You can always expand outward once you get established.
I am only 17 miles from the city, but, imo, that would really be a challenge due to the distance.
Are you going to rely on your sphere of influence? Are you going to pay for leads via Truila or elsewhere? Are you going to build/promote a website?
There's about $2,000 worth of costs to get up and running where I am. That's not a lot when compared to such thing as getting a 4-year degree from a major university, but you have to pay it upfront in cash and then hope you can earn some business.
Also, I'm very much not being a buzzkill here. I love real estate and get depressed just thinking about having to do something else. That being said, you HAVE to have a solid plan for attracting business BEFORE you get started. Even if that plan is simply to team up with an established agent you might know to work for them as a buyer's agent working leads for them that come in off their listings signs and then split the deals when they close.
If you live and work in NJ it might be best to start with your NJ license. If your circle of friends, family and co-workers are in NJ also, you'll probably have a chance at more leads.
Coldwell Banker is a great company to work for. They offer their agents a lot of resources and support at no additional cost to the agents. They also offer a great training program and offer many continuing ed courses and some for free.
If you would be interested in learning more please contact me. You could possibly get a discount for the licensing course.
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I believe it is pretty easy to get your license in NY once you have one in NJ.
My Keller Williams office in Clifton offers discounts for the school.
We have great training and support for new agents
I started at Weichert and they have a good fast track program but and you could get a good mentor too but later realized Keller Williams takes care of their agents better and has better on going training, process and systems. That is why Keller Williams is voted top 9 places to work for and now the largest Real estate company in North America.
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