How to Become a Leasing Agent for Apartments in Houston, Texas

by Leyla Norman; Updated September 26, 2017
...

Houston is a city with a population of about 2,257,926, as of July 2009, according to City-Data.com. The median rental price in the city was $809 as of that year. Leasing agents serve the city’s large population of apartment dwellers. Several apartment management and leasing courses are available to help you get started in a career in apartment management.

Step 1

Complete a property management training course. Houston Community College offers one that consists of 144 hours of training for $995, as of this publication. The National Apartment Leasing Professional certification consists of several modules and costs $325 for members of the Houston Apartment Association or $425 for nonmembers. An introductory course for leasing personnel is available from the Houston Apartment Association, which can be completed in person or online for between $50 and $75.

Step 2

Contact a few Houston-area staffing agencies that partner with the Houston Apartment Association to find a temporary or temporary-to-permanent position at a property in Houston. Temping is a good way to learn the ropes of the industry, gain experience and network with apartment professionals. A list of apartment staffing agencies in Houston is on the Houston Apartment Association website.

Step 3

Visit properties of interest and ask to fill out a job application. Applying for a job in person is a good way to impress employers. Bring a copy of your resume and other important information, such as a list of references, your driver’s license, Social Security card, addresses, names and phone numbers of former employers. You can find a list of Houston Apartment Association members on its website (see Resources).

Tips

  • Another option is to visit your local workforce center in Houston, or look for leasing jobs in Houston on the WorkinTexas website.

    Leasing professionals are always well-dressed, so dress professionally when applying for a position in person.

About the Author

Leyla Norman has been a writer since 2008 and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.

Photo Credits

  • Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images