The real estate agent profession remains very popular. There are very few industries where you can broker the sale of such big ticket items without years and years of experience. Getting started as a real estate agent is not easy. There are many expenses, licensing requirements, a learning curve and the need to build a network.
We would love to hear your thoughts on what it takes for getting started as a real estate agent.

Here is a monster list of 60 keys to getting started as a real estate agent.

1. Especially when getting started as a real estate agent treat real estate as a profession, not a hobby
2. Focus on both leads and listings, buyers and sellers
3. Put in the hours
4. Remember that you are an entrepreneur
5. Be open to clients and opportunities at all times
6. Measure and evaluate your performance
7. Set concrete, time-specific goals for improvement areas
8. Research trends, practices, and conventions in your local market
9. Know that you may work weekends
10. it is important when getting started as a real estate agent to have some savings to live on for the first 6 months
11. Be a cheerleader for what you do
12. Start prospecting and don’t stop You will always need to prospect. For some strong advice on how to prospect, check out:
13. Use a CRM even when getting started as a real estate agent
14. Invest in your business and in your education
15. Consider a real estate coach
16. Do the stuff no one else wants to do
17. Work harder than your competition
18. Build Your Network For a step by step networking guide, please go to
19. Get involved in your community
20. Join your local realtor’s association
21. Get to know public officials
22. Volunteer
23. Join a mastermind group
24. Participate at your child’s school
25. Join the board of an organization you care about
26. Treat everyone you meet as a potential client
27. Use a personal touch to stay connected with former clients
28. Maintain a presence online For eight excellent tips, see
29. Preserve your reputation by focusing on quality, not quantity
30. Embrace your personality
31. Promote causes and organizations you believe in
32. Be friendly, but professional
33. Build and keep up relationships with coworkers
34. Seek mentors, share concerns
35. Shadow and request feedback from more experienced agents
36. Research and talk to top producers in your community/region
37. Embrace Technology
38. Setup a website to build your brand and drive leads
39. Use a CRM to keep track of clients, listings and deals
40. Consider syndicating your listings for greater reach
41. Consider Craigslist to get buyers and sellers
42. Become a master of lead generation
43. Learn how to do SEO
44. Think in terms of building good systems so you can focus on creating relationship and closing deals
45. Set up your profile on the major social media sites
46. Educate yourself with books and blogs
47. Take classes and talk to more experienced tech users
48. Attend conferences to keep abreast of emerging trends
49. Recruit experts to help you build your technology portfolio
50. Market yourself with social media and networks
51. Get comfortable with smart phones, mobile technology
52. Use video
53. Don’t be a Luddite!
54. Choose Your Broker Wisely
55. Research company earnings
56. Research company clients; compare to your preferred niche
57. Research company, agent reputations
58. Compare franchise agencies with local/family-owned in your area
59. Interview brokers regarding:
Commission splits
Technology/administrative support
Marketing/advertising budgets
Training and education programs
60. Interview other agents regarding:
General satisfaction
Company culture
Management styles
Future plans

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