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Despite their extensive knowledge of the real estate transaction, many Realtor® professionals didn’t start out in the real estate industry.

According to the NAR 2013 Member Profile, NAR members come from diverse backgrounds. Nineteen percent of those surveyed worked in management, business or the financial sector before becoming Realtors®; another 15 percent reported a sales or retail background, and a combined 16 percent reported a background in education or providing office or  administrative support.

Only 6 percent of NAR members reported real estate as their first career.

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  • “How did you end up here?”

Talk to a Realtor® about how they got their start in real estate. Did they have a different career before, and if so, why did they transition to real estate? What skills did they bring from their previous jobs that help them succeed as a Realtor®? Because real estate is such a rapidly evolving industry, NAR offers advanced educational opportunities to its members that allow them to offer a more diverse array of real estate services and accredited subspecialties.