Coni J.’s Answer
Hello McKenzie R,
A degree will give you the basics of running a real estate business, but if you want to buy/sell real estate you will need additional training. Also, it depends on what KIND of real estate you will be buying and selling. Are you talking about residential or commercial? If residential, homes or 1-4 families? If commercial, apartment complexes, office buildings, hotels, strip malls etc.? Research different types of real estate and specialize (learn all you can) in one area.
My experience has been in buying and selling residential homes. My education was working in title and escrow companies, mortgage companies (and eventually owning two), commercial real estate companies, going to different seminars and reading every book on real estate (buying and holding, flipping homes, investing in mobile homes, lease options, how to be a landlord, just to name a few), to hone my skills.
Having a college degree is great, but nothing beats experience, having a mentor and learning the basics of negotiating! From my experience, common sense, having a passion for real estate, and knowing your numbers have made me successful. Good luck!