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How you get started in real estate after high school?

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Amy’s Answer

I would work as an assistant to a realtor. I sold real estate when I was 21 and no one tells you how much of your own $$ you have to invest to become a realtor. Be prepared to have at least $5,000 of your own money on hand. Ask a realtor if you can shadow them for a day. Interview a bunch of them to understand the good, the bad and the ugly parts of the industry. Go work in the office of a real estate company. I did that in high school as a receptionist. I had access to a lot of knowledge.

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Meghan’s Answer

You start off by taking the classes. You can do this online or in person. In person classes are a bit pricier.

If you want to get a foot in the door and make a little money while you work on your classes I suggest looking into runner positions. Most high producing teams hire people by the hour to run signs, documents, closing gifts and more to various locations.

You could also look into becoming a team admin or transaction coordinator. You could work with a team and begin to learn the ropes while you finish classes.

All of these options are great ways for you to get started networking with agents and building a foundation for your future career. I would suggest you take some time to research all of the jobs surrounding a real estate agent and see if one calls out to you.

I would also do some research into brokerages. The systems and processes that each brokerage uses will be different. Try to decide on a brokerage that you would like to work in as an agent. Once you do that, it would be very strategic and useful to work at other real estate related jobs within your future brokerage. If you learn the systems of a brokerage and bring that to another brokerage as experience, it won’t have much of an impact. However, staying within the same brokerage and being proficient in their systems, business model, CRM, and more will go a very long way in interviews.

Just working within the field of real estate can help you to be better prepared for success in your first years. Find something you can do in the mean time and just make sure it’s at the right place for you. In my opinion, that’s the best way to get started in real estate. Grow within!

I hope this helps! Best of luck!!

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Lanique, I would be curious to know how you became interested in real estate? It’s a difficult industry, with a lot of competition. I will do some research and talk to local realtors. If you decide it’s something that you want to pursue. You can get your license in a matter of weeks. I believe the cost would be in the 700 range. be prepared to make lots of phone calls and connections. Real estate is about relationships! It’s not easy but can be very rewarding! All the best to you!

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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Lanique! There are classes you can take to get your license. If there is a real estate company you are interested in working for, you can call them and ask if they have any licensing programs. If not, they can direct you to the appropriate place to do so.

Thank you so much! Lanique A.

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Christopher’s Answer

Hello Lanique,

I would recommend checking your local community college to see if they not only offer real estate classes but if you can get a license from them as well. Some of the professors can even have worked in the real estate business prior to teaching so they may give you some advice or even better: connect you to agents they may know.

At my community college they did offer a real estate license and so my brother got his from there. He did not have to take any other classes at the college, he just had to take the real estate classes. It took about 3-4 semesters total but I am not sure if that is the average. Once you get your license you should absolutely chaperone a agent to see how they operate. I heard many people are agents as a side job and not their full-time job but if that is your passion you are free to go all the way.