I am writing because I just started taking my real estate prelicensing education courses to eventually obtain my license in the state of New York. I do not have a real estate background, but have been reading and learning about it for the past 6-8 months and decided this could be a future career for me. I worked with a wholesaler and thought he was pretty shady, and have worked with an agent with whom I hand-wrote hundreds of letters of interest to persons on his buyer lists for cash every week. I live in Pennsylvania, but talked to a prestigious broker over LinkedIn and enrolled in his school to be licensed under his firm afterwards. I am from PA originally, but plan on moving to New York within the next 3 years as I am also a writer and model. I am only in the beginning parts of the courses, learning about licensing types, requirements and regulations, and wanted to know if anyone had any general studying tips or extra reading material they think would be helpful for me. Feel free to even offer an anecdote of wisdom as I embark on this real estate journey. I am enjoying it so far and absorbing everything, but since I don't work in real estate regularly, I keep wondering how I can apply this information in a hands on scenario in real life in order to retain it all more efficiently. Any tips?
I hope things are going well with the course and licensing process.
I think its great you're thinking steps ahead. Sounds like your broker is crushing it in his market and can probably prove to be a great leader. Starting off in the right environment can significantly shorten your learning curve and let you speed through the obstacles that causes new agents to struggle.
One piece of advice is to NOT look at being a realtor as a job. It needs to be seen and treated as a business. This means tracking everything you do with the intentions of building up your systems. There are so many jobs that a real estate agent is in charge of and the better your systems, the more time you have for the jobs that actually get you paid.
Lastly... try to learn and practice each day. Learn by reading, podcasts, networking, coaching, etc. Practice by reviewing scripts, analyzing deals, learning your market(s), etc.
I hope this was helpful, feel free to reach out if you have questions along your journey.
Best of luck to you!