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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Residential sales is often the best sector for new agents. Much depends on your education and work experience.

Feb 28, 2016 09:35 PM
Andrea Lacy
CENTURY 21 Scheetz - Fishers, IN
ABR, e-Pro, REALTOR® - Your Home. My Commitment.

Douglas, For me experience is what helped me decide and the fact that my broker provides awesome buyer leads. My first year I couldn't decide but 25 transaction later, I had experienced a varitey of different transactions. I realized that I liked working with first time home buyers and buyers relocating.

I wish someone would have offered the following advice. Since CE is required I recommend spending a little more and taking a certificate and/or designation course which can be applied towards your CE, you get great tools as well and have a credential. Win Win


Feb 29, 2016 11:14 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Having family already in residential and owning a brokerage.

Feb 29, 2016 07:31 AM
Doug Palin
RE/MAX Equity Group - Vancouver, WA
Real Estate agent serving Southwest Washington

Start out in

Feb 29, 2016 07:15 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My Forestry Degree gives me an edge.


Feb 29, 2016 04:13 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's too early in the process for you to decide this.

Feb 29, 2016 04:12 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Douglas Israelsen I started out in residential real estate. After a couple of years I got interested in commercial real estate and made it a full time transition.

Feb 29, 2016 01:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.  What interests you?  What is your passion? 

Feb 29, 2016 01:44 AM
Darin Henderson
Holland Realty Services - Gladstone, MO
Guiding You Home

Where ever it is that you start out be sure you are headed to where your heart is, seek your passion.

Feb 29, 2016 12:54 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties


Feb 29, 2016 12:50 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Talk to a few brokers ask about training, commission and their insurance coverage.  Most brokerages will not allow you to do rental, commercial, business opportunites.  

Commercial needs special credentials, most have mba etc harder to crack into. Put an offer to a SAT school the listing agent says I will not be compensated since I am not a member of xxx Association-never heard of it.

Feb 28, 2016 11:59 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

you need to have exposure to all of it, and you will then be able to answer that question for yourself.... mine was land and new construction....

Feb 28, 2016 11:25 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

My advice is to be in for a while and see what you like...what feels best before getting any more education in any one area...or get education in more than one area and see what "likes you" wishes !

Feb 28, 2016 11:03 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Well, we live in a house, so...

Feb 28, 2016 11:02 PM
Joy Bender
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Team

It was an easy decision for me to focus on luxury.  I had spent the last 12 years working with First time home buyers and DPAs and it was time for a new challenge. 

Feb 28, 2016 10:36 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The one that creates passion is a good start to narrow it down. If you don't know your passionate self, start with trial & error. Look for the comfy fit

Feb 28, 2016 09:53 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The types of properties and the types of clients.

Feb 28, 2016 09:38 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Now someone is asking an important question.

Douglas, congrats on realizing and resisting the idea you will show up at the brokers office and ask "Now what?"

You are absolutely correct in realizing there is more to know otherwise you will MOST CERTAINLY become a victim of the FAILURE SYSTEM that has doomed newbies for decades and enriched the real estate industry.

Will I give you the answer in a Q & A? Of course not. There's more to it than that. Preview my book about this topic on (you can read the first 10 pages) and if this appears to be what you need, let me know. If you can not figure out how to find the book on LuLu, understand there are bigger problems to solve.

Feb 28, 2016 09:01 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The others have answered the question.

Feb 28, 2016 08:20 PM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

You will discover this in good time Grasshopper.

Feb 28, 2016 07:50 PM
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Residential is the easiest for entry level realtors.

Feb 28, 2016 07:29 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I suggest residential for beginners. 

Feb 28, 2016 04:19 PM
Toronto, ON

If you decide to specialize, there are many areas to specialize in.  It may depend upon your interests, the types and quantity of property in your area, your background and more.

Feb 28, 2016 04:13 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

do what you love.  Residential is about helping families for the most part.  Commercial is about working for businesses. 

Feb 28, 2016 03:06 PM