Real Estate Paralegal
If you pursue an education in Paralegal Studies through MacCormac College, you will earn a valuable degree with a surprising amount of versatility. There are many fulfilling and rewarding career options available to qualified paralegals — including working as a real estate paralegal for a title company, real estate agency or in a corporate setting.
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING AND EDUCATION DO REAL ESTATE PARALEGALS NEED?
In addition to mastering legal research, writing and communication skills, real estate paralegals must understand the legal facets that come with real estate purchases, sales and lease transactions.
To become a real estate paralegal, you can expect employers to require at least an associate degree in paralegal studies — earned through an American Bar Association-approved program. Accredited and approved programs typically include (or offer as electives) classes that cover topics such as contract law, real estate, probate law, civil litigation, intellectual property and corporate law.
You may want to consider pursuing additional certifications through national associations as a real estate paralegal. Some of the organizations that offer such certifications include the National Association of Legal Secretaries, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the American Alliance of Paralegals.
WHAT DOES A REAL ESTATE PARALEGAL DO?
Real estate paralegal responsibilities may vary somewhat from one employer to the next. In general, however, real estate paralegal duties may include some or all of the following tasks:
- Researching property transactions and records — and ordering copies of titles, deeds, title insurance policies and conducting due diligence
- Ordering environmental assessments
- Preparing client correspondence and real estate forms including deeds, affidavits, closing documents and accounts
- Reviewing purchase, sales and lease contracts for residential and/or commercial real estate
- Coordinating sale closings with all parties
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN RETURN FOR YOUR HARD WORK?
Working as a real estate paralegal can be rewarding, in more ways than one. The national median annual wage for all paralegals was $52,920, as of May 2020. For paralegals working in the real estate industry, the national annual real estate paralegal salary (annual mean wage) was significantly higher, at $72,050.
Of course, money isn’t everything; job satisfaction is important, too. Working as a real estate paralegal may be the right fit for you if you enjoy a fast-paced, but detail-oriented, role. Real estate clients depend on their real estate firms and title insurance companies to meet sometimes tight deadlines and to guarantee documents are researched and drafted correctly. Paralegals who thrive on being able to work well under pressure, and on exceeding client (and supervising attorney) expectations, should find working in real estate paralegal positions rewarding.
WHY CHOOSE MACCORMAC COLLEGE FOR YOUR PARALEGAL EDUCATION?
At MacCormac College, we offer a Paralegal Studies program designed to make our graduates stand out from the crowd upon graduation. We offer plenty of real-world training opportunities taught by licensed attorneys who practice in the subjects they teach.
Please note that paralegals may not practice law or otherwise provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Working as a real estate paralegal is just one of many exciting careers you can pursue as a graduate of MacCormac College’s Paralegal Studies Major program. Ready to learn more? Contact us to get more information. When you are ready to take the next step toward your future as a paralegal, apply online!