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Old 09-27-04, 11:00 PM
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A quick bio...I'm 39 years old, married with 2 little ones . I've been with the same employer for 10 years. I like my job, get payed well and I have great benefits. However I work evening shifts from 2p - 10p. I miss my kids at night and they miss me. In addition, I don't see them during the morning when I'm home because they're in school. The responsibility of raising my kids has fallen squarely on my wife, who has a normal 8a-4p job. I've been thinking of becoming a real estate agent as a new career, but I'd like to know before I get too involved whether or not this career would fit my demands for being home at night with my family. Can anyone give me some opinions or personal experience as to whether or not this career would fit my criteria ?
 
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Old 09-28-04, 09:09 AM
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You might check with your friends to see if someone is a real estate agent or knows one you could glean information from.
 
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Old 10-07-04, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by eman7911
A quick bio...I'm 39 years old, married with 2 little ones . I've been with the same employer for 10 years. I like my job, get payed well and I have great benefits. However I work evening shifts from 2p - 10p. I miss my kids at night and they miss me. In addition, I don't see them during the morning when I'm home because they're in school. The responsibility of raising my kids has fallen squarely on my wife, who has a normal 8a-4p job. I've been thinking of becoming a real estate agent as a new career, but I'd like to know before I get too involved whether or not this career would fit my demands for being home at night with my family. Can anyone give me some opinions or personal experience as to whether or not this career would fit my criteria ?
You'll be home alot more than just at night. It's a pretty tough field to break into, and to earn a good living at. You failed to state what all of your criteria are, or if the schedule is the only one.

Lot's of other things to consider with RE. My suggestion to you would be to make the investment in getting licensed, then since you're free till 2 PM daily, try to get sponsored by a brokerage and work part time to start. That will give you an opportunity to feel out the career. Worst case, you're down a few humdred bucks for the licensing course. I'm not sure where you live, but I would assume you have to be licensed to sell.
 
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Old 10-10-04, 12:48 AM
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Check out costs vs benefits before getting involved in real estate. You have to pay for real estate classes, tests, business cards, advertisings in publications, signs, websites, etc. If you are not in a hot market, this might not be the best approach for you. Talk with realtors in your area.

Today when most folks don't have health insurance or benefits and most can not afford them and our political leaders don't really give a hoot and most companies are not protecting employees and retirees and cutting and/or eliminating benefits, I think I'd do further research. Today benefits are like gold and people don't sleep at night because of feel of reduction or cancellation. Business is down and companies are looking for ways to cut ovehead. Employees are necessary but their overhead tends to be overwhelming. Employees tend to think employers are getting rich, but small businesses barely make ends meet. Big businesses pay millions to executives and have no consideration for employees. Many are cutting benefits and/or filing bankruptcy because of employee benefit costs.

Please do major research about this major life decison.
 
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Old 10-10-04, 08:40 AM
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Check out costs vs benefits before getting involved in real estate. You have to pay for real estate classes, tests, business cards, advertisings in publications, signs, websites, etc. If you are not in a hot market, this might not be the best approach for you. Talk with realtors in your area.

Today when most folks don't have health insurance or benefits and most can not afford them and our political leaders don't really give a hoot and most companies are not protecting employees and retirees and cutting and/or eliminating benefits, I think I'd do further research. Today benefits are like gold and people don't sleep at night because of feel of reduction or cancellation. Business is down and companies are looking for ways to cut ovehead. Employees are necessary but their overhead tends to be overwhelming. Employees tend to think employers are getting rich, but small businesses barely make ends meet. Big businesses pay millions to executives and have no consideration for employees. Many are cutting benefits and/or filing bankruptcy because of employee benefit costs.

Please do major research about this major life decison.

It's not such a major decision if he doesn't quit his "day job" before he's sure if RE is for him. He won't be on his own selling, in most states you have to be sponsored by a licensed broker in order to sell. There is a difference between an RE sellers license and a brokers license.
 
 

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