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?


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Characteristics of Personal Assistants

  • 13% of REALTORS® use at least one personal assistant
  • 49% of personal assistants are licensed
  • 45% of personal assistants are employed full-time
  • 59% of personal assistants work exclusively for one REALTOR®

Source: 2020 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile (National Association of REALTORS®, 2020)

What Can a Personal Assistant Do for You?

Personal Assistant Resume Sample and Skills List (The Balance, Feb. 14, 2020)

8 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant for Real Estate Tasks (Young Professionals Network, Jan. 11, 2020)

Everything an Administrative Virtual Assistant Can Do For You (ActiveRain, Sep. 25, 2019)

12 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Make Your Real Estate Business More Efficient (Homespotter, Aug. 22, 2019)

Five Ways to Achieve More with Your Assistant (KW Outfront, May 14, 2019)

Do You Need a Real Estate Assistant? (2-10, Apr. 16, 2019)

11 Signs it's Time to Hire a Real Estate Assistant (Kapre, Jan. 24, 2019)

Personnel Issues

Real Estate Assistant Salaries in the United States (Indeed, Feb. 27, 2021)

Real Estate Technology: The Best Virtual Personal Assistants for Real Estate Agents (Winning Agent, Jul. 20, 2020)

How to Hire a Personal Assistant Who Saves You 10 Hours a Week (Entrepreneur, Jun. 18, 2020)

Hiring the Right Personal Assistant for You (REALTOR® Magazine, Apr. 17, 2020)

When to Hire A Real Estate Agent Assistant (Zing! By Quicken Loans, Mar. 30, 2020)

What are the Qualities of a Good Personal Assistant? (Career Trend, Aug. 26, 2019)

Should You Hire a Real Estate Assistant? (ResourceBoss.com, Aug. 5, 2019)

How to Hire Virtual Assistants for Real Estate (AZ Big Media, Jul. 16, 2019)

Top 50 Real Estate Administrative Assistant Skills (Zippia, Apr. 11, 2019)

Time to Hire a Real Estate Assistant? How to Go About It (RISMedia, Mar. 10, 2019)

Administrative Assistant DISC Profile (WizeHire)

Types of Personal Assistants (REALTOR® Magazine)

Employee vs. Independent Contractor (REALTOR® Magazine)

Tips for Being an Effective Manager (REALTOR® Magazine)

eBooks & Other Resources


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

Be a Kickass Assistant (Kindle, eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. 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 Member Support 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 Pocket Assistant's Guide for Real Estate Professionals (Canton, OH: Carmel Publishing, 1997) HF 5438 R33p

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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