The requirements to become a real estate agent are pretty minimal. Just about anyone can become an agent. Succeeding in real estate is another matter. A large percentage of new agents never make it past their second year. Before you launch your career in real estate, try to have enough income set aside to support yourself for two years. This will give you time to get your business going.
Getting your license is the first step to successfully launching your real estate business. It requires taking a few classes and passing an exam. After that, you should consider joining NAR (National Association of Realtors®) to become a Realtor®. While being a Realtor® isn’t required by state regulations, it opens up opportunities, gives you more credibility, and may be a requirement for joining your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) as well as certain brokerages.