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Old 04-01-2013, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I currently work in cellular sales in Charlotte where I've been for last 5 years and considering getting REALTORs license in NC. I was licensed in VA 10 years ago but was young and didn't stick with it. I also didn't have the sales experience and drive I have now. I'm college educated and looking for a higher- end, more lucrative career. I understand it is hard work and many hours to be successful, but has anyone had success transitioning into a full-time RE career while working a second job or best to dive right in? My biggest concern is I'm getting married and we are looking to buy a home and start a family in the .ext several months to a year and can't be without income for a long stretch of time while getting started. Any tips as to best brokerages to learn and make money in rookie year? I want to be a top performer who is in the 10-20% making most of the sales!
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:20 AM
 
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Can you make the real estate job the "second" job whille holding on to the primary job? (as a trial)
Perhaps real estate on Sat and Sunday?
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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Just something to think about allot of people automatically reject part time real estate agents. I know when I bought and sold my houses if the agent wasn't available when I wanted him or her, they were gone. Sounds rough but a house is a huge invrestment and i did not want to schedule showings around their availability.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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^^^^makes sense. Didn't thnk of that.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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Just something to think about allot of people automatically reject part time real estate agents. I know when I bought and sold my houses if the agent wasn't available when I wanted him or her, they were gone. Sounds rough but a house is a huge invrestment and i did not want to schedule showings around their availability.
I totally agree with this. We made the mistake of having hiring a real estate agent that didn't need to work. She put her kids first and then her clients. Not a good combination when trying to sell a house.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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Let me share my .02. I got my license back before the bust in 2006. Back then the market was totally flooded with agents. The only ones that were really getting rich off of the booming market were the schools. There were 6 classes a day offered at the school I went to and it seemed every 1 of them had at least 50 students. That is 300 potential new agents and this was just on the particular day that I went to school, not including all the other days packed with students.

The downturn has driven away many people from the real estate field so you may have less competition now. I personally know 4 people that tried to make it while working part time and none of them succeeded. Many of the "part time" real estate agents out there are ones that are fully supported by a rich spouse. (the bored housewife who had grown kids and nothing better to do). To these folks it does not matter if they sell a house or not.

When I was looking into real estate I looked at working for new home builders and you may want to start there. Many of the new home builders offer a base salary plus benefits, it may be a good place to get your feet wet rather than being a contractor. good luck
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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I think it would be very hard, if not impossible, to be a successful agentl part-time. You may want to see if you can get in as an assistant to an agent, but that might require regular hours and I am not sure how it would fit in with the job you have now. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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Here is what I would do if I were you and ignore all the people who say you can't do it part time. You def. can start part time and start making some money.

1. Go ahead and get your license taking night or weekends.
2. If you are computer savvy go ahead and start on your website / blog to start getting traffic.
3. Choose a very specific area to work be an expert in that area.
4. Go to a big firm like Allen Tate and get all the training you need. Then go to a firm that takes much less of your commission like Wilkinson and Associates.
5. Start making enough money to go full time.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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Of course you can make it by working part time. I did it part time for 4 years before going full time 8 years ago. I'd argue that the time mgt skills you learn by working part time help you even more when you go full time. You might not be able to do a lot of listings necessarily but you can certainly show houses to buyers. The last 3 buyers I have had all had to do showings at night or on the wknds due to work. Just be willing to bust your booty. Volunteer for anything in yr office that you can whether it is sitting at open showings or showing rentals.
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