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Jim H, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

How do I go about learning to be a real estate agent in SF?

Asked by Jim H, San Francisco, CA Thu Oct 4, 2007

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I am sure you personally know 2 or 3 realtors. The best way to start is to meet each one for lunch or coffee and get their direct advice. It's much better than reading a few responses online.

All the best,

Oggi Kashi,
Broker Associate
Paragon Real Estate Group DRE 1844627
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 1, 2011

As others have stated the best way to get started in the business is to find a company where someone is willing to mentor you and bring you along. It is unlikely that you will hit the ground running without some serious training and help.

At our company we work very closely with those we deem worthy of our time and effort to train, slowly handing off tasks and getting in front of clients in small ways and then eventually more and more until they are ready to go on their own, bringing in new agents on deals until they are bringing in their own business, etc.... Although we choose VERY carefully who we add to our team I am always willing to talk with potential new agents to see if there is a good fit.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 27, 2010
No matter what part of the country you reside in become a Realtor you need a business plan determine what area of trade you want to specialize in then go from there.

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 22, 2010
Assuming you are not asking about getting a license to be a real estate agent.

As has been said you need to align yourself with a brokerage that has good training or mentoring. At first the relationship between you and your manager or mentor will be all important. The introduction into the community of Realtors is more important than many realize. As my mentor said "you will work with most clients once, maybe twice. You will work with the other agents over and over again".
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 22, 2010
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
First it of all you need to choose a good Real Estate office to start with once you get your license. Secondly you need to commit yourself to be very creative and focus in what is worth in this career which is network and network as location is the mantra networking is the path to really starting in this business

Gustavo Lopez
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 21, 2010
Are you looking to just get licensed or make this a career? Will you be working full time or part time? These are important questions you need to ask yourself. This is a very competetive market, and real estate is an excellent career. Just be ready for what lies ahead and make sure you choose the right broker or office. I have seen so many realtors fail, because they chose the wrong office and got frustrated.

Good Luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 14, 2007
While there's nothing wrong with any of the previous answers, as a new agent in my first year, I have a lot to add. Passing the state exam isn't going to prepare you to be a successful agent. Now that all three classes are required, you'll be a bit better prepared, but nothing in the classroom is really going to do it.

When interviewing brokers, be sure you ask about a mentoring program, and evaluate who pays for it, as well as who pays for the training they offer. Some brokerages run a bit of a numbers game, while others really select agents they want to invest in -- you want the latter! What marketing resources are available to you? Administrative support? Also, consider the content of the training. Unless you have a strong sales and relationship marketing background, be sure you get training in those areas as well. In today's market, these skills are critical.

Keller's books are great, but they might be a bit dense for someone just starting out. Read at least three books that are targeted to new agents. Place your order on Amazon if you like, but not until you go to Stacey's (on Market near New Montgomery) and thumb through their excellent selection of real estate books.

Also, unless you're one of those amazingly self-motivated people (and hats off to you if you are!), I think a coach is a great idea. It may seem expensive at first, but it's an investment in your career and life that pays back in focus, motivation, and achievement. At a minimum, find a peer accountability partner.

I'd be very happy to take you to coffee and talk to you about my experiences. Feel free to contact me.

Good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 14, 2007
As others have said get your license and the DRE web site tells you what you need. Depending on how quickly you want to start will answer your question about where to get the training to pass the test. City College or Kaplan's web based would be the two extremes.
A bit of advice - read Gary Keller's book "Millionaire Real Estate Agent". He has done the best work of survaying all the best agents in the country and written a book that distills the best practices into one good referance book. With out doing a full synopsis of the book the first part, up to hiring an assistant is going to be the most pertinent to your situation.
If you want additional feed back on the brokerages in SF I'd be glad to share my opinion.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2007
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Here are some good websites for info: http://www.dre.ca.gov (CA Dept of RE), also http://www.car.org (CA Assoc. of REALTORS). Classes are available online as well as at many community colleges. You'll need to complete 3 college level courses thru one of these sources to actually get your license.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2007
Hi Jordan. Real estate licenses are issued by the state and once you have obtained your license you can be an agent anywhere in the state of California. You can go to the Department of Real Estate's website or visit a real estate school's website to find out about educational requirements. Depending on your background, you may qualify to test for the broker's license. If you don't qualify for a broker's license, you'll take the sales associate test and you'll have to hang your license with a brokerage. I would recommend that you interview with several brokerages and pick one that has excellent training programs. Some companies will also provide licensing training, but what's really important is that they have ongoing training for the agents who already have their license. There's a lot to know and we never stop learning. Working for a brokerage that offers ongoing training makes staying on top of things so much easier. Good luck to you.
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