How to Become a Real Estate Agent with No Experience

Don’t let your lack of experience keep you from becoming a real estate agent! Here are some tips on how to become a real estate agent with no experience in the industry – or a college degree. (That’s right. You don’t need a college degree to become a real estate agent. Instead, real estate agents are licensed by the state, and you can get that license without any industry experience.) Here’s a quick overview of how to get your license. Then, we’ll offer expert advice on how to find real estate jobs with no experience.

Step 1: Meet the Arizona Licensing Requirements for Real Estate

You need to be at least 18 years old and able to provide proof of legal residence in Arizona to begin the real estate licensing process. Here’s what else you need to do to become a real estate agent:
  • Take a pre-licensing course
  • Complete a 6-hour contract writing class
  • Pass an exam based on what you learned in the course
  • Obtain a Level 1 fingerprint clearance card
  • Fill out an application and submit a $60 fee to the Department of Real Estate
We know some of you have not entered a classroom for many years. And you may be nervous about having to learn new material to pass a test. But keep these facts in mind:
  1. You don’t have to know anything about real estate to start your pre-licensing course.
  2. Your teachers will teach you everything you need to know about real estate to pass the test and provide quality service to your clients.
  3. Study materials are available to help you prepare for the test.
  4. You can retake the test as often as necessary until you pass it.
Many people before you have passed the Arizona real estate exam – and you can too! Choose a high-ranked Arizona real estate school to help you through the process.

Do you need a degree for real estate jobs?

No, you don’t need a bachelor’s degree for real estate jobs. In most states, including Arizona, you take a class and pass a test to get licensed as a real estate agent.

Step 2: Join a brokerage.

In Arizona, as in most states, new agents must work under a licensed real estate broker. (Brokers are experienced agents who have taken more courses and passed a broker exam.) Joining a brokerage is kind of like finding a job in that the brokerage has to agree that you are a good fit for their organization. However, you also need to make sure the brokerage is a good fit for you. Ask about their training or mentorship programs for new agents. Pro Tip: Some real estate schools offer career expos to connect new salespeople with brokers in their area.

How do you find real estate jobs with no experience?

Here are some tips for finding a brokerage to work under when starting in the real estate industry.
  • Ask for recommendations from experienced real estate professionals, mentors, and teachers.
  • Attend industry open houses and networking events.
  • Read online reviews written by other real estate agents.
  • Evaluate the brokerage’s training and mentorship programs.
  • Understand the commission structures and fees.
  • Interview multiple brokerages.
  • Understand non-compete clauses or contractual obligations before signing with a brokerage.
  • Trust your instincts!
Don’t worry about your lack of experience if you are starting out in the industry. All those successful, confident real estate agents you see in your community started with a single client.

Step 3: Market yourself.

Being a real estate agent is like owning a small business. With the help of your brokerage, you will develop a marketing plan to promote your services. You’ll spread the word to those in your network that you can help with their real estate needs. You’ll also meet people in your community and network with other real estate professionals until you land your first few clients. Then, by focusing on providing excellent customer service and building solid relationships with clients, you will receive referrals. Before long, you’ll be making good money as a real estate agent.

How do you get experience after you get certified?

Work hard marketing yourself and be patient! Learn as much as you can from experienced agents and utilize all the resources your real estate school offers. Local real estate school instructors know many people in the industry and are excellent resources for career information. Are you excited to become a real estate agent? Arizona School of Real Estate & Business (ASREB) offers self-paced online, livestream, and in-person classes. ASREB has the highest first-time pass rate in Arizona, with 77% of our students passing the real estate licensing exam the first time they take it. We have helped many others learn how to become a real estate agent with no experience, and we can help you, too! Get started with the process today!

Key Takeaways

  • Real estate agents are licensed by the state and must undergo a licensing process that includes coursework, a background check, an application, and a test.
  • You must be licensed and work under the supervision of a broker to be a real estate agent.
  • Talk with several brokerages in your community to find the right fit when looking for a job.
  • Once you have joined a brokerage, market your business to find your first clients.

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