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Getting into the real estate business can be one of the most rewarding, yet tiresome occupations out there.  Whether the rewards outweigh the downfalls of the position really does depend on the person looking into the career.  If you are a family-oriented person  or someone who likes to spend a lot of time to themselves or enjoying the more leisurely things in life and you are really not looking to give these things up (at least for a while), real estate may not be the right gig for you.
Generally, getting settled into the real estate business can take up to six months, or even a year!  Of course, a year does sound like an extremely long time to get into an occupation, but if you think about it and take into consideration all of the steps that are involved, that time frame is fairly reasonable.  All real estate agents start out in pre-licensing schools.  Pre licensing schools are basically classes that teach prospective real estate agents the ins and outs of the business itself.  In such classes, laws, dos and doníts of the business, basic rules, and sales tips are all discussed in detail. Pre licensing real estate classes can take up to three whole months to complete, and successful completion of the classes should lead to a successful passing of the real estate examination.  Passing the real estate exam is nothing like the SAT however; it takes long hours of studying minute little details as well as broad, more general real estate information to successfully complete the course and pass the exam the first time.  And passing the exam on the first time is always the goal!
After completing the required pre licensing courses and passing the real estate licensing exam, there is the actual time frame that it takes to get into business to consider.  Of course, you are going to have to decide if you want to go into business for yourself or go to work for a real estate company, such as RE/MAX or Century 21.  Do take into consideration that it might not be the smartest idea in the world to immediately go into business for yourself, and there are several reasons for this.  The first is that when you are just becoming licensed and getting into the real estate business, you don't know if you want to do this for sure or not.  Sure, you think you do and that was why you decided to spend all of your money on time on classes and exams, but the reason real estate agencies are always hiring is because the turnover rate in that line of work is extremely high.  Like most other sales jobs--the real estate business is NOT for everyone, and do you really want to find out that you hate your line of work after you have signed a 12-month lease on an office space and hired a secretary? I didn't think so. 
The best advice is to start out at one of your local agencies, and if you are good and you enjoy what you do work up from there.  Have fun, and if you devote yourself to the business and you are good at it, your efforts will most definitely pay off.

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