Ed Sarfo is a licensed realtor and broker living and working in Lexington, Kentucky. He grew up and attended the American Baptist Missionary School in Ghana, West Africa before moving to Germany to continue his studies. Ed Sarfo moved to the United States to pursue his passion for becoming a real estate agent. He has several years’ experience in both buying and selling homes and ensures he provides his clients with relevant and helpful advice on property issues. Here are some things you want to consider if you are planning to become a certified real estate agent.
Is the Real Estate Industry Right for You?
Before you go ahead and start preparing to become a real estate agent, you might want to check if the real estate industry is right for you. As a real estate agent, you will have to handle your own office, paperwork, developing relationships, prospecting leads, managing contacts, and dealing with both buyers and sellers. It requires a great level of commitment and hard work to build a successful real estate business.
Each state has different real estate licensing requirements, so you will need to check with your state’s real estate commission website for specific requirements.
Join a Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course
You might want to join a real estate pre-licensing course to complete your educational requirements. You can choose to study at a local real estate school, live classrooms, university, or even some realty firms. Many of these places offer real estate licensing programs, and if you don’t have the time to join a regular class, you might want to join one of the online programs. You will need to join a school that has a good reputation, and which offers high-quality content. The pre-licensing course is not a “walk-in-the-park”, but once you complete the program, it will be a foundation for a successful career as a real estate agent.
Take the Real Estate Salesperson Exam
Once you have completed the pre-licensing course, you might want to take the real estate salesperson exam. You will need to fill in your application form and apply to take the exam. Contact your state’s local real estate regulatory authority for specific details and apply for the exam. Passing the exam takes a lot of preparation, and signing up for exam prep classes might be a good idea. You might want to take practice exams to measure your strengths and weaknesses, and work through the process to sharpen your knowledge.
When you sign-up for your pre-licensing course, you will need to find a reputable broker, as you will need your broker to file the paperwork with the state. When you have passed your exam, and these papers have been submitted, your license will be issued. You will most probably have to practice under your broker for a time. Ed Sarfo received his real estate agent license in 2004.