You may have aced your licensing exam, but there’s still so much to learn about prospecting for leads, cultivating strong relationships with clients, negotiating the sales process, and guiding a transaction smoothly to the closing table. For those starting out, REALTOR® Magazine’s Rookie Tool Kit provides timeless guidance on topics such as how to choose a brokerage and how to begin generating business. Also, subscribe to our e-newsletters to be sure you are getting the latest practical tips and trend information for your business. And be sure to check out the REALTOR® Benefits Program for discounts and offers available exclusively to NAR members.

Starting Your Career (2018)

Starting Your Career Topics


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require the member's nar.realtor login.

Skills & Strategies Every Agent Should Have 

What Clients Value in a Real Estate Agent (The Balance, Jul. 17, 2019)

Real Estate Business Letter Templates (National Association of REALTORS®)

The Negotiation Tool Kit (REALTOR® Magazine Toolkit)

Getting Started in Real Estate

30 Under 30 (REALTOR® Magazine, 2020)

How to Get Started as a New Real Estate Agent (The Balance, Jun. 13, 2019)

Sales & Marketing: My First Year Articles (REALTOR® Magazine)

The Listings Tool Kit (REALTOR® Magazine Toolkit)

The Rookie Tool Kit (REALTOR® Magazine Toolkit)

Finding Your First Clients

20 Ideas for Generating Real Estate Leads for New Agents (rentspree, May 11, 2020)

Top 13 Ways to Generate Real Estate Leads (Fit Small Business, Feb. 26, 2020)

The Prospecting Tool Kit (REALTOR® Magazine Toolkit)

Branding and M​arketing

Why Real Estate Branding Is So Important (Millionacres, Apr. 8, 2020)

13 Examples of Perfect Real Estate Branding (Placester, Feb. 25, 2020)

How to Feel Authentic While Building Your Personal Brand (KelloggInsight, Feb. 4, 2019)

The Property Marketing Tool Kit (REALTOR® Magazine Toolkit)

The Personal Marketing Tool Kit (REALTOR® Magazine Toolkit)

eBooks & Othe​r Resources


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

42 Rules to Turn Prospects into Customers (Kindle, eBook)

The Blueprint: Strategic Plan for Brand New, First Year and Struggling Real Estate Agents (eBook)

Branding for Dummies (eBook)

Easy Step by Step Guide to Telemarketing, Cold Calling & Appointment Making (Kindle, eBook)

E-mail Etiquette (eBook, Audiobook)

Improvisational Negotiation (Kindle, eBook)

Marketing Demystified (Kindle, eBook)

Opportunities in Real Estate Careers (Kindle, eBook)

Social Media Marketing (eBook)

Your First Year in Real Estate (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.

The Honest Real Estate Agent: A Training Guide for a Successful First Year and Beyond as a Real Estate Agent, (CreateSpace, 2012)

Sales and Marketing 101 for Real Estate Professionals (Chicago, IL: Dearborn Real Estate, 2007)

The Real Estate Agent's Business Planner (New York, NY: AMACOM, 2005)

So, You're a Real Estate Agent? Now What?! (Maximum Potential, 2004)

The Skilled Negotiator: Mastering the Language of Engagement (Chicago, IL : Jossey-Bass, 2004) HF 5438 R23s

The Complete Guide to Your Real Estate Closing: Answers to All Your Questions—From Opening Escrow to Negotiating Fees to Signing Closing Papers (Chicago, IL : McGraw-Hill, 2003) HF 5438 G11

Your First Year in Real Estate (Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 2001)

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