YAHOO!!!1 You've passed the real estate exam.
That was the easy part.
Jill, what type of real estate business did you have in mind when you plunked down your $1,000 to take the course?
Did you have visions inspired by late night TV shows stating you can sweep money off the sidewalks and get rich in real estate?
Do you have boisterous friends making money in real estate investing and you thought that a good direction for you?
Do you enjoy looking at other people homes and thought real estate to be a natural fit for you?
Have you chatted with other agents and understand what really happens in this business?
Do you envision a 'no touch' real estate business?
Are you connected with vertical markets that insure you stay out of the agent malarkey?
Have you assessed the resources and skills and contacts with which you have to work?
Did you have the opportunity to determine the type of Genius you are?
With that information, you can through the interviewing process, identify the brokerage most suitable to tailor a real estate business PERFECT for you.
But, it is most likely you have done none of those things. There will be nothing to distinguish you from all the other 'smiley faces' in the real estate agent sea. You are destined to conform to whatever program the brokerage is teaching fish that year. Albert is credited with saying something similar to, "If you try to teach a fish to climb a tree, you will spend your entire live thinking fish are stupid." Nearly 90% of newbie fish fail to see their 2nd year anniversary. .
If you are indeed starting from ground zero, no preparation, then you must focus on the response you receive when you ask these brokers the one and only question of any concern to you.
They are all going to sell you their 'Fishes climbing trees' train'n but you hopefully will know better.
The only question you should ask is, "What is the average number of annual transactions per agent in this office?" You'll need to invest time in reading my blogs (7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Into Real Estate - #1 dated Feb 10, 2014) to understand why, this is the ONLY thing relevant to your situation.
Brokers do not believe the dismal success rate has anything to do with their action. They will explain they just can not find any smart fishes.
And other agents will be quick to throw you under the bus by complaining the bar is too low regarding entry into this business.
Start with a plan.
Associate with those who meet their goals.
Results/Success speaks without saying a word.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor, FL