Real estate is a popular choice for people looking to start a new career or turn a profit as a side hustle. Yet, the industry isn’t easy for newcomers. Many experts estimate that the majority of new agents fail within their first five years in the business.

If you’re considering becoming a real estate agent, getting the right training and support is key. The CE Shop offers a variety of pre-licensing and licensing courses, but if you want to be successful, it’s important to take the time to find a good mentor.

Ask friends and family for recommendations, check out local listings on online platforms such as Zillow or Redfin and look for local agent reviews. These will give you an idea of how satisfied previous buyers or sellers were with the agent’s services.

When you interview potential real estate agents, it’s important to have a list of questions prepared. The following questions will help you determine whether the agent has the professional expertise, local market knowledge and communication skills you’re looking for in a partner on your real estate journey. Read more

  1. What Is Your Real Estate Experience?

It’s vital to choose an agent who has the relevant experience. If you’re buying a home, this means an agent who has successfully guided other buyers through the homebuying process and understands what makes your property unique. If you’re selling a home, this means an agent who can effectively promote your property to buyers and sell your home for the best possible price.

  1. What Are Your Marketing Tactics?

A good real estate agent should have a wide range of marketing tactics to help you buy or sell your home. For example, a great way to get your home in front of the most buyers is through online listings and social media. A top real estate agent will also have access to a database of buyers and sellers.

  1. How Often Do You Communicate with Clients?

It’s essential to choose an agent who will communicate with you the way you prefer. For example, if you like daily updates, ask each candidate how often they’re available for phone or email correspondence. This can be a deal-breaker if an agent only communicates with you once a week or less.

  1. Do You Operate Full-Time or Part-Time?

It might sound counterintuitive, but investors need real estate agents who operate full-time. This is because investors require the undivided attention and market awareness that only full-time agents can provide. On the other hand, if you’re planning to purchase your own home, a part-time agent might be sufficient for your needs.

Once you’ve completed your pre-licensing courses and passed your state-specific exam, you will need to find a sponsoring broker to join as you begin your real estate career. If you’re currently a student at The CE Shop, we offer an exciting program called Agent Start that connects you with broker partners that are seeking new agents.