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As of early this year, there were more than 2,000,000 real estate licensees throughout the United States. Of that number, around 1.3 million were members of an Association of Realtors. Additionally, a good portion of this group has had their license for one year or less - further evidence that our industry is a competitive one.
But real estate sales isn't just a highly competitive business - it can carry it’s share of stress, too. It can certainly feel like something of a grind, especially in those early days, which is why jumping into this particular pond head-first might not be the best idea.
Likewise, many people who wish to enter our business don't actually have the financial ability to start on a full-time basis. But that's okay, because becoming actively involved in real estate part-time brings with it a wide range of benefits that can't be ignored. Not only can this help you confirm this is something you actually want to do, but it can assist you in creating a transition plan to get you to full-time and to replace your 9-to-5 income in a thoughtful, intentional way.
Starting a Career in Real Estate: Breaking Things Down
The first thing you need to do to start a part-time career in real estate involves coming up with your own unique solutions to some of the common challenges people face.
Scheduling, for example, is often a difficult hurdle to overcome. It's not necessarily easy to be fully available for your clients at a time that works for them when you have another job to worry about. Unfortunately, there's no "one size fits all" solution to this issue as every situation is unique. Just know that it can be done, but you'll need to hone your organization skills and communicate your hours to prospects clearly and concisely to keep everything flowing as smoothly as possible.
Likewise, it's imperative that you get your own expectations in order. Becoming successful in real estate is already time-consuming - not to mention how long things can take when you're also trying to continue your current employment. If you think that you'll somehow be able to A) work a full-time job, B) do real estate part-time, and C) keep your nights and weekends free, the chances are you're going to have to sacrifice one of those three things. You can only have two, so pick the ones that are most important to you before moving forward. This is on top of family or other personal obligations you might be faced with.
In terms of the actual logistics of becoming a real estate agent, you'll first need to take care of getting your real estate license. This involves figuring out and completing your pre-license requirements, which we can help you with. If you schedule is tight we offer online correspondence real estate courses too. Once you sit for and pass your real estate license exam, you can then take another critical step in joining your local board.
This Association of Realtors organization will allow you access to the Multiple Listing Service, also referred to as an MLS for short, that acts as a centralized repository that all Realtors in your area can use to list properties, view market statistics and more.
You’ll need your license in order to join the association of Realtors which is why our pre-license courses are so important.
Finally, you'll need to find a broker to work with. Here, you have two options: large, national brands like Coldwell Banker and Century 21 or smaller, independent and locally operated brokers. The former will come with benefits like major name recognition, but the latter will offer an intimate connection to the local community that could be quite helpful. Again - every market is unique so there is no "right answer" here. Think about which option fits best with your long-term goals and which offers the most favorable terms as far as the percentage of the commission you enjoy, desk fees and most importantly training. As a part-time real estate agent, you’ll want a company that offers training around your schedule as it will probably be less flexible than someone starting on a full-time basis.
Yes, starting a real estate career part-time is going to be time-consuming and no, it isn't going to be easy. But it is absolutely possible if you enter from the right perspective and are consistent with your efforts.
As the old saying goes - "anything worth doing is worth doing right."
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