I've really, really enjoyed doing the research around buying my own home this spring. I'm thinking about

Asked by Alyssa Bittner-gibbs, Allston, MA Wed Mar 19, 2008

getting my realtor's license and becoming a buyer's agent (not to do this full time and not within the next year). Searching the net, seems to yield shady websites. How does one get started in the field?

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Robert Byrne, , 02118
Fri Mar 21, 2008
Want to test drive a career in real estate? Here is a link to do just that: http://www.recrs.com/beta/prospect/requestaccount.aspx?rcid=…
There is no cost or obligation and it will give you a report on you skills and how they matchup with top real estate sales people from around the country.
If you are interested in pre license course go to: http://www.commonlicenses.com/ .
I have been in the business for twenty years as and agent and broker. I currently am the Director of training for one of the largest real estate companies in Massachusetts, CENTURY 21 Commonwealth. You can see or training at http://www.commonwealthu.com. If you want to talk email my your contact information via the commonwealthu website under contact us page.
All the Best,
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Hi, , Virginia
Fri Mar 21, 2008
First, you need your code of ethics book. Then you need to practice adding and subtracting, a little bit of multifplication, then take the test. There is a small fee, and wha-la your a licensed realtor. pretty exciting huh.

yes, take your own advice, don't quit your real job.

try this part time

you never know

you could sell big time


good luck
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Erica Burns, , Greenfield, MA
Thu Mar 20, 2008
I'm currently an agent working part-time, and have been since 2006. You will need to take 24 hours of classroom time in order to take your exam. try the nearest realtor association for taking the class. I took mine at UMass Amherst through continuing ed. There are also agencies that offer the real estate course. One out my way is with Century 21, but you'd have to inquire at each office if they offer that.

after you pass the exam you can opt to recieve letters from agencies seeking new agents or you hunt yourself. You might find that a smaller brokerage would be willing to be more flexible with how you work (buying v. selling) but not necesarily. You just have to talk with brokers and see which office is the right fit for you.
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Jon Ernest, , Brookline, MA
Thu Mar 20, 2008
You are going to need the required 24 class hours, I took mine at the Lee Institute in Brookline. Odds are you'll get Leon, crazy old guy (once you do some continuing education you'll find they're all the same jokes) very funny and informative, great at his job, I did my 24 hours in one weekend and it flew by.

From there study and pass the test (study.... like for real. Too many people fail it their first time, and it's not that hard of a test), get your license, then find a broker to hang your license with.
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Michael Giles, Agent, Beverly, MA
Wed Mar 19, 2008
Hi Alyssa,
I've only been in the business for three years. You are right, the fun part is researching and viewing homes. The tough part is understanding that you are running a business. You need to generate leads, budget, and network. Keep in mind that if you do all of these well you need to juggle them between showings, inspections, consultations and hopefuly closings. I'm not trying to scare you I just want you to know that this is not a part time job. This is a great business to be in regardless of the market. If you would like to talk more to get a better idea of what to expect early on and what steps to take to help you get going contact me and I will be happy to help.
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Mikem, , 01803
Wed Mar 19, 2008
Not sure what state ou are in, and may very well vary by state, but as a basic idea.
Take a course, 24 hours total, take an exam, get your real estate sales person license. Find a company that will take you (as a sales person you cannot work for yourself, only for a broker) not sure how well your search will go if you aren't looking to work in the industry for the next year, but I am sure you can find some broker that will take you.
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