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Old 03-06-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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Hello all! I am newly licensed in Florida and am a bit stuck on what to do next. I had an interview with a very large "franchise" agency and the training program seems wonderful. I am very interested in going with a broker (at least for awhile) that offers good training.

However, do all brokers require that I immediately apply for the local, state and NAR associations at the very beginning? The fees are just sooooo large for me right now. Between school, books, licensing, fingerprinting and exam costs, it's just a lot all at once. I would love to start working as soon as possible, but if it means having to pay $900 just to get started....maybe timeshares is the way to go for now? Any suggestions or advice for someone just starting out with little start up money?
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Talk to one of the larger "Local" companies also. Ask them all what is the bare minimum you can join since money is tight. You'll need to join your local board who will also supply great training and probably access to your MLS system.

Education and hard work is the key. You'll be tempted to spend money but use your companies tools, computers, scanners, etc. Gotta pace yourself the 1st few years while you get established.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Local rule vary as to membership in NAR etc; Here I am not obligated to be a member of the real estate mafia in order to access and belong to the local MLS. You could search for someone who does not belong and hang your shingle with them, but if that's not possible based on the local rules, well..........welcome to the dark side.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Barrington
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Generally speaking, the big box agencies offer the most opportunities for training newly licensed agents.

Generally speaking, the big box brokerages make national and state memberships, board and MLS mandatory for all.

It's rather an insignificant investment in your own business and all of it offsets your taxable income, if any.

I cannot imagine trying to make a go of it selling timeshares.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Basically, you need to pay the fees to become a Realtor, have MLS access and show MLS property. You can probably work for a new home sales community/developer, they often times do not require you to belong to the association.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Thank you all for the advice! My research seems to be on point. Looks like I will have to bite the bullet and figure it out. Thank you all once again! Wish me luck, looks like I will be needing it.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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I have two offices, one with RE/MAX and one as a referral company. If Florida allows such, you can join a broker as a referral agent until you are able to move up to Realtor status.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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I have two offices, one with RE/MAX and one as a referral company. If Florida allows such, you can join a broker as a referral agent until you are able to move up to Realtor status.

What a great idea! I will be looking into it immediately. Thank you for the suggestion.
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina, NC
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I feel your pain. I just paid the fee in another state.. I had to borrow money to do so. It was not unexpected, but how expensive it is, was.
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:53 PM
 
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Hello everyone, I have been interested in becoming an agent for some time. My question, Is it a need for an agent to have a driver's license to obtain your real estate license? My driver's license is suspended, I am in the process of getting it reinstated because it's out-of-state it's difficult to maintain a regular 9 to 5. I really want weigh-out all my options.

Thank you and I appreciate your knowledge and advice in advance
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