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(Updated May 2016)

In today's hectic and high-powered world of real estate, you may feel that there are not enough hours in the day to get the job done. That's where the personal assistant can be of use. But how do you hire a real estate assistant? What job duties can they perform? The following articles, books, and audio-visual materials may help to clarify some of these issues for you. (R. Carlson, Information Specialist)

E – EBSCO articles available for NAR members only. Password can be found on the EBSCO Access Information page.

Characteristics of Personal Assistants

  • 13% of REALTORS® use at least one personal assistant
  • 2% of REALTORS® use two or more assistants
  • 47% of personal assistants are licensed
  • 46% of personal assistants are employed part-time
  • 86% of personal assistants work exclusively for one REALTOR®

Source: 2017 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2017).

What Can a Personal Assistant Do for You?

What Unlicensed Assistants Can Do in Your State, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).

Personal Assistants Tool Kit, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).

Are You Ready for an Assistant?, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).

Top 8 Additional Duties for a Licensed Real Estate Assistant, (, May 2008). 

Job Description for a Real Estate Assistant, (Active Rain, May 2008). 

10 Ways to Get More from Your Personal Assistant, (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 2007).

HELP WANTED: Personal Assistant Needed, (Wisconsin Real Estate Online, Jan. 11, 2007).

Personnel Issues

Types of Personal Assistants, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).

Compensation Structures, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).

Employee vs. Independent Contractor, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).

Tips for Being an Effective Manager, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, n.d.).

Licensed Personal Assistants: To Be or Not to Be? (Illinois REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 2013).

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Be a Kickass Assistant (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Become a mega-producer real estate agent: profit from a licensed assistant, (Mason, OH: Thomson South-Western, 2005). HF 5438 H42b

Real estate assistants: a guide for risk management, (Chicago, IL: National Association of REALTORS®, 2001). HF 5438 N16rm

The professional assistant: a guide to success for real estate assistants, (Chicago, IL: Real Estate Education Co., 1996). HF 5438 R33

Multiply your success with real estate assistants, (Chicago, IL: Real Estate Education Company, 1994). HD 1375 R22ms

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