So you’re ready for the next chapter in your life and have been considering a career in real estate, but aren’t sure what the next step is. Keep reading and your confusion will turn to resolution. First, contact your local Realtors Association and make an appointment to discuss what you need to do to become a licensed real estate agent.
The biggest stumbling block people come up against when preparing to become an agent is the lack of formalized education available. You will be hard pressed to find reputable programs for becoming an agent in a brick and mortar setting, or even online for that matter. That’s why it is so important to discuss your preparation with someone at the National Realtors Association. Not only can they direct you to educational experiences and materials, they will be able to tell you what is required to become a real estate agent. Meeting with someone will also give you the opportunity to discuss what strengths work well with a career in Real Estate, and what you may need to work on.
An extremely helpful tool is the Real Estate Practice Exam. You can take practice exams for every state and they also provide comprehensive material to help you study for the test. In addition, you can get help brushing up your math skills and learning the math of real estate, which for some can be quite challenging. They also help with test taking support. Many of us suffer from test anxiety and simply freeze at word “test.” With their proven test taking techniques, you will breeze through the 200 question practice test.
If you are a self-starter and find yourself taking lead on many projects, then a career in real estate would probably be a great fit. Real estate agents work all the time. While you can have normal nine to five, Monday thru Friday office hours, most agents work around the clock to accommodate their clients. As a real estate agent you will:
- Hold open houses
- Schedule private showings
- Write legal contracts, such as an offer to purchase
- Stage empty properties
- Represent sellers and buyers
- Work with housing inspectors
- Work with other agents
- Negotiate selling prices
- Represent your client at closing
- Be available for your clients
If that seems like a tall order, keep in mind that is only a partial list of real estate agent activities. The process of buying and selling a home involves legal matters that must be understood. As an agent, you must be proficient in both reading and writing these documents. Successful agents are personable and love working with people. They’re active and may spend a lot of time on their feet. Real estate agents must be able to work independently in order to be productive. Finally, a real estate agent must be able to work under pressure while keeping cool, calm, and collected.