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Old 11-25-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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Hey CD folks, I was wondering if anyone on here is familiar with the process of becoming a real estate agent in the city of Boston? I understand an approved class is necessary to take the licence test. I've found a few schools offering the 40 hours of class for $300 but I don't understand what additional steps are necessary to become an agent? I'm sure these questions could be answered for me at the class, but I'm avoiding paying for the class until I have a better understanding of the process. Thanks a lot for any information =)
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:08 PM
 
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The state licensing bureau's web page will have a lot of the answers you seek:

Continuing & Pre-Licensing Education

As a real estate agent, I would tell you to think long and hard before taking the time to go through the course. It's a really tough job and if you want to be successful then you have to be willing not only to work long hours but weekends as well. You have to be prepared to drop whatever you are doing at any given moment to help a client.

I've seen a lot people go out and get their license because they think this is some kind of "get rich quick" job and I can assure you it is not. Many agents don't make a single penny their entire first year in the industry.

Knowing this, if you pursue your license and get it, I would suggest you spend a good amount of time finding the right broker to hang your license with. Don't pay too much attention to how much of the commission you get to keep. Your main priority right now is training and mentoring. Find a broker who will teach you how to be a successful agent. Without good training and mentoring you'll never make a dime so it won't really matter how much you get to keep if you don't earn anything.

I hope this helps.
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