Most people interested getting their real estate license in Kansas want to start with the question of, “How to become a real estate agent?” I’d like to proffer a different question, “Why do I want to become a real estate agent?” And that is the better question here in Kansas, or Missouri or Maryland or Hawaii or, well, you get the idea.
As someone who has been licensed since 2002, is the Team Leader of the Olathe, Kansas Keller Williams and an owner of a property management brokerage as well as a national MAPS Leadership Coach (the coaching wing of KW) I’d like to share with you the most popular reasons I hear for getting a real estate license. After all, I have interviewed literally thousands of would-be and current real estate agents.
CONTROL MY TIME
Well, yes. And no. When you get your real estate license you are opening a small business. If you are going to depend on that business to feed you (and your family?) as well as provide housing, transportation and some of the funner things in life, you better treat your business like a business. This means long hours and hard work for a few years. After you have build a reputation and client base and learned to leverage then, yes, you can control your time. This may take months for some, years for others and never for still others.
If you are working part time or the realtor income will be disposable (extra), then you can be more relaxed and work at hours you pick and choose. In the beginning, there is a direct correlation to how much effort you put in and how much money you will make.
MAKE MORE MONEY or
CONTROL MY INCOME
Considering it takes less than $2,000 to get a real estate license and get started with all the MLS, business cards, etc, this is a FANTASTIC business, returns wise. I’ve seen people walk in the door and make over $125,000 their first year. I’ve also seen people walk in, sit at a desk and look all around the office for a paycheck three weeks later, because that was what they’ve been trained to do in the previous life in the job-world.
Folks, this is a business that a college drop out (or never-was) can earn professional level income. Though lets be clear, it is YOUR own business… and all that comes with that.
“I LIKE HOUSES”
Please. I’m not sure I want to write how I really feel when someone says to me, “Well, I love watching HGTV and I really like houses.” Well, I really like beer but I’m not going to start a brewery. I really like bicycling, but I’m not going to start a bike store.
Listen, if you have the money and the time to just bounce from house to house looking at decorating ideas and if you sell one or two houses a year, GREAT! For most realtor business-people houses quickly become a commodity. A unit. Now don’t get me wrong. Don’t misquote me. I’m not saying that houses aren’t a great commodity. I’m not saying that there is incredible honor and satisfaction in helping people choose, acquire and release a house/home. I’m just saying this is a lousy hobby for most people. So much cost, risk and detail.
There you have it. Those are the TOP 3 reasons I hear people say as to why they want to be a real estate agent.
Should you be a Kansas resident and you do want to know how to get your license, well then watch this video and then click this link and submit your info. We’ll get with you by the end of the next business day, regardless of where you live in Kansas.