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Is this a good time to get a real estate license in Sarasota, FL?

Asked by phorwell, Sarasota, FL Tue May 14, 2013

I have been out of work (PR Pro) for awhile now and have decided to take my social security early. Watching the market bouncing back, I wonder if this is a good time to get my license. I began the process some years ago and a family situation forced me to drop out of my course quite near the end. Then the bottom dropped out of the market. I have lots of energy and know the community pretty well since I've lived downtown for about 15 years now . So waddya think?

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-It can be good and it can be bad it depends on you. make it clear we all start out about $2000 in the -hole every year. there are dues to pay lock box fee, and all of the extra things you need along the way postage, printed material, computer, you should have a smart phone. it adds up. so if your just going to get a license and not be productive you could have a bad experience. You have to be able to handle a lot of rejection. People will do some horrible things you have to be able to look the other way. it is not for everyone.

Michael Beninato
RE/MAX Alliance Group
cell: 941-479-2777
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Thanks Michael. I am used to rejection. I worked as a beat reporter for many years!
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There is never a bad time to enter the real estate profession.
Lots of professionals did very well when the Bank of America melt down occurred.
Let's be realistic. 95% of newly minted agents never see their second year anniversary. Agents keep advising these newbies to 'get more training' and decade after decade 95% leave the business believing the competition was too great.
Real estate businesses do not fail becuase of competition! They self-destruct!
"Wad I Think" you need to do is buy a cheese danish at Panera bread for a few professional in your area and ask them the important questions about the real estate business. If they chat about training or splits you are talking to one of those who are contributing to the 95% failure rate.
As a PR PRO, the secret is right up your ally. Then, you can focus on your broker selection which must be based on RESULTS.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 15, 2013
Thanks, Annette. I have always found that competition makes us work harder and better if we are any good at what we do. Makes sense that it applies to R.E. as well. I am counting on my PR and marketing background to help me. I have already started setting up some appointments to talk to locals who are out there. Thanks for your input!
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Being a real estate agent is like owning your own company, in fact agents are independent contractors not employees so you are your own company. As long as you have the interest, smarts and are willing to put in the time, money and are willing to take the risk, it is never a bad time to become licensed.

Know that it takes time and persistence to be successful. You will be competing against the best of the best in the business and most will have many years of proven experience. The weak agents are no longer in real estate. The last several years of a down market has weeded out the lesser skilled agents. Additionally, buyers and sellers are more knowledgeable than ever and demand more of their agents.

If you decide a real estate licence is in your future, I wish you the best. If you think it is a quick and easy way to make money, you might want to rethink your choices.

Five Year Winner - Five Star Award- Best in Client Satisfaction
Sarasota Home Realty
2100 Constitution Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34231

Phone: (941) 544-6763 FAX: (941) 866-7588
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 14, 2013
Thanks Brian. I have a persistent nature and have managed a business before. But I am checking out all aspects before I make the leap. I appreciate your candor.
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I agree with Michael. If you can afford the costs, schooling, set-ups, etc..Then I say go for it. The rules, systems etc. have changed in the past few years, also. They now have Real Estate classes at the new location of the Sarasota Association of Realtors at 2320 Cattleman Road...941-952-3400.

Best Wishes,
Rhonda Masotta, REALTOR
Sandals Realty
Direct: 941-504-4349
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 14, 2013
Thanks for taking the time Rhonda. I am still thinking but considering it strongly.
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Make an appointment to talk with a few real estate brokers/agencies in the area before you do anything. You will need to have money in savings because it will be awhile before you see an income. You can take the courses online or in person. I took my courses at Ed Klopfer and would recommend them. They have an office in Sarasota off of Bee Ridge. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do. Real estate is picking up.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
RE/MAX Palm Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to answer. I am in the process of making those appointments. So, thanks!
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