As in, real estate.
It’s a career with a huge upside: setting your own hours, being your own boss, no cap on potential earnings, letting your job take you anywhere in the area. Or maybe you would take a great deal of job satisfaction out of giving people peace of mind as you help steer them through the straits of a huge financial decision.
In Georgia, becoming a licensed agent is actually pretty simple. People can complete the required training and receive their licenses to begin selling in just a few weeks.
Testing the water
For most, the best way to get started with a real estate career is to pursue a license as a salesperson. Unlike associate broker or broker licenses, a salesperson license in Georgia doesn’t require any previous experience. And fees and training requirements are much more modest. If you’ve got a high school diploma, you can get started by taking 75 hours of coursework, passing an exam, and paying licensing and exam fees that total less than $300.
It’s true that an agent reports to a broker — more on that below — but you really are your own boss. You’re a self-employed independent contractor for a real estate office. Some agents rarely see their broker, and some spend time with them regularly. That’s a relationship you’ll work together to establish a good cadence.
And since you’re an independent agent, that means that yes, the rumors are true: You set your own hours. And you can make them as flexible as you like to make it to doctors’ appointments, soccer games, summers abroad, or whatever you like.
There’s a tradeoff, of course. The most-available agents are the ones likely to sell more houses and earn more commission.
“If your schedule allows you (a buyer) to view houses only on weeknight evenings, there is probably an agent out there who can accommodate you. You just have to look,” Realtor.com advises shoppers. If that agent is you, well, you can guess who’s going to get the call.
So why do you need to work under a broker?
Well, in the first place, it’s required in order to protect homebuyers in most areas. They’ve got more than three years of education, training and experience behind their license, which helps them avoid pitfalls that the agent or the consumer might not anticipate.
And secondly, that experience is invaluable in a mentoring role to aspiring agents.
That’s why it’s crucial to choose the right broker. Consider their:
- Client testimonials and referrals
- Feedback from other agents (current and former)
- Commission structure
- Marketing and promotions
- Assistance and support
(And if you’ll permit us a moment of bragging, we think you’ll find Carter & Associates aces these categories.)
There’s more you should know before quitting your day job, of course. As a start, contact us for a no-pressure chat and/or we can send you our brochure for more details about a career in real estate.
Then, if it feels like a good fit, you could be just a few weeks away from meeting new people every day, setting your own hours and helping people realize a little slice of the American Dream with a new home.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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