How to Become an Apartment Leasing Agent

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Apartments and related housing are a popular type of residence for a variety of people from young adults attending college to older adults that no longer wish to live in a large home. Apartment leasing agents are trained workers that help renters find their desired apartment.

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What does an apartment leasing agent do?

Apartment leasing agents are responsible for leasing residential property. They help apartment complexes and related housing facilities to reach high occupancy rates and they help clients find residences that meet their needs. They provide the necessary information and show clients a variety of available apartments. They ask a variety of questions to find out what customers are looking for and their specific needs. Apartment leasing agents also help clients fill out applications, verify information, and collect up front money. They often evaluate credit reports, background checks, and other related information.

What kind of training does an apartment leasing agent need?

Apartment leasing agents must have a high school diploma, but many employers prefer candidates with some postsecondary training and related work experience. Many apartment leasing agents have completed formal training programs. Prospective apartment leasing agents often complete courses in real estate, business administration, finance, and economics. Many employers offer formal training programs for new apartment leasing agents. New agents usually shadow experienced employees to learn the necessary skills and experience. They often begin completing simple tasks as move on to more advanced duties with time. Some states require apartment leasing agents to become licensed. Licensing requirements vary, but often include minimum education and passing a written examination. Apartment leasing agents must complete regular continuing education to maintain their licenses and keep their skills up to date.

What are the prospects for a career as an apartment leasing agent?

Employment of apartment leasing agents is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 8% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increased demand for a variety of apartments will drive job growth.

Job prospects should be good especially for apartment leasing agents with extensive experience. Some job openings will arise from the need to replace apartment leasing agents that leave the field.

How much do apartment leasing agents make?

As of March 2010, the average annual salary for apartment leasing agents is $22,000; average annual apartment leasing agent salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).

A career as an apartment leasing agent is a great choice for people with a strong interest in performing a variety of tasks to help clients lease apartments and related residences. Apartment leasing agents must have a solid understanding of the rules and regulations related to leasing apartments. Detail orientation, good judgment, good problem solving, and great organizational skills are necessary characteristics. Apartment leasing agents must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide variety of clients and other professionals.

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