Even though becoming a realtor may not be very easy, it can be a very rewarding challenge to conquer. This career requires someone who is self-motivated and good with people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of agents who are not aware of the things required to become a realtor.
Steps you need to take if you want to become a realtor:
Get your pre-license
The first step when you want to become a realtor is taking a course for your pre-license. When it comes to finding the right real estate school, you need to first ensure that the school is certified and that your state accepts this school.
Choose a school that has a high percentage of students who have passed their exams. Some states allow you to take this course online while others require that you attend a brick and mortar school. The best thing to do is to check what the state requires you to do.
Get your professional license application to your state
After passing your exams, send your application to your state to get your professional license. This process will differ from state to state. In order to find out the specific process, ask your school or contact the real estate commission.
After completing the required education passed all the exams and gotten your professional license, you will be given information on taking your state exam.
Taking the state test
It is important to prepare well for the state exam because you will have to pay for the test and pay again for it if you fail. The state tests are usually held by independent agencies. Ask the real estate agency or real estate committee to give you a list of independent agencies.
Applying for the first job
Now that you have a license, you can start applying for a job with different agencies. If you are hired by an agency, you will have to join multiple listing services and the board of realtors.
You will have to pay a fee every year to be a member of the board. All states do not require this but some do. Therefore, it is good to attend a seminar on what it means to be a member and a seminar on ethics.
Continuing your education
After receiving your license, the licensing committee will tell you how many hours you will require in continuing education courses. It is good to find a reputable realtor within the agency and shadow them. You also have to ensure that you attend any training the agency offers.
When you become a realtor, never put your interest before the interest of your clients. There are many agents and realtors who are money driven and only looking at the amount they will make from the transaction.
To become successful as a realtor, try to provide 100% satisfaction to all your clients. Building trust with clients takes time and not every client is looking to buy a house tomorrow.
So it’s obvious that success in the real estate industry is not overnight. Putting in the necessary time and commitment, combined with great support and education from a reputable real estate broker will make you a successful realtor.
Find a Local Real Estate Agent to Mentor You
This is the last and most critical step you can make in your journey. Finding a mentor to guide you along the way and tell you about the downfalls ahead is priceless. Someone with experience that has been there before can prove to be invaluable on many different levels. My first mentor was Ryan Dossey, who now runs Christopher Ellyn Homes out of Indianapolis, IN. Dossey does over 100 real estate transactions per year and his knowledge is vast. He specializes in the “We Buy Ugly Houses in Indianapolis Indiana” niche but also does flips, remodels, rentals, and other real estate deals.
Finding a local realtor shouldn’t be too hard. You can easily find someone by searching on Google, Facebook, and my personal favorite is LinkedIN.
Make it your priority to find a real estate mentor!