Real estate agents have one of the most flexible and high paying jobs that takes only a matter of months to break into. Because of this, it’s one of the most popular choices of careers amongst individuals looking for a change in occupation. Whether you’re interested in residential or commercial real estate, you’ll have the opportunity to work with all different kinds of people in their search for the perfect home, land or office space. Real estate agents are paid a commission, or percentage, of the sale price of each transaction which means the earning potential is limitless, allowing you to grow and succeed in your line of work. The following are a few necessary steps you need to take in order to become a real estate agent:
- Becoming a real estate agent doesn’t not require a college degree (although you must be over 18, 21 in some states, and be a high school graduate) and the training you need to receive your license can be done in person or even online. Do your research and you’ll be able to find a real estate institution that offers small or full-fledged courses that will educate you in the laws of trading real estate and issue you a license.
- The Real Estate Licensing Commission of your state will then conduct a background search in order to ensure that you are trustworthy and able to handle the large amounts of money and confidential information that you’ll be dealing with.
- Apply to different real estate agencies for a position where you are looking to work. Do as you would do with any other job search and go through their hiring process as offered. Once offered the job, aim to stay with the agency for 2-5 years in order to gain the knowledge and expertise needed to open up your own real estate agency.
- Once you’ve learned the tricks of the trade and feel comfortable with where you are and what you know, consider branching out and becoming an independent real estate agent since there is a greater earnings potential. Build up a hard working reputation and strong clientele and you’ll be on the road to success in no time. You’ll also begin to experience the rewarding satisfaction of helping people find their dream homes.