I don't know you, '82, so I have no idea whether this is the time for YOU to make the move.
The market is active.
I don't know what you mean.
It's expensive, because you have no income while you work building your business. You can probably start out by spending less than $2000 up front, but you really need a plan for building that business.
Even the best firms aren't great for everybody. It is very difficult to find a firm for a lifetime. Some firms have good training programs, but of'times veteran agents chafe at franchise fees and mandatory commission splits.
My advice is to figure out how you can live without income for six months and still have money to invest in your business. Then, start talking to broker / managers about how they can support you in building a business.
All the best,
A good Realtor does not react to the market; a good Realtor sees where the market is going and is flexible to change with the market. As a result, the good Realtor does not see a down market.
Are you looking to begin in Florida or NY? In NY, it is the cost of your education; licensing is not that expensive. And to become a Realtor and not just a real estate agent, you must join a National Association of Realtors local board. I am not sure of the cost involved in Florida, but a full year (September to September) in NY is in the $500-600 range.
People to not hire companies; they hire individuals. You can be great no matter what company you are with. It is important to seek a broker with high principals and morals so you go in starting with a good reputation. You will also want to make the broker is doing their job....training you on the job.
Feel free to email or call with any questions you may have; I'm always happy to help.
Talk to a number of of new(er) agents in your area that have achieved success and pick their brain.
Good luck to you,
Startup costs can vary from next to nothing to the" skys the limit," if you want to cook up a complex/sophisticated 21st century long term marketing plan . However, your low cost options are good , but you may work under a lower commission structure , with a better firm, to keep your startup costs down..
My firm has no out of pocket costs, like many others, but we generally start in rentals, because this is NYC and the rental market is hot. S o this is part of the answer to your question regarding the market.
Outside of NYC I would say that it would depend on which regional market that you are referring to, as some are doing better than others now. If you have any more questions , feel free to ask.
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