Beginning a Career in Real Estate

Have you ever thought about pursuing a career as a professional real estate agent?  Many people are realizing their dream of becoming a successful realtor, and it’s easier to get started than you may think.  John Greer from Gold Coast Schools recently visited with us about the training and requirements necessary for those seeking a career in real estate.  Gold Coast Schools is the leading provider of classroom and online real estate classes.  The school has designed their schedule to make it as easy as possible for you to enroll in classes no matter how hectic your current lifestyle may be.  They offer a one week course which meets Monday thru Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, or a four week course which meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday half days.  You can choose between the morning classes or evening classes.  This is especially beneficial for those who are employed in full-time “8 to 5” jobs.  Gold Coast also offers online classes which can be completed any day or time of the week.  Of course, the classroom option is recommended because networking can begin the minute you step into the class.  And, we all know that making connections and building relationships is one of the key elements to success in real estate.

The Real Estate Commission is the governing body that regulates the industry.  In the state of Florida, each person interested in becoming an agent must be qualified.  In order to meet these qualifications, you must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma and social security card, and complete the 63 hour real estate course.  Before your licensing exam, the Real Estate Commission will also want to assure that you are of good moral standing and character, and you will be asked to agree to finger print and background checks.  Minor traffic tickets will not stand in your way, but serious criminal offenses very well may.

Real estate is one of the most affordable careers to pursue if you are just starting out in the working world or even if you are a seasoned professional in a different field.  The cost of the class is about $500, and the application fee is $200.  Amazingly, for a total of only $700 you could be well on your way to a new way of life!  Not to mention, there will be no need to spend years paying off those gigantic school loans!

Since the real estate class and licensing process is only the beginning of the training process, it is important to choose the right realty company once you have passed the exam.  At Keller Williams, we have a program for all of our new agents called Ignite.  Ignite is a program that will supercharge your new career!  We will teach you most everything you need to know to allow you a proficient and successful start.  Of course, on the job training never ends, but the coaching and accountability that we put into our agents is priceless. As a professional real estate agent, you are not just a “salesman,” you wear many hats such as Lifestyle Advisor, Home Stager, Pricing Expert, and Marketing Specialist.  It takes a special person to wear all of these hats well!

If you are just beginning to explore the idea of getting into real estate, contact Jackie Ellis at Keller Williams.  We have an assessment which measures strengths to see if you are an ideal candidate for a career in real estate.  The DISC assessment measures Drive, Influence, Steadiness and Stability, and Compliance.  To apply online visit

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