Real Estate

Real estate is defined as property in the form of land or buildings, and real estate surveyors work across a wide range of markets and activities.

Practice Area Real Estate
Introduction Real estate surveyors could be involved with the management, purchase, sale or leasing of land and property. The focus may be on maximising the value and return of as asset and can range from a single building to a multi-million-pound portfolio.
What skills are required?
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with clients and other professionals
  • Commercial awareness as many surveyors work in fee earning roles
  • Drive and the ability to build relationships and networks and generate new business
  • Some roles require strong numeracy skills
What qualifications are required? A non-cognate or RICS accredited degree may be required, with most surveyors working towards chartered status with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
What is it like in practice?

Real estate surveyors may work in the public sector or in private practice, and often to choose to specialise in either commercial or residential markets.

Specialist areas include: agency, asset management, landlord and tenant work and property management. Many graduates work in range of departments before specialising.

Surveyors may work on a one-off project for a client, or be retained on a longer-term basis, for example to manage a property portfolio.

Usual office hours apply, although some flexibility and travel may be required.

Work Environment Split between office and site work.
Employment opportunities

Larger firms recruit graduates on to graduate development programmes, giving participants the opportunity to work across a number of different departments before choosing their specialisms. Smaller firms recruit all year round, offering both specialist and general practice work.

Whilst many students have an RICS accredited degree, there are opportunities for non-cognate graduates to join a firm and study for a property qualification whilst working.

There are also degree apprenticeships in real estate surveying available.

More information

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Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc Real Estate Management

MSc Real Estate

MBA Construction and Real Estate

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Working with different people such as clients, colleagues and the general public
  • Doing deals and making transactions

See more skills used by real estate agents:

  • Managing people and leadership
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Using verbal and written communication skills
  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data