is now a good time to start a real estate career ?

Asked by Jorge De La Nuez, Merced, CA Mon Jan 19, 2009

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Luis Cano, Agent, Monterey, CA
Mon Jan 19, 2009
Hello Jorge, It is never the perfect time to do anything. you just do it.
getting into real estate is like having a baby are never ready.
If you are thinking about getting into real estate.. I would like to recommend to buy and read "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent" By Gary Keller. founder of Keller Williams. It will teach you everything that you need to know about Real Estate. Talk to real estate agents and ask them about their experiences and what it takes to be successful in the business. It is not as easy as it looks. It is doable though...

Good Luck.

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Annabelle A.…, , Chicago, IL
Tue Jan 20, 2009
I have completed two designation courses (e-Pro and CSP, Certified Short Sale Professional) during the past 4 months. Now is the time to become educated and prepare yourself for when market conditions will begin to recover. If you weather the challenges now, you will have much more credibility and respect in the future as a serious professional.

Best Regards,
Annabelle A. Lee, e-PRO
Certified Short Sale Professional
Sudler Sotheby's International Realty
919 N. Michigan Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 404-5458
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Tue Jan 20, 2009

This is as good a time as any to toss your hat into the ring. Our advice for an new agent is to remain committed to education and training and look for an agency that would support you working with a mentor(s).

Good luck
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Ralph Windsc…, Agent, Hauppauge, NY
Tue Jan 20, 2009
Jorge, There are three things that all humans need: food, shelter and clothing. As long as there are houses, people will be buying and selling them. My advice: find a good broker to sponsor you that will give you the training and support you need and go for it. You will not make money right away. But, if you have a business plan, stick to it every day, you'll be fine. Good luck.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Wed Sep 9, 2009
Is now the time? Are you thinking about giving real estate a try?

Kathleen has provided the best guidance. When you choose to become your own CEO the factor that determines success or failure is COMMITTMENT! Doing whatever it takes to succeed! Commit to getting the education, working, developing the business plan, working, adjusting the businesss plan, working, implementing the marketing, working, measuring the results, working, analyzing the buyer, working, analyzing the seller, working, knowing your market and not being afraid to do a little work.

If you are thinking about trying real your money...but if you see the goal and can commit ...then there has rarely been a better time. As your successes multiply you can delegate the above redundancies.
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Justin Waywo…, , Oceanside, CA
Mon Sep 7, 2009
Regardless of when you enter the business only a small percentage of new people survive. In most cases, the problem is they are use to somebody telling them what to do at their regular jobs but nobody does that when you are an independent contractor. So these beginners wait for something good to happen but it takes a lot more than just waiting. It is a very simple businees but it is not easy. The trick is to identify a group of people and convince them to work with you. there are 3 good books for your situation. two of them have been around for a while and the third one is the most current and actually fun to read. The old reliable ones include Dirk Zeller's Your First Year in RE and the other is Keller's book, Millionaire Real Estae Agent. The problem with both of them is they assume you want to be a superstar and they are a bit drab. I think the best book is by Thyfault. You can get it at It has lots of true stories and it covers more topics. it is well worth the modest cost. Good Luck
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David, , Saint Louis County, MO
Fri Jan 30, 2009
Luis Cano has good perspective! He's right about making decisions based on what the "best, perfect, or even good" timing is. We never know until later if we timed things right. You should make educated decisions though. Do your research, read books and keep up on the economic news. You'll get a feel for where the real estate market might be going and you can make your decision partly based on what you learn. But if you want to get into this business you need to take heed to what Kathleen Shaffer wrote in reply to your question... This isn't just a job you're considering, it's a business.

That said, I'll tell you what I think about the timing... I believe that the time for smart, forward thinking people to "get ready" to pursue a career in real estate. We do a lot of research on economic trends and how they affect the housing market and recently we've seen more and more indications that this housing market is turning around. You can read more about the specifics on our "Good Real Estate News" blog. I'll post the address as a Web Reference so you can take a look.

Whatever you decide I wish you the best, Jorge!

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Kathleen Sha…, Agent, Gilroy, CA
Tue Jan 20, 2009
Ask the real it a good time to start your own business?
That is what you are doing. You need capital to carry you over the lean times, knowledge, proper training but most importantly knowing that this is YOUR business. You do not work for the broker, you work for yourself.
Make sure you have an exit plan if things do not go your way.
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