- Become a licensed real estate broker. The first step in starting your real estate business is to enroll in coursework and take the required licensing exam. The exact requirements will differ from state to state, so it’s best to contact your state’s real estate commission. Some states have reciprocity, meaning that they will honor your license so that you can work as a real estate broker in a different state. As an alternative, you can simply hire a real estate broker for your new business.
- Decide what kind of real estate business you want. Would you prefer to invest in a real estate franchise, or would you want to begin an independent real estate agency? Joining a real estate franchise offers both the backing of an established brand name and the valuable training and support needed to get your business started. This may be helpful if you want to establish immediate credibility with the clients in your area.
- Source a suitable location. It’s important to know your area well when you are in the real estate market. In fact, take the time to research what the market is like where you’ll be opening your business. Gain insight into what kind of housing is most popular, what neighborhoods are known for good schools and where you can reside comfortably without a car. You will fast become a valuable resource, and clients will turn to you for their home buying and selling needs.
- Create a business plan. As with any business, it is important to develop a business plan that details your financial plan and budget as well as how you plan on running your business. This plan should also include important details, such as the need to purchase errors and omissions insurance to prevent unnecessary lawsuits and whether or not you plan on hiring real estate agents.
- Fund your real estate business. You will need to figure out whether you have enough capital to start up the real estate business on your own or whether you will need a loan. Remember that loans can come from trusted friends or family not just commercial banks.
- Start your marketing efforts. This includes becoming a member of your local National Association of Realtors. By joining a trade organization, you gain both credibility and access to pertinent information such as valuable home listings. You also need to get your name out in the community by engaging yourself in organizations such as your local chamber of commerce.
- Start representing buyers and sellers in your market. Once you have made a name for yourself, clients will start coming to you for their real estate needs. Be prepared to work hard and reap the rewards!
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