What does it take is one of the first questions someone will ask me when it comes to practicing real estate. The next question I usually get is something to the effect of wondering who will pay his or her salary. Laymen seldom understand that most real estate agents pretty much pay most of their own expenses and are considered to be self-employed. We quickly quash the notion that a typical real estate agent is an employee!
To become a licensed real estate agent in the State of Alabama, you must first complete and pass a 60-Hr. Pre License course. That course can be presented in various ways, and TEAM Hughes Real Estate School chooses to present it with a course book, a Power Point presentation and the lecture method of teaching. Some students get it; others don’t. For the students who absolutely do not want to listen to an instructor, we offer on line courses where they can work at their own speed.
To some, getting a real estate license is a pretty scary process, and they think it’s very difficult to pass the exams, not to mention thinking it’s expensive to get the license. I always liken real estate to other professions. Practicing real estate is not a job; agents are not blue collar workers. If you look at the cost and time involved to become a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant, getting a real estate license is way more easier and way less expensive. Yet, we are professionals, and we have the ability to make the same kind of money they make. Even though a degree is not required (and I’m wondering if it shouldn’t be), the public expects professionalism from agents. Our profession is the only one that affords a high school dropout with a GED the same opportunities as college graduates who study for years and then realize the craft they chose is not enjoyable.
What does it take? You have to care about people and their needs, and you have to serve those needs. You have to put everyone’s needs ahead of your own, and you have to have no hidden agendas. You have to study, you have to invest in yourself, and you have to handle yourself as a professional.
When all is said and done, you have to have passion for what you are doing. You have to care. You have to want it so badly that you are willing to do everything it takes to succeed. What does it take? You have to start with the best education you can find. TEAM Hughes Real Estate School is the best real estate school in Baldwin County. Don’t you think you deserve the best?
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