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Real estate: pluses and minuses

You gain knowledge in various fields like finance, marketing and land and property laws, technicalities involved in construction and management principles.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2008 00:24 IST

The upside:


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The money is good. A commerce graduate could start with Rs 15,000 a month while a management graduate could even draw thrice that sum as a starting package. And then there is brokerage, which could be as much as ten times your cost to company


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As you go up the ladder, you get to interact with the top guys in your company as well as CEOs of firms you are dealing with. That can open many more doors for you.


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You gain knowledge in various fields like finance, marketing and land and property laws, technicalities involved in construction and management principles.


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Stress levels are lower compared to most other jobs with corporate-style working hours and five-day weeks (unless meetings are scheduled or project deadlines are to be met).

The flipside:
* You need to be tremendously patient. A client could take forever to make up his or her mind. And then he or she may change it.
* The industry is growing and competition is tough.
* You may have to travel a lot (but that could be a positive if you like travelling) and it may not necessarily be a desk job.
* Nobody can teach you how to negotiate. You learn on the job. So getting that cracker of a deal in your kitty could take a while.