Real estate is an industry that involves buying, selling or renting property. It can be residential, commercial or land. People buy property to use it or rent it for income. Land can be used to grow crops or trees for sale or rent, companies may rent raw land to put structures like pump jacks, pipelines, gravel pits or cell towers on it, and homes are usually built on it to sell or lease. The holder of the land can also resell or rent it for profit or just live in it.

There are many players in the real estate industry: brokers, agents, developers, home builders, property managers, investors, and homeowners. The key players are the ones who facilitate a transaction between two parties. Real estate agents are licensed professionals who work for a brokerage firm and represent both buyers and sellers. They are the middle men who help buyers and sellers find a property to purchase or rent. They negotiate the price of a home and the various fees associated with a real estate purchase or sale. They are also familiar with local market conditions and regulations, including mortgages and home warranties.

Brokers are professionals who manage a real estate brokerage firm. They have a license to sell real estate and are in charge of the brokerage firm. They are also in charge of finding and training new real estate agents. Brokers often hold meetings for their associates and keep in contact with each other via email and phone. They are also in charge of arranging for showings of properties for their clients. They also help prepare, submit and file the many paperwork documents required by the real estate industry. Also read


Developers make money by purchasing land, combining it with other properties (called assembly), rezoning it and building structures on it to increase its value. They also earn profits by selling or leasing their completed projects to end users. Sales and marketing firms sell or lease properties for developers and earn a commission on the sales.

Investors buy property to make a quick profit or for long term rental income. The “other people’s money” slogan is quite true, as most investors purchase a property with a mortgage. They then collect monthly rent in order to cover the mortgage, insurance, utilities, taxes, maintenance, repairs and improvements. Ideally, they will have enough left over to produce a modest profit after paying off their mortgage in 25-30 years or more.


Real estate investment platforms connect real estate developers and investors who want to finance their projects through debt or equity. These platforms are similar to crowdfunding websites in that the investors get a regular distribution in exchange for taking on some risk and paying a fee to the platform. Some investment platforms specialize in certain types of property, such as office buildings, retail centers and apartments. Others are more broad and invest in a variety of property types.