It seems you have an excellent 'critical' mix of skills that can prove to be overwhelmingly beneficial in the development of a real estate business. Be fully aware, you WILL BE A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER and the buck stops right on your desk. That is both the reason to celebrate and despair. Those who have succeeded will assure you:
"They did it on their own!"
"They created their business!"
"Someone, however, held the door open for them to pass through."
Being a corp type from the IT environment you know about looking at results. You know to analyze cause and effect. You know not to be distracted by the noise in the system and to laser in on what matters. You need to read what I posted this morning about focusing on results..
In the end, do what those who have gone before you instruct. Way too many newbies fall victim to the IDWDT syndrome. From the extensive entries on their "I Don't Want To Do That" list they set the framework of their own demise. What IS EMBARRASSING is failing. Do what you need to do. Follow the instruction of those qualified to provide such instruction. It's not rocket science. It's implementing the last 5% of the plan that makes the difference between a hobby and a career. Connect with an organization that has a historical record of RESULTS. From there it is up to you.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
First Look: http://youtu.be/PumYpkgybXE
To see what real estate sales is really like, try doing a few "ride alongs" with experienced agents - same as you might do with a policeman. Sit the entire time at an open house. Go on a broker's preview caravan. Attend a brokerage's weekly sales meeting. Try these things at several offices to get a feel for how they work and whether or not it's an environment you want to be in.
As I always advise potential agents, it doesn't matter which office you sign up with, what matters is that you have a mentor who is willing and able to bring you along and get you the best chance to learn and gain experience.
I would recommend visiting a few real estate offices and talking with a few managers/brokers and agents to explore if becoming an agent is a wise step for you. Out of personal experience, it helps to have a chunk of money to cover your expenses for the first four to eight months. In addition, when I first got into real estate, I often found myself work 6-7 days a week, by choice, in order to be successful. No matter what you do, take your time and make sure you know what you are getting ready to partake in.
I've been in the business for almost exactly three years, so I'd be happy to talk to you about what it's like getting into the business these days - and sticking with it. I love my job, but I'm not afraid to tell you about the "challenges" as well. It would probably be good to chat with a bunch of brokers to get a range of perspectives.