ARE YOU SICK OF PESSIMISM YET? I say - you'll do great! Welcome home!!! You'll never want to leave again. I relocated here from North Carolina via Michigan about 11 years ago, and this is definitely home now! I have found that the best advice was just to MAKE FRIENDS! I can tell by your smile that you know how to do that, and you likely have a little hint of a southern accent, which in my opinion, is a great conversation starter! One doesn't have to know anything about the strategy of real estate to have a license, so don't be intimidated by the stats - though so many people have them, they won't be your competition! You already know more than most everyone that will be in your sphere of influence. Join a church, synagogue, or community service organization... Everyone knows a realtor, but not everyone is friends with one! It is intimidating to get started, but I can tell you are a motivated individual and you'll do great out here... Also, being with a company that provides you with customized training will be key! I am part of Connect Realty, a relatively new tech based Realty company... I am loving how refreshing and progressive it is! You have to connect where you feel comfortable. I'd love to hear your story of why you came back to California. I have a gal on my team in Orange County who just moved there from Virginia... She is facing the same questions as you, I'd love to get you guys together sometime to brainstorm!