It's a confusing time. I have an active real estate license in California, but it is no longer held with a broker. I have had my license since 2002, and since then have been with 3 different brokers.
The first was one of my first VA clients that I still do work for today, but I really only used my license there to do licensed assistant type of duties for them, and I did a couple of referral deals. They were an independent brokerage, and I felt like I was lacking the educational opportunities to really get my real estate career off the ground.
The next one was one of the big four nationwide companies, and even though I was there solely to sell real estate and do the training that I so desparately needed, my "mentor" at the company kind of promised to take me under his wing and teach me the trade in exchange for me helping him with his admin. stuff - basically I became an unpaid assistant for him, and didn't learn anything except how not to treat a real estate assistant.
The next company I went to, I did so because they told me I could do loans and real estate under the same broker. This was a well known company, but a new branch, and I could never get them to do the loan training...and again, I got pulled into the unpaid assistant role to some extent.
I really am wanting to get active as a real estate agent, I've read great books, have some procedures planned, etc...but I cannot decide or figure out how to decide what broker to hang my license with. I know I have a habit of wanting to help everyone, so I would not mind if there was a paid RE Assistant position where I could hang my license and do my own deals, but those seem to be impossible to find. I know now that a successful real estate agent is really 90% about them and only 10% about where they hang their hat - but I'm wondering if anyone has any insights.
I still plan on keeping my virtual assistant business open full time; however, I am ready for the additional challenge of being an active real estate agent as well!