just starting out
Hello! thank you in advance for any information that you can share with me. I’m located in the Chicago area and want to stat in the Real Estate field(always seen myself doing so) and plan to register for a school in Sept. Not sure about if it matters the school you attend, 17yrs ago I completed the course at Coldwell banker. Since this is my life’s second career decision I want to make the best of it by becoming very knowledgable and successful doing so. I also want to kmow if working for a large well know Brokerage firm is a better choice starting out or if smaller high pace companies will do. Just need a little help being pointed in the right direction, honestly and none biased!
Thanks for visiting our site and posting on the forum. In my experience, most real estate schools in an area offer the same curriculum and the difference is really with the teachers, and unfortunately, you can’t really know who is going to be teaching and their teaching style until class begins. If it makes you more comfortable, you could call a few schools, visit them and see which one you like best. You could also call some of the brokerages that you’re thinking of working for and see which schools they recommend. Just make sure the school is accredited and that their curriculum is accepted by the real estate commission in Illinois.
When deciding on a real estate broker to work for, I recommend going to a few interviews and getting a feel of the office, the people working there, their commission splits, and their training programs. Since you haven’t been in the business for a while I would recommend joining a company whose agents are actively engaged in office activities, they offer training, and weekly meetings and also have a presence in the area. There are pros and cons to boutique brokerages and large brokerages. Typically, a client will choose to work with you more based on your knowledge and personality than what brokerage you work for. Hope that helped.
All the best,