Learn How to Become a Real Estate Paralegal

A prerequisite for the majority of real estate paralegal jobs is a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies, pre-law, political science or related field and/or a paralegal certificate with experience assisting in brokering real estate transactions. Those seeking entry-level real estate paralegal positions should make sure they have at least the education requirements met to be competitive. Gain paralegal experience by taking advantage of internships offered through the paralegal school you plan on attending.

h2>Real Estate Paralegal Job Duties

Real Estate Paralegals' job duties vary depending on the law firm, real estate agency or title company they work for. This is a general overview of a real estate paralegal's function in leasing, residential and commercial real estate businesses.

Under the supervision of their employer, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Paralegals assist in reviewing title reports, preparing leases and closing documents, assist attorneys in closing of sales, purchases, leasing and financing transactions. In some cases real estate paralegals may work the entire transaction from initiation of contracts through closing and others may specialize in closing or other areas of complex real estate transactions.

Useful skills for real estate paralegals to possess include: knowledge of financing, lease negotiation and lending documents and procedures, strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to work on real estate transactions from the initial contract through the closing, and work with minimal supervision. These necessary skills are taught at paralegal schools in some form or another and can have a greater emphasis in those programs that offer a specialization in real estate.

Real Estate Paralegal Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for paralegals and legal assistants is $46,990. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. The BLS projects job growth at 17 percent through 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations.

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