This is what I did when I was in Greensburg, PA. I signed up with Northwood Realty. They have an excellent training program for new agents. Unlike some companies, Northwood Realty will train new agents instead of expecting them to know what to do.
My advise to you is to interview several brokerages in the area(s) you wish to market. See what they have to offer for pre and post license training, see if they give the opportunity for leads, etc. Be wary of those places which offer a "base" pay plus commission. You will need to come in when they say, do what they say, call the people they tell you to call and you have very little room to do things on your own. Also, see what kind of splits there are with the commissions and other fees which you may see from deal which are made.
Don't sign anything until you have made a well educated choice.
Hope that helps,
Terrence Charest, e-ProÂ®
Century 21 Associates
905 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Cell (Preferred): 877.614.1494
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I should warn you that the content of those pre-licensing courses are a little dry. I considered a computer based training program too. At the time my youngest child was 3 months old and I wasn't looking forward to traveling back and forth to class and being away. But, hindsight being what it is, I'm glad I chose to take the class with other people. It made the content easier to understand and it gave me a community of new agents to bond with!
When I took the classes it was through Long and Foster. After I passed the course and sat for your licensing exam I was under no pressure to hang the license with Long & Foster. I did, however, but was in no way pressured or expected to. I was free to pursue whatever brokerage I chose.
My advise would be if you are thinking about taking the course at a particular brokerage, sit down with them first and find out what their expectations and/or demands might be before you make a decision on taking the classes through them. Interview several brokerages that offer classes. Then you can decide to take the classes there or check out a local community college. Hope this helps.