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I am just about to change a 17 year career...

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Cheryl Lee Handavaka Mobile Notary Public

I have been a veterinary technician for 17 years.  Although it has been a passion of mine, I've experienced the dreadful BURNOUT, and have discovered an interest in real estate since I've started my mobile notary business last year.  So, I studied for my RE exam and passed in December, '07, and am waiting for my license to arrive.  In the meantime, I've realized that the RE exam didn't much "examine" my knowledge, yet, moreover touched on common sense, so imagine my surprise when I passed! 

What I had studied, however, excellent teaching material, in my opinion, really didn't have much influence or information on what to do AFTER the test is taken.  Quite disappointing, but a challenge to be overcome, nonetheless! 

I am self-motivated, tenacious, and driven...but feel like I'm spinning my wheels.  I am well aware of the market right now, but have great expectations and high hopes that it will soon turn around, so I am taking this slow time as an opportunity to learn as much as I can so that I can be a reasonably competent person in this dynamic field.  I've learned a lot here on Active Rain, and am implementing some ideas...love the SOI!  I've got great friends, contacts, and networking resources.

Would anyone have any suggestions, websites, reference materials, etc., that they could recommend that I may peruse on my own before I venture out?  Being thrown out with the wolves is not appealing to me, especially since I will be a part of a transaction that ultimately may change someone's life. I have found an agency that is willing to help me out in providing assistance during my transactions, but would like to go in with my running shoes on...so I can be a vital asset of the business.  

Anyone out there in my area who is new at this too, and would like a networking "bud" and someone to bounce some ideas off of is welcome to contact me.  clanotary@yahoo.com

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Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX
Cheryl, My suggestion is to find a brokerage that gives great training.. as you are correct, the licensing teach you  the laws, not what to do next.  I selected Keller Williams when I started out a bit over 2 years ago and it is a wonderful company that teaches you everything ..  all the top agents share their systems with you so everyone can succeed.. You dont need to re-invent the wheel.. you follow tried and true methods.  Email me or call me for any information.. I would love to help yougailnttexas@gmail.com or gail tassey 512-217-9482.    ( I love KW but I know there are other great companies out there also)
Jan 26, 2008 08:37 AM
Dalp Pearson
Dalp,Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

Hello, I'm new to real estate too.... it is a  lot of info... the classes I took were simple but the hard part is just getting out there and doing it.... If you go with a broker in one of the larger companies it is my understanding that you will go through a short traning program that will provide you with the info you are looking for.... also, on the blogs there is a wealth of info... there is a guy Michael Cook who writes some pretty interesting articles... some are posted on AR but he has his own blog ... check it out and other blogs.....  Michael Cook, CookSquared.WordPress.com

Good Luck

Jan 26, 2008 10:41 AM