Hi Dave...There is nothing more exciting than starting something new. Thinking about a new career though, is not only exciting but challenging. You are asking for opinions on which companies might be best for you as someone who is not yet licensed, so I hope that means that you have researched the committment required, the investment and the challenges in beginning a career in real estate. I have been in the business for a number of years and I can honestly say that I can't imagine a career that is more rewarding, both financially and personally fullfilling. Your first question regarding whether there exists a company that will pay for training towards obtaining a license is easy. The simple answer is yes there are, but truthfully the cost of a licensing course is quite inexpensive and I firmly believe that when we pay out of our pocket for any type of education, we tend to take it more seriously. Also, the cost of your course will be tax deductible if you decide to go ahead a pursue a career. Once you are licensed and affiliated with a company there are many ways to generate an income immediately. Some realtors are reluctant to spend time with rentals, however they do offer quick money, usually a matter of just days before you receive a check. You might also hook up with an experienced realtor who might need assistance with grunt work and who might be willing to give you a small weekly check to help out with paperwork (a good way to learn imputing listings,making flyers, etc.) You might also type up a list of activities that you would charge agents to take care of for them, for example: open houses, home inspections, meeting with town inspectors for c of o, etc. These types of activities might put quick money in your pocket as you are learning the business.
Some agents have answered your questions by telling you the benefits of the companies they are affiliated with, so I will as well. I was with a very well known company for many years and then two years ago I moved to Keller Williams. This was the best decision of my career. This company not only offers continuing education and agent support, but also is the only company that I know of that believes the agents come first. Keller Williams is about building careers worth having and lives worth living. As a Keller Williams agent, you have the potential to earn a great income while putting in place a lucrative retirement through passive income. Please call me so that I can tell you more about the Keller Williams opportunity and the great culture of this company!
Good luck and happy sales!!