Having worked for mobile home dealers for years and years and then doing the same thing, (with a Realtor license) selling mobile homes in parks, a Supra is super valuable!
Take the plunge (as I did). Lots of money but you also get a lot of free training and much, much more. On the other hand, since you say real estate is your part time business, maybe you could find a local Realtor who would accompany you on a showing, for you to pay part of that Realtors expenses. Unless you are at the foodbank, NOBODY "eats" for free :-)'
You have some very good answers. It sounds to me as though you need a little more information regarding practicing real estate. I suggest talking with an established broker to find out their recommendations, in particular regarding Errors and Omissions Insurance.
There is a lot more to be concerned about than a Supra Key.
If you need a referral contact via my Trulia profile.
You should hang your liscense somewhere. If you are a broker than if you don't hang your license you should get E&O insurance. In order to get a SUPRA key you generally need to belong to a board.
Keller Williams Wilshire
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
BRE Lic #01456982
Another option you have as an agent who does not want to pay the hefty fees to be a Realtor is placing your license under a real estate referral company. Take a look at http:///www.ParkPlaceNetwork.com for a company that pays back top dollar on your referrals.
"I'm not just a member, I'm... well... I'm a member" so I know it's a great association ;D
(All of my agents are members and my family members are also members of this association.)
On a side note, if you have a valid license and are doing real estate as a second job just give me a call. I am well experienced with broker referrals (aka sending you cash for your referrals) and I would take great care of any clients you wanted to refer to me (treating them how I would want to be treated).
Golden Land Investments & Financial, Inc.