I agree with what Carl suggested and that's to start working with a successful team or broker.
While many firms offer training, Iâ€™m not sure if they offer real mentorships. From my experience, best way to get mentored is to work side by side with a seasoned broker who has business. You will find that many veteran agents who have in the business for a very long time rely mostly on referral business. Because you are new, find someone who actively markets and doesnâ€™t sit back waiting for a referral. Find someone who will take you on listing appointments not just expect you to go out and find business on your own.
Training is a funny subject and I say this because after your formal training you are left with a million questions. Thatâ€™s normal and hopefully your colleagues and management will step up to help out when in need.
When you interview with firms and teams or both, in addition to training ask if you get any marketing dollars and what type of fees you will need to pay. You may or may not need to pay to advertise on top real estate search sites, some firms feed listings automatically. You will need money for flyers, brochures, postcards, business cards, professional photo of yourself, biography, etcâ€¦
One thing I learned and I learned it late in the game. I wish that I had all of my systems in place before ever starting. Social Media, Website, Presentation package both for sellers and buyers, business plan, CRM software. You will save time; money and energy if you have this set up from the get go.
Iâ€™m going to leave you with one thing, and this one thing will make you or break you. Follow up is ***Key***. You canâ€™t imagine how easy it is to lose a deal or a customer when you donâ€™t follow up.
Good luck and let us know which firm you end up working with.
Interview the brokers at a number of different agencies. And ask those specific questions: "What sort of training do you provide new agents?" "Do you have a formal mentorship program?" And so on.
Very often, you'll find companies that answer affirmatively tend to be some of the larger agencies in the market. You'll also often find that the agencies that offer 100% commissions to their agents tend not to offer such training or support. Those aren't hard-and-fast rules but are probably true more often than not. So, start with some large companies in your area. And as a side note, recognize that some well-known seemingly national companies are really just franchises. There's nothing wrong with that, but the point is that the real company you'll be dealing with, in those cases, is primarily that one franchise, not the entire corporate structure.
Hope that helps.