Getting Ahead in the Property Business

Getting Ahead in the Property Business

Buying a home or renting your first apartment is an exciting time. Knowledge of the property business is crucial if you are to seal the deal.

But did you ever consider a career as an Estate Agent or Auctioneer?

The property market is on the up, and buyers and sellers rely on the professional advice and skills of qualified realtors.

Here’s a fun fact – in the 1800s, you could pay admission to London Zoo if you brought a dog or cat with you to feed the lions! Some say the property market is still dog eat dog, and you definitely need to know your way through the system!

Pursuing a professional qualification in estate agency and valuations is the first step.

Skills and Personal Attributes

Negotiating property transactions is a very sensitive business. Moving house is one of the most stressful situations we face in life. Tact, listening skills, integrity and street smarts are personal qualities that serve the estate agent well. Understanding the needs of the vendor and purchaser and promoting the interests of the client are foremost. Add required qualifications, and you could be working in a rewarding and successful professional career.

Professional Standards

Since 2011, the auctioneering and estate agency profession has been licenced by the State by of the Property Services Regulatory Authority – PRSA. The law sets out rules on the licencing of the profession and ensures that estate agency staff are suitably experienced and qualified.

Education and Training

Under the 2011 licencing rules, auctioneers and estate agents are required to undertake training to achieve a recognised Level 6 qualification in property. Achievement of this qualification will enable you to register as a licenced Property Services Provider.

Where to Train

Did you know that you can take an introductory qualification in Auctioneering, Estate Agency and Valuations at Blackrock Further Education Institute? You get to study and develop vital skills including valuations, estate agency practice, computer skills and law. You also undertake work experience and put your new skills into practice. Happily, a number of students have secured employment directly as a result of the Blackrock Institute course. Graduates have secured employment in practices including Janet Carroll Estate Agent Blackrock and Sherry Fitzgerald. And the good news is it’s very affordable, and you are only required to attend four days a week.

Blackrock Institute has well established links with recognised Level 6 awards offered including the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) and the Dublin Institute of Technology. A number of graduates have progressed through the both routes, and they say that completing the introductory course was a great help in preparing them for further study.

The course is run in a state of the art campus in the heart of Blackrock Village, and the facilities are second to none. To find out more about studying at Blackrock, why not get in touch –email, call 012889717 or apply directly at Or drop in - Blackrock Institute has an Open Day on Wed 24 May 2017 from 2pm-4pm and if you want to visit in person, you will be made very welcome.


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