Am I becoming an agent just for fun? Pretty much!

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Hey BP,

I just wanted to share what I've been up to, I thought that other newbies might find it interesting.

So, like a lot of indecisive people, my problem has been not having enough problems (1st world problem). I'm fascinated by real estate, but I have a good job and a pretty laid back life. Nothing has been kicking me in the butt to go out there and do what I know is the right thing to do in the long run... invest in real estate!

I am definitely an outsider looking in. I have no actual real estate experience, and am the dumbest guy in the room when it comes to this stuff. I know that's where everyone starts, but its tough for me. I'm a professor and starting over as a kindergardener in a new field is no fun. Truth is I should just get over it and make the plunge, but I know me. Unless I lose my job tomorrow (knock on wood) I just wont start borrowing time from work, and money from the wedding fund to get out there.

So while I wait and save up money, I decided to take the real estate agent courses. At first I thought it was going to be a waste of time and money. I was so wrong. I feel like I have learned so much and am getting the confidence I need to become an investor. I also feel like it will give me an easier way to dip my toes into real estate. I can start to help others buy and sell property, learn more about various contracts, deeds, taxation policies, and all of that other mumbo jumbo that terrifies us newbies.

Now I know this may horrify some people. It looks an awful lot like paralysis by analysis, and maybe it is. It's probably not the right path for most people, but if you're a bookworm like me, it might be worth a shot.

Anyway, hopefully one of these days I'll get around to pulling the trigger, till then, anyone need some offers written? (Kidding... still on the first course)

Trevor

Hey Trevor,

Though I'm not a newbie investor I'll soon be a newbie licensee. I just finished my fundamentals portion and will be scheduling the exam in another week or two. I need to get some more studying in beforehand. Then I will get in on the practice studies. Unlike you I'm not eager for problems :-) though I LOOOOVE learning new things always; I feel its another way to increase my income and status in this industry. Often I've had leads that I could've sold to agents or buyers looking for properties that were listed (and they{investors} rarely don't mind if its on the MLS). Are you attending class in person or online? I'm using Kaplan which has been great thus far....

Kudos,

Mary

@Trevor Lohman  Congrats on jumping in and getting your license.

I got my license last year for the same reason, to learn about Real Estate.  I learned a lot about selling houses.  I didn't learn anything about investing in Real Estate.  It sounds like you had a much different experience than me.

I did learn a lot from my local REIA. I spent a year there learning and looking to connect with my Real Estate license but did not have any luck. Like you I am using my extra money for other things, in my case I invest in Options. However my account is small so I really don't have much to use.

So my very young experience tells me to offer this advice. Join your local REIA, it is a great place to network and learn about investing. Lastly offer your services as an Agent as often as possible someone needs your services out there. Looking back my mistake has been being a closet Realtor and not offering my services often enough.

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