MORE and more people are taking advantage of the state’s property boom and becoming real estate agents.
TAFE NSW enrolment data for 2017 shows thousands of extra students this year enrolled in the Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) course – a huge 44 per cent increase on last year.
It’s an industry Tamworth real estate agent of nearly three decades, David Doherty, is encouraging more people to take up.
“I’m surprised there’s not more young people coming into real estate,” he said.
“Traditionally people have got into it when they’re having a career change.”
Mr Doherty said the process to become a fully-fledged real estate agent is far different today than what it was when he started in 1990.
It took him four years of night classes at TAFE and working under a licensee for two years before you could even apply for a licence.
Now, the First National Tamworth co-principal is encouraging young people to get into the game.
“It’s the flexibility, the reward for service," Mr Doherty said.
“The harder you work, the luckier you are.”
Mr Doherty said while listings at his agency were down on previous years, there was one city suburb that continued to dominate the market.
“Listings in East Tamworth are a hot market,” he said.
“I always say East Tamworth is our Darling Harbour.”
TAFE NSW minister Adam Marshall said the state’s property sector is booming.
“With a 44 per cent increase in the Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) across the state there is no doubt budding real estate agents have chosen TAFE NSW as the institution of choice for their training,” Mr Marshall said.
“The NSW government also offers a significant subsidy to eligible students of almost 85 per cent of the total course fee for the Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) under Smart and Skilled as it is a qualification, which plays a key role in growing the State’s economy.
“This means students looking to train in real estate at TAFE NSW not only get the skills they need to get a job but they can do so without accumulating a large debt from expensive tuition fees.
“The performance of TAFE NSW in this huge growth sector is another example of how the NSW government is working hard to address the skills needs of the state.”
This year also saw strong performance for traditional trade qualifications in building, carpentry and plumbing.