The negative is that you have NO Control over your schedule. A REALTOR friend of mine is working on site has 2 kids and has had ONE Saturday off in Months and had to beg for that. You work holidays, mornings, nights, weekends, ect. And because many times you have to wait for the house to be built, it could take 4-6 months or more for checks to start coming in.
On the other hand, you may have to build your network and it could take a number of months being an regular agent. You still work nights, weekends, mornings, ect but at least you have the option of telling clients when you can and can not meet them.
My suggestion would be to shadow a Strong ETHICAL REALTOR. See if someone will be your mentor and help you with leads. Do open houses (Done correctly you can get some good buyer/seller leads from these.. I know several agents that got their start off open houses). Take office duty (If it's available) and stay away from NEGATIVE PEOPLE.
If you go with a builder, be sure to ask UPFRONT what kind of schedule you will have and any flexibility, what your fee/split will be, how the leads are divided up, if you are able to work outside leads (Someone that needs to sell a house or if you have a friend that wants to buy a house not in the subdivision,ect).
I am a Realtor who started out working for KB Homes here in Austin. I now work closely with my old work colleagues who work all over the metro for many different builders. I hold open houses for them and promote their homes for the chance to represent a buyer or pick up a Move-up Client.
Yes, it is a good idea in my humble opinion. You can reach out to me if you want more info! Hope it helps and good luck!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Mc Guire
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