Hi Carlos, first congrats!!!!
Then, your RE dream has a business plan? Do you want to be specialized in investment properties? Is it commercial? multi unit family? single family, tear down, build new one and sell?
There are many fields in real estate business, some agent do anything, some are specialist about certain field and location. For example in Manhattan, being specialist for condo rental of skyscrapers is one option, some specialist for hotels, in Beverly Hills luxury real estate may be an option.
Also real estate has cycles, in USA, about every 7-8-10 years. Now the prices are really that high, time to give break from investing??? In normal market annually about 500,000 properties are distressed. When it crashed the number was 2.7 million. now dropped to 1.7 million, plus hidden properties. Yes prices are getting higher, in some location maybe it's time to give a break and watch, but in some locations more properties are coming to the market, maybe some banks will release more properties to the market, some properties don't need short sale anymore, so inventory may be will increase in short run, and then may adjust prices, at least maybe no crazy bid wars. FED said they will keep interest rate low until summer 2015. And if we take the date as 2007 jan +8 years = 2015 probably another year for real estate market go down. 2 years later, I believe market will be better than today.
Meanwhile investor means individuals relatively in small scales, investors as companies buying serious big bulk (hundreds of properties at a time or with billions at a time), there are many foreign investment companies, last year foreigners invested 82 billion dollars in US, this year, it seems like this number will be bigger. So, people who were not thinking of selling maybe they will sell when they see the prices are going up.
Also please remember about 77million baby boomers. some of them living in cold north states and waiting to be able to sell their home to move south states, statistics say big numbers. How many of the actually will do, or can do, I don't know, but all these factors will dramatically effect the near future of the real estate market.
So, as summary, first get your license, and 2nd, find a right real estate company to work for. Generally big companies have more education and sources, especially important for new agents. It's better to talk few companies and compare what they offer. It's critical which company you are work in. 3rd step, make a decision which field you want to specialized or be general agent? You can always change your mind, but starting somewhere, talking agents that already successful and learn from their experience, what is the real deal. Make a written min 5 year business plan, you need real life education, marketing, network, client database, .... it's more detailed that you think now. But please keep excitement high, because it's great business, it's not that easy, but not that difficult either. Just think that for babies it's impossible to walk, when they learn once, watch them how they run :-)) where you want to be won't be over night, be realistic, it takes about 1-2 years. but every day, you will have progress. Keep successful people around you. good luck for you. I'm working in Beverly Hills, Coldwell Banker, our branch sold 1.7 billion dolar worth real estate last year, number 1 in the world, if you want more info ,
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