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What is the best way to get started in real estate in Northern Va?

I have been wanting to switch careers and go into real estate, and am curious what the smartest path is.  Which companies are the best to work for/offer great training?  What is the best way to obtain a license - is that through a company or done independently? Thanks for any insight!
  • October 22 2013 - Fairfax
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I lived in Fredericksburg for 25 years and was licensed in VA.

The first thing you have to realize is that there are no pay checks.  While your market is very active you still could go 6 months without making a dime.

You have upfront costs.  Education, licensing fees, Real Estate dues, MLS fees, business cards etc.  Several thousand dollars.  That does not include any marketing you do on your own.

Someone mentioned Keller Williams.  I think they are great however they are better for an experienced agent.  I joined Long and Foster in VA.  They have their own post license training school.  Once you get your real estate license you know enough to be dangerous.  Long and Foster has a required additional training where you are exposed to experienced agents who help you understand legalities, forms and marketing.

Real estate today is not about waiting for the phone to ring.  It's about who you know and who you gets to know you.  Buyers/sellers don't walk in the door anymore. 
  • November 04 2013
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I have been in the Real estate business for over 20 years and I can say without a doubt that a Keller Williams firm would be the place for anyone wanting to relocate to a new firm.  Yes, it is important to meet the management and get a feel for the office but i have to say there is no other firm that offers more support and  a win win commitment to their agents. The company has the only Real Profit share program in the real estate industry.
Please call and take the time to learn what this program could really mean for you in the long run when you want to stop working and receive passive income.  I would be proud to sponsor you even in VA.
  • November 01 2013
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Call several real estate offices, ask to speak to the managing brokers, and make an appointment to meet with them to discuss real estate careers.  They are always recruiting new agents and will advise you of the courses they offer as well as community college courses that also prepare you for the licensing exam. However, you should also discuss with them how you expect to get clients once you are licensed.  Very few just show up at the lobby of the real estate office ready to sign a buyer agency agreement or listing agreement with the agent who happens to have floor duty at that time. Do you have a "sphere of influence" (business associates, church community, etc.) that will provide your first few clients until you start getting word-of-mouth referrals? How will you persuade prospective sellers to list their homes with you instead of with experienced agents?  How will you persuade prospective buyers that you are better able to help them find their homes of choice than more experienced agents?  Are you willing to work as an assistant to an experienced agent for not much money, at least for a few years?  Also, is it important to you to have your evenings and/or weekends free?  Residential real estate agents don't. If this post has been helpful please click the thumb's up below.

  • October 31 2013
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