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Mia Merritt, Other/Just Looking in Talladega, AL

how do i get started being an agent?

Asked by Mia Merritt, Talladega, AL Mon Oct 15, 2007

I want to be a real estate salesperson. I have lived and still live in Talladega, Alabama all my life. I have earned an associate degree in computerized information processing and am interested in continuing my education and career in the real estate. How do I get started?

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Your first step is to go to Real Estate school. You should be able to do a search and find ones in your area. There are required courses you must take before you take your real estate license exam and then apply for it. Make sure you have some money in reserves or another stream of income as the start up costs add up. Your next step should be to choose a broker to affiliate. I interviewed 5 or 6 different ones in my area. This is one of the most important decisions you will make. As a new agent, the most important decision making criteria should be the broker's training program. I must say that I've never seen a training program like Keller Williams. It is phenomenal for new agents. I would suggest you pick up a copy of the Millionaire Real Estate Agent (by Gary Keller) at your local bookstore and read it regardless of whether you go with Keller Williams or not. Keller Williams is a great company on so many levels though. It gives back to the agents through profit sharing (I could not find any other company that does this) that allows you to earn passive income for your life and beyond (even if you hang up your license). That comes out of the broker's profit! It offers a decent split for new agents. There are always opportunities for continued growth in the company no matter your level. And even more, if you hit a certain cap in commissions to the broker, no matter what your commission split, you then receive 100% of the commissions until your anniversary. Each year it starts over and once you cap you stop paying the split to the broker. I do not know any other company that offers this, especially to a new agent (if they work hard, of course), but the crazy thing is that it is possible. They give you the tools to help you be successful. The rest is up to you! If you have any other questions about the process of getting started or Keller Williams, let me know! I'd love to answer any of your questions! My contact info is on my website.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 15, 2007
I took my Classes online and have been a REALTOR for 6 months. However I have been in the Mortgage field for over 12 years so the online course did the trick for me was done with everything in a little over a week. in my option the online coarse is for people who have been around Real Estate or who feel they are fast learners if you need someone to hold your hand so to say then take the class course or you could be taking the test a couple of times. Give me a call at 205-338-5555 if you have any other questions I live and work in Talladega county (EASTABOGA)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 5, 2008
Mia, I am just curious if you found the answer to your question. I cover the Lincoln,Pell City and Talladega area and would love to help you and talk to you. Feel free to call me at 205-739-8466 or email me remaxlakeliving@yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 1, 2008
Hi Mia,

I'm curious, did you take the first steps towards becoming a real estate salesperson? Your education will serve you well, since most real estae information is distributed by MLS databases and websites like Trulia and Realtor.com. Let me know if you need any personal advice. I'd be happy to know that you are following your dream and becoming successful in the real estate business!

Dan in Fairhope, AL 36532
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2008
Hi Mia, I suggest you contact the local Realtor association for advice. good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2007
Hi Mia..Check out http://www.yellowpages.com for real estate brokers in Talledega. See the link I included below. Call a couple of brokers and inquire about the local availability of the Alabama Real Estate Salesperson Course. This requires 60 hours of course work and a minimum of 8 weeks to complete. It is followed by an examination, which you must pass in order to receive a real estate salespersons license. The coursework can be taken online, but there are benefits to a course that includes classroom training. You will meet other local people who also plan to work in real estate. Before you sign up for the course, It would also be helpful for you to meet some local Realtors and talk to them about the market in your area and if they are looking for new agents. Good luck, Dan
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2007
If you contact the local Department of Real Estate, they should be able to help you with your questions.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 16, 2007
Great advice below! You might want to stop at a few open houses and see if you can meet a few agents (maybe research and find ones who seem to have been around a while with open houses in the paper frequently?) - he/she may or may not have time to talk much with you there but you can set up a time to meet again if not. I also suggest interviewing a few branch managers at local brokerages to discuss the issue. It's a fun career, never boring (to me) and something new to learn and do almost every day. But it has to be the right fit for you! Good luck on your research!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 15, 2007
Hi Mia. I would speak to a few real estate agents and find out what they have to say. If someone thinking about getting into the field were to call me I'd be happy to sit down with them to share what I know.

I would also talk to a career counselor at a college or real estate school. Many times they have very good tips and they can help you decide if the real estate field is the right choice for you.

I would definitely prefer talking to people as opposed to reading books about real estate. Once you have decided to take the plunge, just take all the required courses and take the test.

When you look for a brokerage, make sure they offer ongoing training for free to new as well as seasoned agents. Ask about their mentoring program and what's entailed. Ongoing education is not only important for new agents, but we all have to continue to learn as things constantly change. I am not sure why Dena was given the thumbs down for suggesting Keller Williams. I agree that the Millionaire Real Estate Agent book is a must read for any real estate agent no matter which company you choose. KW just makes it easier to follow the model as everything is built on what's in the book. Wishing you the best of luck.
Web Reference: http://www.theMLShub.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 15, 2007
Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in New Castle, DE
The first step is to go to Barnes and Nobles and look at every book they have on Real Estate. This gives you a good overview of the industry.

The next thing is to look at your lifestyle...can you handle not having income for a few months at a time when now starting off? These are the questions to ask yourself before you talk to anyone.
Web Reference: http://www.iansellsnola.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 15, 2007
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