Coni J.’s Answer
I didn't choose real estate...it chose me! I attended a seminar about buying a home with no money down and I caught the bug to learn more. I was in the car business at the time and found similarities in both industries. However, with real estate, EVERYONE needs a place to stay, but not everyone needs a car! I fell in love with the business and became voracious in learning all I could about EVERYTHING!
I started in the mortgage industry as a loan processor and then a loan officer. Learned all I could about the different financing options being offer by lenders and then open an investment company. My speciality was Lease Options where I controlled the property and didn't actually finance it. I would then find a tenant to lease the property for one year, help them clean up their credit, and then help them with financing at the end of the year through my company.
I helped so many people realize the dream of homeownership especially when they had no clue on how to get started. One of my greatest accomplishments.
For you, there are so many ways you can assist someone in purchasing a home and not just as a Realtor. I would suggest researching and learning as much as you can about the industry and all of the different facets to it (there are ALOT!). You may not want to be an agent, you might change your mind and become a mortgage professional or an investor!
Do your research and talk to people in the industry. Just like me, they would love to help you!
To your success!