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According to current Zippa estimates, more than 156,622 real estate agents are employed in the United States, and the industry is growing despite the unpredictability the career can bring. But like any worthwhile endeavor, if you’re creative, tenacious, and willing to put in the work, the job can be yours. So how do you know if a career as a real estate agent is right for you and what it takes to get there? Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

6 steps to becoming a real estate agent

Understand the requirements of your state

A common question: What are the requirements to be a real estate agent? The answer varies from state to state, as licensing requirements are different. Typically, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, take the real estate courses, and pass the exam. Some states require completion of pre-licensing courses and passing the exam within a few weeks. In other states, college-level pre-licensing courses are required with a minimum number of hours. Read on for more useful information.

Take pre-licensing courses

License qualification requirements vary from state to state, guided by that state’s real estate commission. They usually involve fees for an application, course registration, exam registration, and a criminal background check. Courses are normally offered in a variety of formats ranging from distance learning to in-person training, with a minimum number of timed hours. Visit your state’s real estate commission website for proper guidance on taking pre-licensing courses.

Pass the licensing exam

Pre-licensing students should contact their state real estate commission before scheduling the licensing exam. In addition to fees for pre-licensing courses, new agents should expect to pay fees for each real estate licensing exam. Exams are computer-based and cover general national real estate principles and practices and state-specific real estate laws. Although you will probably pass with flying colors the first time, if you fail you can retake the exam. Again, rules vary from state to state, but there is generally no limit to the number of times you can take the exam before passing. Additionally, you will likely need to take your real estate licensing exam in person.

Activate your real estate license

After you pass your exam, submit an application along with the required documents and fees to your state’s real estate commission. Once your license is approved, you will receive it by mail.

Consider becoming a real estate agent

So, what is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate agent? All real estate agents are licensed by the state, but not all real estate agents are real estate agents. A realtor pays dues to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and is entitled to the benefits of membership, including access to different transaction management technologies and services; access to health, dental and personal property insurance; banking services; and discounts.

Realtors also have access to NAR training programs, statistics and research. NAR advocates politically on behalf of real estate agents: its lobby group is considered one of the most powerful in the country. And the association has developed a code of ethics and standards of practice, requiring real estate agents to complete their training requirement every three years. Realtors must complete ethics training of at least two hours and 30 minutes of instruction time and this can be completed through NAR’s online courses or another method, such as courses online or in class through local/state associations.

Join a real estate agency

A real estate agent must find a sponsoring broker to oversee his sales. Some new agents choose to find sponsoring brokers before taking the licensing exam; others wait until they pass the exam to find sponsoring brokers and some become real estate agents.

How much does it cost to become a real estate agent?

In addition to the aforementioned costs of pre-licensing courses and exams, there are several other costs associated with becoming a real estate agent. These include multiple listing or association service fees, errors and omissions insurance, safety deposit boxes, annual brokerage accounting fees and brokerage equipment fees, for supplies such as badges and orientation binders. And you need to spend money to grow your business in real estate for transportation, a cell phone, a marketing budget, office supplies, and a lead generation budget.

How long does it take to start making money as a real estate agent?

Some ask the question: How long does it take to start doing real estate? The median annual salary for real estate brokers was $62,010 in May 2021, while the median annual salary for real estate agents was $48,340, according to
the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. But getting there takes time. Many agents may start out slow, earn a lower salary, but can more than double their earnings after the first year. After hitting the pavement for six months with no progress, consider tapping into other resources, like joining a team or networking with builders and lenders.

Do I need a broker?

What is the difference between a real estate agent and a broker?

Real estate brokers are also licensed by the state. Licensing requirements are more stringent for real estate brokers than for agents, but these requirements also vary from state to state. You usually need to work between one and three years as an agent before you can become a broker.

What should I know about my sponsoring broker?

New agents should ask their sponsoring brokers about the training and support the broker offers – for example, mentoring or shadowing more experienced agents. New agents will also want to ask about monthly brokerage office fees and commission splits they can expect in their first two years on the job. Other questions to ask include additional fees, such as transaction fees and association dues; marketing or advertising options, such as what the brokerage will provide; office culture and environment; referral policies; information about regular sales meetings; and how receptionists handle and distribute phone calls are all good things to know about your potential new brokerage.

Will I be considered a brokerage employee or an independent contractor?

It depends on the brokerage. Some brokerages offer employee salaries and benefits. However, most brokerages hire real estate agents as independent contractors. This could mean that your health insurance coverage and other benefits that are typically paid for by full-time employers could be considered your responsibility.

What should I do to get clients?

Know your strengths and weaknesses and act on that knowledge

If you make friends easily and have no problem approaching new people, but aren’t very good at marketing, you might want to look for a sponsoring broker who can help you market yourself, but who is relatively passive when it comes to generating new leads (finding new customers).

On the other hand, if you’re an introvert who finds it difficult to strike up conversations with people you don’t know very well, but are good at writing copy and developing a marketing plan, then your sponsoring broker ideal will help you with lead generation or referrals, but will allow you to manage your own marketing. Be sure to check out other agents’ abilities to leverage social media to help post their names and rosters, with offerings like podcasts, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

You will need to be able to advise on market conditions and listing price, organize open houses, prepare documents and manage negotiations for your clients. Emotions can run high, so this will help you learn problem-solving skills and soothe ruffled feathers.

Choose the right technology

There are hundreds of technology tools available to make your job as an agent easier. These include tools to help you manage your lead generation, client documents, listing videos, listing photos, open houses, business marketing, and many more. How do you know which technology is best for you? Choose the tools you will use. If there is a free version or demo available, try it out before you commit to spending money on anything.

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