You would like the freedom to be your own boss. Have you ever considered realty as a career? As a realtor, you will have the freedom to set your own hours and be your own boss.
A career as a realtor can be lucrative for those willing to put in the hours necessary to building a successful realty business. How do you get started in a career as a realtor?
Being your own boss is a big positive for many people, but not everyone has what it takes to be a successful realtor. What does it take? A large measure of initiative and organization. You won't have a boss, so you will need to be an effective boss to yourself. Are you a self-starter? Do you work well without outside supervision? Are you good with details? Are you motivated more by unlimited earning potential than by a set salary? Are you good at working with a wide variety of people? If you answered yes to those questions, a career as a realtor may be right for you.
Know Your Area
An intimate knowledge of the area where you hope to sell homes is vital in realty. Get to know homes in your area: selling prices, amenities, differences between various developments and neighborhoods. Become familiar with various school districts and their reputations, as education is often an important concern of prospective customers.
Go to School...
... real estate school, that is. Check with a local real estate office for information on where classes are offered in your area. You may also be able to attend real estate school online. The number of classroom hours required to earn your real estate license varies from state to state, and at the completion of the course you will need to pass an exam to qualify for your license. If you enjoy being your own boss as a realtor, you can add to your knowledge and credibility by studying to be a real estate broker. This certification requires some real-world experience and additional classroom hours, as well as another exam. It is an excellent tool to help build your reputation as a knowledgeable realtor.
One of the most important skills used by a realtor is networking. Even though you will be your own boss, don't expect success if you isolate yourself. Be prepared to spend hours on the phone getting to know other realtors, community leaders, and of course potential clients. The more people you know, the more potential home buyers you will know.
Most potential home buyers will be working during normal business hours, so prepare to work flexible hours yourself. If you hold open houses at properties you're selling, these are usually during evenings or weekends. Additionally, you will often show homes to clients on evenings and weekends. Use your daytime hours to do marketing of your properties and to network with others in the field.
With hard work and determination, you can find success as your own boss as a realtor.
Susan Braun is a freelance writer living with her husband, three daughters, 2 rabbits, 2 gerbils and hedgehog in Indiana. She writes at girlsinwhitedresses.wordpress.com and Associated Content.