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There is no cost or obligation and it will give you a report on you skills and how they matchup with top real estate sales people from around the country.
If you are interested in pre license course go to: http://www.commonlicenses.com/ .
I have been in the business for twenty years as and agent and broker. I currently am the Director of training for one of the largest real estate companies in Massachusetts, CENTURY 21 Commonwealth. You can see or training at http://www.commonwealthu.com. If you want to talk email my your contact information via the commonwealthu website under contact us page.
All the Best,
yes, take your own advice, don't quit your real job.
try this part time
you never know
you could sell big time
after you pass the exam you can opt to recieve letters from agencies seeking new agents or you hunt yourself. You might find that a smaller brokerage would be willing to be more flexible with how you work (buying v. selling) but not necesarily. You just have to talk with brokers and see which office is the right fit for you.
From there study and pass the test (study.... like for real. Too many people fail it their first time, and it's not that hard of a test), get your license, then find a broker to hang your license with.
I've only been in the business for three years. You are right, the fun part is researching and viewing homes. The tough part is understanding that you are running a business. You need to generate leads, budget, and network. Keep in mind that if you do all of these well you need to juggle them between showings, inspections, consultations and hopefuly closings. I'm not trying to scare you I just want you to know that this is not a part time job. This is a great business to be in regardless of the market. If you would like to talk more to get a better idea of what to expect early on and what steps to take to help you get going contact me and I will be happy to help.
Take a course, 24 hours total, take an exam, get your real estate sales person license. Find a company that will take you (as a sales person you cannot work for yourself, only for a broker) not sure how well your search will go if you aren't looking to work in the industry for the next year, but I am sure you can find some broker that will take you.