It's all about just getting started. Once you are past this step, things will fall into place. New friendships will be made and challenges shared. We would like to point out there are many stages in becoming a successful agent:
Getting your license, step #1 is the gateway to being able to begin the challenge of becoming a productive agent. It focuses on the legal aspects of the business and is intended on keeping you out of litigation.
Agency is identifying the company that you wish to hang your license. We recommend an agency that has a strong committment to an ongoing training program that helps keep agents current.
The training stage is where you actually learn how to become a productive agent. Finding someone to mentor you will both improve and speed up this stage.
The top agents are people with very strong work ethics and a true committment to education. Constantly collecting knowledge and infromation that will give them an advantage on others.
It's good to have dreams....you are on your way
Best wishes for a rewarding and enjoyable ride.
There are two parts to becoming a Realtor;
Anyone can take the classes, practice the tests and pass - voila, your licensed to sell real estate.
The Realtor part is becoming part of the National, State wide and local associations where you are called to live by a "code of ethics". This code of ethics : http://www.realtor.org/MemPolWeb.nsf/pages/COde binds a Realtor to a code of conduct including professionalism, honest dealings and representing your clients' best interests before your own.
The best doctors care for people before the money - the best Realtors care for the people before the money.
That's where the rubber meets the road.
Good Luck to you.
One last thing, the test to get your license has nothing to do with selling real estate. You'll need a great broker that offers weekly trainings on the basics of the business and current issues.
Many community colleges have the course "Real Estate Principles," this is the first class required to get your license. Or, you can go visit this school:
Chamberlin Real Estate School
1825 Winchester Blvd
Campbell, CA 95008
Once you have taken the courses required to get your license, you need to take the exam. You want to practice a whole bunch prior to taking the test (the test is state-moderated) and Chamberlin has the best books available for this (vs. online). I studied online, myself, but then I went to Chamberlin for actual exam preparation books.
You will want to then figure out the pros and cons of the different companies. The real work starts once you have your license, because the license does not teach how to write a contract!
I am a mentor realtor and coach realtors, I'm happy to chat with you about it if you have further questions.