If you are pondering on whether to make the dive into the real estate market and the procedures involved in how to become a real estate agent, look no further than this one post. For starters though, you will want to avoid looking up bookish knowledge or experience culled through classroom teachings. They will never teach you how to become a real estate agent. The best way to do this is to just get out there and get your hands dirty. This is the only way you will learn the tricks of the trade and how to play the real estate market.
I fully believe in the school of hard knocks and learning this way will also ensure that you develop your own network of contacts that you can use to your advantage in the near or distant future. There is no shortage of experts that you can learn from on the fly either, and any experienced professional will be able to teach you hands on how to become a real estate agent. The problem is in settling upon this mentor; the real estate market is fiercely competitive and such professionals aren’t given to just dispensing knowledge for free. Everyone wants to deal in something quid pro quo, and it is hard to imagine that you will find a mentor who will simply give away their knowledge. That is too idealistic a scenario.
If you’re a rookie, join the real estate agents’ association. This can be found in all major cities and they have regular meet-ups in order to exchange information. Finding them and then joining them will be of immense benefit for you. Once you have secured membership, be fully dedicated to attending every meeting, even if it is just dinner. Informal settings are good for the exchange of information and there are many useful things you can learn from informal conversations.
The real estate industry is all about visibility, so make sure people know who you are and what you do. It’s all about the show, so get fantastic looking business cards and letterheads printed. I’ve had friends who were real estate agents and broke, but their stationery was always world-class and gorgeous. If you look well to do and successful, people generally assume you are. Appearances can be everything sometimes.