Starting Your New Real Estate Career Part-Time

Published Thursday, June 14, 2018

The very best way to begin a successful real estate career is to just dive right in and work full-time. In many cases, however, it's just not possible with the obligations we all face... so the question is often, "Can I start part-time?" .... and with the right strategy, the answer is yes. Be prepared, however, to be frustrated if you can only work nights and weekends. What often happens is you find yourself showing homes to your buyers on the weekend and they call you Monday morning saying that they want to buy. If you're stuck at your other job, you have a big problem.

The other problem with working part-time is attending real estate training and important office meetings. Most companies conduct those during the day. Again, if you're committed to another boss, you'll be at a big disadvantage.

One way to have success part-time is to find a full-time agent to partner with who can cover for you when you're not available. You make an agreement to share part of your commission when the transaction closes and it's a win-win. Understand, they will be your partner, but you aren't necessarily their partner. They agree to support you, but they may or may not need you to help support them. Another benefit of having a partner is that they can also help with your real estate sales training.

You might need to use most of your vacation time to attend the real estate training courses and the important office meetings, but it will be time well spent.

Once you start seeing some success, you'll be able to say goodbye to that other job and enjoy the benefits of a full-time real estate career.

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    Vince DePaul Vince DePaul is Director of Your House Academy. Vince began his real estate career in 1976 and is a real estate broker and a licensed real estate and continuing education instructor. He has taught real estate at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois for several decades. For ten years he produced and hosted a weekly, live call-in radio broadcast in Chicago called “Your House” where he was known as “Mr. Real Estate.” In 2015, Vince received the prestigious Educator of the Year award from the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE). More about Vince »

A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, (NAR) the largest trade group in the country.

Every agent is not a REALTOR®.  You become a REALTOR® after you pass your real estate course, pass the state license exam, join a real estate company and then join the National Association of REALTORS®.

According to the NAR, the term REALTOR has one, and only one, meaning:
"REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics."

Michael Fair, President and Director of Your House Academy is an NAR member.