Is it normal for an Los Angels agent to be in the industry for a few months before they start to make any money?

Asked by Ronald, Los Angeles, CA Mon Aug 5, 2013

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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Tue Aug 6, 2013
I'm unclear as to whether you're asking.... "is it normal for the agent to be making money that fast"... or "is it normal for it take so long".

Regardless of what community they're in... a new agent should anticipate not making any money at all, for the first full year. If they manage to sell (or rent) a property or two, it will likely be needed to reinvest any money right back into their business.

It's not unheard of for an agent to have a sale as quickly as a few months... but it's also not uncommon for it to take months and months before they see a dime.
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Mon Aug 5, 2013
It's normal for agents everywhere to be in the business a few months before they start to make money - unless they have a mentor who is training them and co-oping deals with them to help them learn.

Just getting up to speed on processes takes some time, which is why it is helpful to get set up with a firm and line up training before you get your license so you can hit the ground running.
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