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How do Become a Real Estate Agent/Broker in Dubai?

Due to the city’s glorious skyline, amazing engineering marvels and state-of-the-art developments, lots of people are keen to become a part of the city’s real estate industry. If you have good communication skills and get a rush from closing a deal, a career as a real estate agent in Dubai might just be right for you.

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But how do you go about it? In today’s blog post, we provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to become a real estate agent in Dubai.

WHY BECOME A REAL ESTATE AGENT IN DUBAI?


To start off, there are several good reasons to become a real estate agent/broker/realtor in the UAE. First, you will be working with one of the most expensive assets in the market: property. If you have the right sales and negotiation skills and work hard to build a good reputation, this can translate into a good amount of commission, over and above your basic salary

Are you wondering how to be a real estate agent in Dubai? While the process has many layers and successful agents take years to build a strong portfolio of prospective buyers and tenants, the basic process to become a real estate agent in Dubai, starts with the training modules organised by DREI. Once you have completed the classes, you will need to successfully pass the exam and obtain the license required to operate as a property dealer in Dubai.

HOW TO BECOME A REAL ESTATE AGENT IN DUBAI


STEP 1 – OBTAIN A RESIDENCY VISA (FOR EXPATS)

The first step to becoming a property dealer in Dubai is to obtain a residency permit.

UAE citizens and GCC nationals can easily sign up for the licensing process. Expats, however, need to have a valid residency visa to apply for a job as a realtor in Dubai. You either get a work visa in Dubai from your employer, or a residency visa sponsored by your spouse who is working in Dubai. You will also need your Emirates ID. If you’re new to the country, we also have a detailed guide on how you can apply for Emirates ID.

STEP 2 – APPLY FOR DREI CERTIFIED TRAINING

Once you have the visa, the next step to becoming a real estate agent in Dubai is to sign up for the training with Dubai Real Estate Institute (DREI). Known as the Certified Training for Real Estate Brokers, the four-day course aims to give you the necessary insight into the region’s real estate industry.


The course is approved by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), which is the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department (DLD). You can read about RERA, DLD and other key industry entities on MyBayut as well.

STEP 3 – TAKE THE RERA EXAM

Once you complete the four-day training, you will have to appear for a written RERA registration exam. For bachelor degree holders, the exam fee is AED 3,200 while applicants without a bachelor’s degree have to pay AED 6,300. The test is easy, provided that you have covered the contents of the certification course well.

STEP 4 – OBTAIN THE REALTOR LICENCE

Once you clear the exam, you will be on your way to get a realtor licence for working as a real estate agent in Dubai. An additional requirement for getting a broker’s licence is a certificate of good conduct.

Once you meet these requirements, the Economic Department will issue your broker licence and card. You will receive your credentials within one or two days after you submit all the required documents.

You have to renew your licence one month before the expiry date to avoid any penalties by the issuing authority