Education and training requirements
Whether you are intending on setting up your own buyer’s agency or working alongside an existing buyer’s agent, you will need to make sure you meet the requirements for the specific state/s in which you are operating. Each state has its own laws and licensing requirements regarding property transactions. To get started, please make an enquiry with your state-based Department of fair Trading/Business Licensing. You can also contact the Real Estate Buyer’s Agents Association (REBAA) or your local Real Estate Institute (REI) for further guidance.
In terms of training, different businesses offer differing regimes. Some encourage a ground-up training system by partnering experienced BA’s with assistant BA’s in training, whilst others offer ‘apprenticeship’ style roles for new market entrants. Ideally undertaking an apprenticeship with a REBAA accredited buyer’s agent/advocate who can mentor you through the early years is recommended. The Real Estate Institute in your state plus TAFE and some private institutions run training courses.
A strength in business operations is also beneficial for those who embark on running their own business. However, buyer’s agents can come from many different backgrounds – each offering their own benefits which can be transferred and utilised as a buyer’s agent. Some of REBAA’s most experienced buyer’s agents hold tertiary qualifications spanning accounting, valuations, business, law, science, medicine, and nursing (to name a few).