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Is now a good time to get a real estate license in florida

  • July 17 2013 - Tampa International Airport Area
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Once you pass the RE school test and the state test and you have your RE License, choose a company that will train you and train you and train you. The training is the key, and find a mentor or a coach to help. What you learn in RE school are the rules, not how to run a business.

Realtors are entrepreneurs who are on their own to manage their own business. A broker friend has 30 realtors, he spends little time selling anymore, but more managing these 30 "cats" if you will, and he had to fire one yesterday for not performing. Don't believe that you can hang your license and the company will prop you up. They will give you leads, but you need to cultivate them, work them, and develop them. This is your business to develop and grow. Find a company that will give you good leads out the wazoo so that you can build your business.

Best of luck to you,
Liz
  • August 13 2013
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while it is better to be a beginner when the market is hot, it doesn't translate into being a good reason to get into the business, get into it if it's what you want to do but don't begin with unrealistic expectations.  There is a lot to learn, a lot to do, and a LOT to pay for.  Along with the perceived big income are REAL big expenses,  It can be a great career for the right person and a huge mistake if it wasn't a good fit.   

one thing I see over and over is that people move into this line of work and think of themselves as employees and they look to the brokerage for guidance.  Any good brokerage should provide such guidance and direction but the reality is that this is self employment for the most part and like any other business venture, your success depends upon having  a plan.

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  • August 12 2013
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If you plan to work as a full-time real estate salesperson you're going to have to learn a lot more than Realtors had to learn 10 years ago. The market has gone through some significant changes.

We now have an abundance of foreclosures and short sales and these categories of transactions are much more complicated than traditional sales. To be good at your job you'll need to learn about the foreclosure process and how to negotiate effectively with banks when doing short sales. 10 years ago most of us didn't even know what a short sale was.

Can you handle it? Only you know the answer to that question.
  • August 12 2013
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Mike do you have any advice for a rookie like myself?

  • July 18 2013
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There is never a good or bad time to get your real estate license. No matter when you get licensed, if you plan on working in the field you will inevitable have to work through all different market types and conditions. 
  • July 18 2013
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Well, things have definitely been looking up in the Florida market for the last few months. Here in Orlando, we've seen home values rise up to 23%. Foreclosures have declined here as well, though they have risen elsewhere in the state. Closed sales throughout the state rose 18.7 percent compared to a year ago in June, so the outlook is definitely sunny in the sunshine state.
  • July 18 2013
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