|You want to Become a Real
Estate Agent -
The buying or selling of a home or an
investment property is usually the largest
financial transaction that most people make
during their lives. It is important that
customers receive quality advice and service
from professionals. You could be that
- Do you have the desire to succeed?
- Do you want to earn money based on your
- Do you want flexible hours?
- Do you want ever-increasing professional
- Is customer satisfaction and support
important to you?
- Do you want to develop more technical
- Do you want to develop more
- Do you like personal satisfaction of a
job well done?
- Do you want to enjoy what you do?
- If you can answer "Yes" to
the above, real estate may well be the
place for you.
- Are you self-motivated?
- Do you have a sense of humor?
- Can you listen?
- Can you build rapport and acquire
- Can you be assertive, yet sociable?
- Are you technically savvy and/or are
committed to learning more?
- Are you dependable?
- Is yours a "can-do" attitude?
- If you can answer "Yes" to
these questions, you have a chance to make
a career of it.
Historic Properties is committed to agents
who want to accomplish more in their life than
just "doing a job." We seek
people who have a passion for what they do -
both for themselves and for their customers.
What You have to Do -
Becoming a real estate agent starts with
studying to take a State-certified exam.
Classes are available from a variety of
sources in this area:
- Real Estate Schools - see Moseley.org
- Night classes at both Lord Fairfax
Community College and John Handley H.S.
- Online - search on "Real estate
- Local Real Estate firms
The classes require 60 hours of study,
on-going testing of the material, then a final
exam. When study/class portion is successfully
completed, you must apply to take the
Upon successful completion of the State
exam, you can become affiliated with a real
estate firm as a real estate agent. Typically,
this association is based on you being an
independent contractor (self-employed), but
you MUST be associated with a licensed Real
Now the real world begins. When you join a
firm you will begin the process of joining a
Multiple Listing Service, a local Association,
the State Association, and the National
Association, - about $1,000 in the first year.
Are these necessary? If you really want to do
business - YES. Are they beneficial? - you
bet! It's just a cost of doing business.
And finally - you need to kick start that
"can-do" attitude and start working.
What We have to Do -
So now you have the "book
knowledge" of basic real estate law,
ethics, and definitions. What about real
transactions? How many pages are in that
contract? And what other forms do I need? How
do I find clients? What do I do when one
actually appears? These are the things that
Historic Properties will help you figure out.
Every new agent is schooled in the basics
- the standard Virginia Association
Realtors and the Northern Virginia
Association Realtors contracts and forms,
- prospecting for and maintaining clients,
- customer service,
- maintaining adequate business records,
- computers, software, and internet
Agents are the real assets of Historic
Properties. Any firm, large or small, is only
as good as its staff. You want to work for a
well-managed firm. We want your efforts to be
meaningful to you - and to us - both
monetarily and personally gratifying.
are looking for quality!