An experienced mentor and on-the-job training can be huge advantages.
    4. Take the time to understand the business before rushing into deals.


    Summing up. there has never been a wrong time for investments in real estate. You can see property listings for resale and new houses for sale, all over the GTA. Furthermore, the national prices rising 9.2% by the end of 2022 prove that this is the right time for homebuyers to invest in property.

    Homes for Sales Activity -10 year realty average and forecast by CREA.
    Sales activity, historical, forecast, and 10-year average (CNW Group/Canadian Real Estate Association)

    CREA has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate boards and associations in 2022. As can be seen in the image above, home sales are forecast to remain historically strong in 2023.

    As a real estate agent, you can be a part of this upward trending industry, which offers unlimited opportunities for professional growth and earnings. At Save Max, we believe that every agent can be a successful entrepreneur. We also support your dreams and offer you opportunities to grow your success as a Real Estate Agent. Talk to us and explore your career options at Save Max.

    A realtor’s job goes far beyond showing their clients a few properties and closing the deal. To be a successful realty agent, you have to be willing to put in the hard work and offer the best experience to your clients. In conclusion, a career in realty can be extremely rewarding, but you need to be well-informed about the industry.

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