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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway

Making a career change doesn’t often happen with a spur of the moment decision. It is generally the result of weeks, months, or even years of dissatisfaction with the status quo. Many people begin to look for flexibility and a better work/life balance. That search often leads them to the doorstep of a new career in real estate. But is it right for you?

Here are 5 reasons that may help you make a decision:

  1. Easy Entry Beginning in real estate isn’t totally a piece of cake, but the education you need to get your license isn’t nearly as challenging or time consuming as law or medical school. If you’re a fast learner and diligent about your studies, getting through the program shouldn’t be too hard.
  2. Double Duty If you’ve already got a job, you can get your license while you’re still working. If you’re like most, you have children and financial obligations to attend to, so quitting to get your license isn’t an option. Instead, work your current job until you get your license, then make the transition.
  3. Flexibility The real estate market tends to ebb and flow, which means that those who need a flexible schedule fit right in. Schedule your personal appointments around your client needs, and schedule your clients around your personal commitments. It can be a bit of a juggling act, but once you get the rhythm down, it will be easy.
  4. Work Hard = Earn More Working as an independent contractor (as most agents do) means that the more you sell, the more you make. There is no salary cap for a real estate agent. That big ol’ paycheck isn’t going to appear overnight, but if you’re willing to put in the time, the effort, and the sales activity, it’s possible to earn more than you expected.
  5. Never Say Die The real estate market never ceases to exist. Even when the market is way, way down, there are still houses to be bought and sold.You may not have as many transactions as you will when the market is way, way up, but as long as you stay prepared and tuned into market trends, you can still survive the lull.

Real estate is a practical choice when it comes to changing careers. Unlike many professions, the barrier of entry is low and the potential for growth is high. Successful real estate professionals come from all types of careers. Success stems from building relationships, paying attention to growth activities, and being willing to put in the effort needed to get the flywheel moving.

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