Real estate is more than a full time job. Having a real estate license means you know some of the laws pertaining to real estate transactions. No one learns how to sell houses in real estate school. A lot of supervised experience is needed, and that takes a willingness to take classes, attend meetings, and do enough transactions to be exposed to the various ways an agent can get himself or his client sued.
Agents who want to do an occasional deal, and don't have the time to learn how to do their job correctly, are a hazard to themselves, their broker, their clients, other agents, and other agents' clients.
In this market, things happen very quickly. If you don't have your buyer make an offer on a house the first day on market, the buyer may not get the house. If you aren't able to respond to a counter offer or submit more documents to a short sale seller's lender within 24 hours, your client will lose out. They will wish they hired a full time agent, and they will tell their friends about their unhappy experience. Overcoming a bad reputation is a huge task, especially in the age of the internet.
Having an active real estate license is expensive. You need to pay membership fees in your local, state and national Realtor associations. You need to pay for access to the MLS listings, as well as an annual fee for the key that opens MLS key safes. You pay for errors and omissions insurance. Continuing education classes are mandatory and not free. You will be competing for business against agents who have gone far beyond the basics and have acquired designations indicating their expertise in various aspects of real estate sales: buyer's representatives, residential specialists, eco-friendly housing, short sales, senior citizen clients, international clients, clients who communicate primarily by social media, and on and on. All those designations have annual fees. Your brokerage will either have a monthly affiliation fee or take a transaction fee or large percentage of your commissions. You will have marketing costs when you have a listing, even if the listing doesn't sell. You will burn gasoline and printer ink, and wear out your car showing houses to buyers who may not buy. An agent needs to do a few transactions a year just to pay all his/her overhead.
Hang your license with a reputable brokerage, find an experienced agent to refer your prospects to, and collect your referral fees until you are able to give your real estate business the time it requires. Have your real estate partner keep you apprised of the difficulties and set backs he/she encounters working with your shared clients. It will be a valuable education.
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