Thinking about a Career in Real Estate?

Are You Ready for a New Career?

Why Real Estate?

The real estate business is filled with many exciting opportunities. It gives you the opportunity to help others, to enjoy freedom and independence, to use your personal strengths, and to obtain financial security.

If you want to earn a good living, meet interesting people, and have flexible hours, real estate may be the career for you. Many people have found a real estate career to be both personally and financially rewarding, and you can too.

Is the Real Estate Field for Me?

A real estate career is a business, your business. You won't need the large outlays typically needed to start a business. In most cases, you will be an independent contractor. There will be no boss telling you what to do, and you set your own hours and come and go as you please.

Do I Have What it Takes to Succeed?

The real estate business is not for everyone. In order to succeed, you need to be a self-starter, motivated and persistent. You must be able to plan, and more importantly, work your plan. Above all, you must be able to handle rejection. To find out if you have what it takes, answer and consider the following questions:

  • Am I willing to research the initial costs involved for licensing such as dues, fees, professional equipment and insurance?
  • Will my savings or an alternate source of income prepare me to wait several months before my first check comes in, or do I require an immediate income?
  • Is my wardrobe adequate to begin my new career?
  • Do I have a clean well-maintained car available on a daily basis?
  • Have I considered what is involved in balancing my real estate schedule and my family time?
  • Am I willing to commit the time necessary to succeed? Am I willing to work evenings and weekends?
  • Is my family supportive of my career decision? Do they understand the unpredictable nature of the business?
  • Is my health and energy level adequate for the demands of the profession?
  • Are there any personal problems or commitments that might interfere with my career goals?

How Do I Get Started?

The real estate profession is regulated by the state government and requires licensing.

Click here for the Illinois Real Estate License Requirements.

Have more questions? Click here for some FAQs about becoming a real estate broker, including how you'll get paid and expenses you can expect!

It’s also a good idea to talk with a real estate office manager in your area to get details as to what the specific requirements and opportunities are. As part of our service to our students, we will be happy to refer you to exceptional real estate companies in your area. Please call 630-844-0222.

Want Free Tuition?


One of our Affiliate brokers, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Starck Real Estate, is offering students who enroll in our school from now until December 31, 2017 a 100% tuition reimbursement when you join one of their 14 offices. You get to join an outstanding company and this offer makes your tuition absolutely FREE …

For more information, contact a Berkshire Hathaway Starck Manager

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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.