The ULTIMATE Guide to Starting a Real Estate Career

Published Thursday, June 15, 2023

Are you thinking about starting a career in real estate? If so, you're not alone. Real estate is a great way to be your own boss, set your own hours, and make a good living. But before you can start selling houses, you need to get your real estate license.

Getting your real estate license can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. With the right preparation, you can pass the exam and start your new career in real estate.

Here are the steps you need to take to get your real estate license:

  1. Choose a real estate school. There are many real estate schools to choose from, so it's important to do your research and find one that's a good fit for you. Consider factors such as the school's reputation, the cost of tuition, and the learning format (online or in-person).
  2. Complete the required coursework. The coursework for real estate school will vary depending on the state you're in, but it will typically cover topics such as real estate law, ethics, and financing.
  3. Pass the state licensing exam. Once you've completed the required coursework, you'll need to pass the state licensing exam. The exam is typically multiple choice and covers a variety of real estate topics.
  4. Get your real estate license. Once you've passed the exam, you'll need to apply for your real estate license. The application process will vary depending on the state you're in, but it will typically require you to submit your exam results, proof of education, and a background check.

Getting your real estate license is the first step on your journey to a successful career in real estate. With hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals and become a successful real estate agent.

Here are some additional tips for starting a real estate career:

  • Get involved in your local real estate community. Attend local real estate events, join a real estate association, and network with other real estate professionals.
  • Get a mentor. A mentor can provide you with guidance and support as you start your new career.
  • Be patient. It takes time to build a successful real estate business. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results immediately.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest real estate trends. The real estate market is constantly changing, so it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends.
  • Have fun! Real estate can be a very rewarding career. Enjoy the journey!

It all starts with a license.
If you are passionate about real estate, interested in investing in real estate, or just looking for a new career with growth potential, a real estate license could be the right move.  People can get started in real estate investing without a license and do ok. But those who want to take their investments to the next level, have control of their assets, build their network, and have direct access to the MLS need to get realtor training and get their real estate license.

Does this sound like you? If so, give us a call at 630-844-0222 or check out our Real Estate Courses link on the main page to get started in real estate today and build your new career now!  We would love to help you get there.

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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.