Becoming A California Real Estate Broker
If you are interested in being a California real estate broker, there several things you need to consider about the process, as well as your overall career choices. In particular, you will need to decide what kinds of property you want to sell, as well as if you want to establish your own firm or work for an existing business. No matter which path you choose, you can rest assured that there will be many different challenges to offset the rewards.
Meeting the Requirements for Certification
Before you can officially call yourself a California real estate broker, you will need to pass your licensing exam. If you have experience working as a real estate sales person, you may find that you can skip taking a number of classes. Fortunately, even if you have no experience at all, a four year degree can be used instead. Regardless of how you gain the requirements for taking the real estate broker exam, passing it is vital to your future.
Starting Your Own Brokerage Firm vs. Being Employed
Not so long ago, as long as you passed your brokerage exam, you could start a real estate business from scratch and make a reasonable amount of money. Today, a crippled economy in the last remnants of its death throes makes it very hard to start a real estate business, even for established agents. Therefore, you will most likely find that you will need to work in an established firm for a number of years before starting your own business. That said, if you feel that you can break into the local community and make a profit, here are some things that may be of help:
Use online social networking sites and professional resources to link up with people from remote regions that might be interested in moving to your area
Purchase a portfolio of homes in need of rehab in your state, repair them, and then sell them online
You can also work with homes in need of rehab on a rent to own basis, and then let your tenants make the repairs on their own.
Commercial vs. Homeowner Based Real Estate Opportunities
Even though you may enjoy larger commissions on commercial sales, there are also many advantages to working primarily with homeowner real estate transactions. Some of these benefits include:
An increased chance of being referred to other homeowners that are interested in buying or selling property.
The opportunity to learn about private land owners that may be looking to buy into a franchise
A larger number of clients can make it easier to keep a steady cash flow
As bad as the economy may be in California, there are still ways that you can make money as a real estate agent. Once you pass your broker's exam, you can explore working with rehab properties, business people, or conventional homeowners. No matter which line of business interests you most, there is no question that there will never be a dull moment when you make a living as a California real estate broker.
Contribute by Pan Pacifica.
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