Having no idea of what your current wages are it is difficult to give specific advice.
If you are sub $50k, you may be able to quit your current position now and join a real estate brokerage as an assistant. The advantage is that you will learn a lot of the back end work required to be a successful real estate professional.
If your wages exceed this, than you may have to search for an agency to allow part time and train you. Realize this option will probably net you very little money your first year or two.
Good luck - it's a great industry, a lot of fun, and has a lot of great people in it!
Yes, one of the great things about being a real estate agent is making your own hours! I have a two year old and a 1 month old, I am able to work and maintain my family without a nanny. I would recommend working with a Broker that has the time to help you if needed. The broker I work under has been licensed for 25 years and has over 32 years of experience, he is always available to help me with questions or with my clients. I wish you the best of luck!
If you haven't started a course yet, I can get you a discount through Keller Williams. After you get your license then there is more training to teach you how to DO real estate. However, everything is customized for your needs.
I choose Keller Williams because it offered more education than the other companies. Also, they offer 70%/30% commission split. Then they have a cap of around $30,000, and after you meet that cap you get 100% commission. Whereas, other companies are always 50/50.
If you would like more information, let me know. You'll wonder why you didn't start sooner!
you do not mention what trade you are in now but the realities of our business are that you need to be accessible at all business hours even if just by phone. real estate clients keep wacky hours and you need to accommodate that. if the nature or your current employment means you have a complete inability to respond to the various calls/emails and texts that come through in a day you will be wasting everyone's time. if you are able to pull away regularly during the day to return calls and take care of business then no one needs to know you are between deliveries or driving between appointments. the new technologies are such that if you are able no one need know you are away from your office...all they know is that you were available or quick to respond.
as a practical matter the business has changed radically in the last decade and some of the old horses are struggling with the new realities...and trying to find what works in the new age of easy connectibility and instant info delivery. with the exception of a better developed network you are at less of a disadvantage now than ever before.
the costs to be in the trade can be minimized by being someones licensed assistant for a while until you get to the point where you are able to stand alone.
The San Marcos Hwy 78 corridor is a good area. If you were to start part time you would need to develop a marketing plan among your sphere of influence (friends, family, associates) to keep them aware of the fact that you are in the business and would appreciate them referring you to people that they know who may be interested in buying or selling.
I am currently working with my agents to help them develop such a plan. However it only works if you work at it. Real estate is a challenging industry but the rewards can be very good for someone who puts the effort into developing their business.
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