An unlicensed assistant is a support staff member for a real estate agent or team. They do not have a real estate license and have restrictions on what they can do. They are usually able to access information, support open houses, and distribute pre-screened materials. But they are typically unable to provide real estate advice, write advertisements, or support private showings.
Unlicensed assistants can be helpful generalists to have on a team. They are often willing to help across a variety of tasks and appreciate learning more about the industry. Some unlicensed assistants remain in that role long-term. But many are working on getting their real estate license.
Unlicensed assistants are typically full-time or part-time employees at a brokerage or on an agent team. They are not able to collect a commission because they do not have a license.
Usually unlicensed assistants are able to get restricted logins for most MLSs. This prevents them from accessing information they need a license for. MLS access for unlicensed assistants is usually cheaper than it is for agents and brokerages.