Remember that classes just teach you the basics, the rules and regulations, which gives you an idea of how things work in the real estate industry. But for real experience and really understand how a career in real estate will be like, you should apply for an internship with a real estate brokerage or perhaps ask a realtor you admire for the opportunity to become their assistant for a bit. Nothing is better than real-life experience!
When you're looking for an office to work for there's one thing that I wish I had known: You're interviewing them, not the other way around. Ask what they provide for you!
Getting the real estate, unfortunately, for the full time, career, Realtors, is quite easy - that's why we have a lot of Realtors out there with a license.....
I went to California Department of Real Estate website, looked up what courses are necessary, decided the topics which interested me the most and used the online school http://www.Allliedschools.com for the courses, and received my real estate liscense that way. So, that's the easy part.
However, the difficult part is how you can really learn about real estate, the career, and how to be successful as a Realtor. This is what you should really concentrate on.
While I was waiting for my license to show up, I went and interviewed with a few most reputable companies in Marin. My goal is to find the best company with the best reputation whch offers the best training programs and support for me.
My company, Frank Howard Allen Realtors, http://www.FHALLEN.com, did just that. We have great in house training programs which taught and continues to teach me about contacts, legal issues, marketing, lead generation, presentation, ..etc, everything that helps me to be successful. On top of that, we have very supportive office, manager and Realtors who are all eager to talk to young Realtors. This gave me a great start in my career..... O.K. I can go on and on, but that's the nutshell.
Keller Williams Realty
Good luck to you. Real estate is a wonderful career.
2007 President, North San Diego County Women's Council of Realtors
I've done both. Personally, I prefer the self-paced online courses (I like to go quickly). And there is help when you take online classes (you could ask questions here!) but, not necessarily at the exact moment you need it. Plus classroom interaction can be helpful, not to mention fun. It really depends on your learning style. When you become licensed, no one will know or care if you took your classes online or in person as long as your certification is done by a well respected school. Call several "Brokers of Record" at the top companies in your area and ask which school they recommend. Best of luck!