Steps to Being a Real Estate Agent
There are clear differences and functions of titles in the real estate business, and before knowing the steps on becoming a real estate agent, it’s best to have a clear understanding of these titles: real estate agent or real estate associates is one who has taken and passed all the requirements state requirements, such as real estate classes and licensing exam; realtor is a real estate agent, but, at the same time, a member of the National Association of Realtors, abiding by the association’s standards and code of ethics; real estate broker is also a real estate agent, but passed the real estate broker license exam, works independently with other agents working for them.
In trying to become a real estate agent, one has to meet these three goals: get the right education, pass the state and national licensing exams, and find and work for an established real estate broker who can provide you your first clients.
To enroll in pre-licensing courses, get in touch with your state’s real estate commission and inquire on the real estate education requirements, since some states have their own requirement rules as to the number of hours of classes; for instance, California requires 3 college level courses, while Idaho only requires two courses.
Before completing a real estate education, a prerequisite is an on-the-job training in an established real estate brokerage firm, which is an agency or company where licensed real estate agents and brokers work, and it is in this training where you can get as much advice from brokers, as well as getting involve into the business of selling and dealing with real estate properties. Do some research online on brokerage firms in your area, before applying for apprenticeship in a brokerage, and look for these aspects: size of the brokerage, reputation and if there are additional training offered, and, once you have selected a few firms, it is equally important to ask them these questions, so the information you get from the interview may give you a definite idea on what each firm is like, as well as allowing the firm to size you up: does the brokerage firm require additional course work, how many years is the firm operating, will the firm assign a broker to train you, what kind of client contact style is the firm applying, and how long will an agent receive an average commission.
Be prepared to meet these requirements to take the state and national licensing exams, when you have completed the real estate course, which includes the apprenticeship training, such as: provide a criminal background check, pay exam and license fees. As soon as you have passed and got a license, establish a start up budget, now that you’re working as a real estate agent, which includes additional licensing courses, business cards, signs and advertising and association fees, which could be a budget cost from $1,500 to $2,000.
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