Hello! I am probably just an embryo in the whole real estate world with just 6 months since I got my license lol and I love it so far. I am glad to hear that you are ready to make the career change, which means you have done a lot of research in this industry. When the market crashed couple years ago, almost half of realtors all over the country have dropped their license because there was no money to be made but the other half survived by having the knowledge and working 10x as hard now. So that piece of history just shows how it can be again and made me wonder how to be a survivor. In my experience so far, I have gained a lot of knowledge just being around successful top producers that make real estate their FULL TIME career. Just by assisting them with papers, answering phone calls and going with them to show their clients houses to the point of a "smooth" closed transaction has given me a lot of respect to real estate agents. I put the word smooth in parenthesis because it's sometimes rare for a transaction to be smooth because anything can literally happen. It can be very stressful at times but the reward is so much greater. Being a realtor can also be expensive so know all your costs and due dates. Once you're licensed treat it as your own business, I see you are from California so you might have different laws than Nevada. Know the law so you don't ever get in trouble. Knowledge is power, read online or the newspaper on the real estate market daily. Most people (like me) get into real estate because you can make a lot of money, which is true BUT that is if you have certain connections or simply get lucky, then again if you want a lot of money you are going to need a lot of knowledge- I recommend teaming up with a reputable top producing broker/sales agent to teach you everything you need to know. Again, this is your business, have a game plan and DO IT! Focus on Leads Leads Leads & Best of Luck !