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Become A Residential Sales

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Working As A Residential Sales

  • Getting Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $43,370

    Average Salary

What Does A Residential Sales Do At NRG Energy, Inc.

* Work diligently to assure safety for all sales team members
* Achieve signup, flow, and product sales targets
* Manage, monitor, motivate, coach and train Sales Agent team members to ensure optimal performance
* Actively seek methods to improve sales capture, performance, products, processes, and training
* Lead by example in the field by Selling/Closing prospects for Green Mountain Energy Pollution Free Electricity and other products/services
* Manage to sales agent headcount targets
* Assure that sales agent productivity goals are met as measured by achieving sales per hour targets and keeping gap pay to a minimum
* Work with full-time staff and team members to locate and secure new sales venues, as well as to maintain and strengthen existing partner relationships
* Establish effective reporting and communication with sales agents to ensure all are properly informed of management expectations, polices, procedures and programs
* Assure that sales agents meet all quality standards and coordinate with Quality Assurance staff and QA initiatives to ensure accuracy of messaging and utilization of appropriate sales tactics
* Oversee sales agent scheduling to optimize sales productivity
* Ensure sales teams have an adequate supply of all necessary equipment and sales/marketing materials
* Track inventory and prevents loss of field equipment
* Attend, be on time and participate at all required meetings.
* Assure compliance with approved commission and bonus plans
* Approve payroll, hours, expense reports, and high dollar invoices after verifying accuracy
* Work with various online systems and be proactive to find solutions to any IT issues to avoid business disruption
* Provide competitive and other field related feedback such as product and price comparisons
* Submit required reports with an emphasis on quality and accuracy and on time
* Work with stakeholders across departments to support sales efforts, including: HR, accounting, marketing, legal, public relations, peers in other markets, sales analysts, and others

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How To Become A Residential Sales

Real estate brokers and sales agents need at least a high school diploma. Both brokers and sales agents must be licensed. To become licensed, candidates typically must complete a number of real estate courses and pass a licensing exam. 


Real estate brokers and sales agents must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Although most brokers and agents must take state-accredited prelicensing courses to become licensed, some states may waive this requirement if the candidate has taken college courses in real estate. 

As the real estate market becomes more competitive and complex, some employers are preferring to hire candidates with college courses or a college degree. Some community colleges, colleges, and universities offer courses in real estate. Some offer associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in real estate, and many others offer certificate programs. Courses in finance, business administration, economics, and law also can be useful.

Brokers intending to open their own company often take business courses, such as marketing and accounting. 

In addition to offering prelicensing courses, many real estate associations have courses and professional development programs for both beginners and experienced agents. These courses cover a variety of topics, such as real estate fundamentals, real estate law, and mortgage financing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states and the District of Columbia, real estate brokers and sales agents must be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but most have similar basic requirements:

Candidates must:

  • be 18 years old
  • complete a number of real estate courses
  • pass an exam

Some states have additional requirements, such as passing a background check. Licenses typically are not transferable among states. However, some states have reciprocity agreements and will accept licenses issued by some other states. 

To obtain a broker’s license, individuals generally need 1 to 3 years of experience as a licensed sales agent. They also must take additional formal training courses. In some states, a bachelor’s degree may be substituted in place of some experience or training requirements. 

State licenses typically must be renewed every 2 to 4 years. In most states, brokers and agents must complete continuing education courses to renew their license. To verify exact licensing requirements, prospective brokers and agents should contact the real estate licensing commission of the state in which they wish to work.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

To get a broker’s license in most states, real estate brokers must have experience working as a licensed real estate sales agent. Requirements vary by state, but most require 1 to 3 years of experience. 


Real estate sales agents improve their skills through practice and repetition. Because of the sales environment and the complexity of real estate deals, new agents typically observe and work closely with more senior agents. In addition, some of the larger real estate companies provide formal classroom training for new agents as a way to gain knowledge and experience, while others provide training to employees studying for their real estate licensing exam.


Sales agents who earn their broker’s license may open their own offices. 

Important Qualities

Business skills. Because most brokers are self-employed, they must manage every aspect of their business. This task includes reaching out to prospective clients, handling their finances, and advertising their services.

Interpersonal skills. Strong interpersonal skills are essential for real estate brokers and sales agents, because they spend much of their time interacting with clients and customers. To attract and keep clients, they must be pleasant, enthusiastic, and trustworthy. 

Organizational skills. Real estate brokers and sales agents must be able to work independently, managing their own time and organizing, planning, and prioritizing their work.

Problem-solving skills. Real estate brokers and sales agents need to be able to quickly (sometimes immediately) address concerns clients or potential customers may have with a property. They also mediate negotiations between seller and buyer.

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Residential Sales Career Paths

Residential Sales
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager General Manager Account Executive
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Territory Manager Regional Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Territory Manager District Sales Manager
Corporate Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Regional Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Agent Account Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Account Executive
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inside Sales Representative Outside Sales Representative Account Manager
Key Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Sales Representative Sales Manager Regional Sales Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Agent Property Manager Regional Manager
National Sales Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Sales Manager National Account Manager Account Executive
Regional Accounts Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Realtor Property Manager
Regional Property Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inside Sales Representative Office Manager Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Sales Representative Account Executive Sales Manager
Senior Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Realtor Real Estate Agent Account Manager
Territory Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Regional Sales Manager Senior Account Manager Account Executive
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Residential Sales Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Korean

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Top Skills for A Residential Sales


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Top Residential Sales Skills

  1. Product Knowledge
  2. Residential Real Estate
  3. Outstanding Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained superior product knowledge and possess the ability to show customers the value of our products and services.
  • Licensed Realtor Residential Real Estate Agent specializing in home sales and rentals in the Phoenix market.
  • Represented buyers and sellers in residential real estate transactions with outstanding customer service and successful marketing.
  • Increased footprint and knowledge base of services in and beyond sales territory.
  • Coordinate and fix an appointment with prospective buyers to show them houses and plots.

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