My advice - find a great Realtor to work for as an assistant. You won't make much money the first year or two anyway. Especially at your age. Would you want to trust a 20 year old with no real estate experience with half a million bucks?
A good realtor will teach you how to attract and retain clients. You get instant credibility when working with a top agent. In a couple of years, you are still young, but have industry experience, confidence and knowledge on your side. Learn how to create and market to a database of clients. Learn how to put together a winning listing presentation. Learn how to market a property. Then strike out on your own and be part of the 20% that makes 80% of the money.
Finding the right agent is the key. I would talk to professionals that work with a lot of agents. Escrow agents and title reps know which agents do a good business and are good to work with and which agents to avoid. They may also know of agents that could use a little help.
Best wishes to you.
Getting a real estate license is easy. Take the three required DRE courses and sign up to take the test. What is difficult is finding buyers, sellers and marketing yourself successfully. Everything an agent do takes time and in this business you can spend every minute of everyday doing something for somebody. Most of it is for no pay. That is why 70% drop out of this business after the first year. The average income for real estate agent is about $23,000. Sorry I have to give you all these facts. However is you love to help people(I do) go for it.
Prudential California Realty
You will need to take a course first for your real estate license... there are many ways to do this... at a college... on-line... by a book at home or a local real estate school... Depending on your study habits and what works for you financially.
I like the hands on classroom.... cost more but in my opinion it is worth it... I would recommend Kaplan... here is a link: http://www.kaplanprofessionalschools.com/california/real-estate/
After you pass your 45 hrs, then I would recommend sitting for a prep exam before taking the state exam. After you have done your prep course and your state exam and find out you passed, then you will need to find a good real estate company to work for.
The company you choose will be very important. If you have goals to do this as your career and not just sell a house every now and then or for your own personal use, then I would highly recommend a national franchise company. In my opinion crucial element in deciding on the right office are: training they offer, how well are they keeping up with today's, technology, do they have good management support staff and there is more!
If you would like to discuss further, feel free to call me at 858-565-7777. I would be happy to help someone that is just getting started... there is more than just get a license and sell a house!
I hope this helps. Good luck, Denise Gleavey