The toughest times could be behind us(for now) in real estate; or not. It's cyclical and I do think your timing of entering full time would be more crucial than getting started part time. Having said that, if you have connections, particular knowledge(commercial leasing, apartment locating, new home consturction,etc), or a niche area you can focus on based on your experiences and that particular area of real estate is performing well then you could do well no matter if single family home sales are up or down. For pondering your decision try preparing a business plan, how many sales you need to make to make it worthwhile, time involved, and education. Set long term and short term goals. Find a solid broker who can help you get off on the right foot. I would only add, why go into this venture half hearted, be prepared be focused. Best of luck to you!