You need a market niche, work part time till you determine your comfort level In any trade you will have people who are not successful while others make money no matter what.
GOOD LUCK on your future practice.
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If real estate is your passion....your dream......any time is the right time to begin.
Flexibility is one of the real estate professions best offerings, so it entertaining is something you do on the side, it may help pay the bills until you can become an established real estate professional.....
The Eckler Team
This should not be a job only to work around your performer ambitions. Think about this as you would any other business; In addition there are a lot of expenses involved in starting in real estate: signs, RE testing, materials, continued education, broker fees, website, gas, your time, MLS, Realtor, office dues, car insurance ...
Anyway - more than anything, follow your passion. If you are passionate about real estate and will LOVE what you do everyday, by all means start NOW. If you are unsure, consider working as an assistant for a real estate pro this way you can test the water and find out if its a calling or not.
Best of luck,
Both answers below are awesome!
It's all based on performance.
If you have a full time employment and try to do real estate at the same time, it's going to be difficult.
Jes Sierra, B.Sc.
Real Estate is, first and foremost, a business. Like any small business owner, you must have PASSION for what you are doing, drive, and an entrepeneurial spirit. Real estate is less about sales than it is like any other small business startup: it takes long hours and hard work, continued education and coaching, and the will to succeed. You are your own employer. In this market, 10% of the agents are doing 90% of the business, and the other 90% of the agents, well, you can see where this is leading. The cold hard truth is that if you cannot devote 110% of your energy and passion to creating a real estate business, you probably will not succeed. It is not a career for dabblers.
Clients now, more than ever, demand high service, high quality brokering. Gone are the days of coming into the office occasionally, hoping for a transaction or two. The practice of real estate is a highly paid profession, and clients expect more professionalism and expertise than ever from their agents. And quite frankly, I believe they deserve it.
If your passion is performing, I think you should follow your heart. If you don't, then you will probably be like 50% of the agents who quit the business last year. And if you want flexibility but still want a career in real estate, work part time as an employee for one of the real estate teams in your area. Then you can find out if you love it enough to make it a career.
The Bremner Group
Regarding flexibility, that is all up to you. Just keep in mind, most of the buyers today have full time jobs. So if you don't want to do real estate on evenings or weekends you will have to focus on listings or move up buyers with lots of cash and free time. The trick is, set your schedule and stick to it. You will attract clients that fit your schedule. Dare to Dream.
Shel-lee Davis, CDPE
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