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Tips on Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Looking to get into the real estate business but don’t know where to start? These helpful tips on becoming a real estate agent will guide you on the right path and show you what to do and what not to do.

Tips on Becoming a Real Estate Agent

The first step is talking to people who are experienced; therefore, talking to people who have done what you want to do. This is going to save you from wasting time and money and will help you avoid any drawbacks. Starting with the basic requirements of becoming a real estate agent, you need to have a legal US residency, be 18 or 19 years or older, pass your state real estate license examination, and complete your required pre-licensing education.

The best tips to keep in mind are from people who have been in the business and have learned from their mistakes and know what they would and wouldn’t change about getting into the business. One agent’s advice is to be confident with your own decisions and ideas. It is important to trust your own business instincts. One mistake this agent made was not trusting his gut feeling when he thought that the national brokerage he started with was too outdated. He knew the Internet had changed everything but his gut feeling told him to put more hours in his online presence. He was still taught to do the opposite, and it almost cost him his entire business. He quit working for this company after 18 months, and his business went up from there after he used the Internet as a tool more. In any industry, you should be careful who you listen to and follow your own instincts.

This agent also gives advice about succeeding as a new realtor. He believes that the number one rule is to be pessimistic. The most common mistake that new agents make is thinking that you’re getting paid just because you signed a sales contract. If you plan for experiencing problems, then you won’t be surprised in the future. You should also not overestimate the Internet. It may seem like it would have an abundance of leads for you, but its actually much more competitive and saturated. Make sure you have an equal level of customer service and protection for clients as much as your ability to acquire leads.

Another agent gives advice on your first year of being an agent. Getting a mentor in your office could be a great advantage for when you’re just starting. Make sure your presence is known and people know you are persistent and determined to work hard. Getting to know your fellow agents will also come in handy so you can team up and try to get a handle on prices and properties so you are familiar with the ones in your area. Having a good website is crucial. Creating community pages on your site (which are like local Wikipedia pages for the towns/cities you do business in) will help you become established as a local expert. There are no shortcuts for this, however, and you must make sure that you take the time to know your product. You need reliable information that will give you credibility with both buyers and sellers. You should also include information about you as an agent and give people reasons to hire you. Connect with as many people as you can, have a constant stream of clients, trust your instincts, and work hard. It won’t be easy, but with the right amount of confidence and discipline, you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful and experienced agent!

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