So many people are struggling to find a career that they can feel secure in during these tough economic times. One surprising front-runner that is expected to see a lot of opportunity for employment over the next few years is the real estate industry. The real estate market recovery is not a matter of if it will improve, but rather a matter of when the recovery will begin. In many areas, it has already begun. The following are just three of the reasons to start a real estate career right now.
The first reason is simple…there are jobs in real estate. Experts are listing real estate careers among the top jobs for the future. Whether you get a real estate license to become a real estate agent or broker, or you become a licensed real estate appraiser, careers in real estate are expected to be in high demand over the next 5-8 years all over the country.
The second reason to start a real estate career is affordability. For anyone who has ever considered getting a real estate license, this is the time to do it. The cost of the real estate training and the licensing fees combined are far less than the cost of a single semester at a traditional college, so you will not have to start your new career in debt as you would with most college degree programs. Even for anyone simply interested in buying a home or rental property while the pricing and interest rates are low, a real estate license could be a great opportunity. By investing a minimal amount of time and money in getting your real estate license before you buy, you could save thousands at the closing table by keeping your share of the commission rather than paying someone else to represent you.
Finally, the ease and convenience in getting your real estate license is the best reason to start a real estate career. To get your real estate in any state, the basic qualifications are very simple. If you are at least 18 years of age and have no undisclosed criminal record, then you will be eligible to take the real estate courses required by your state to earn a real estate license. Although the actual number of course hours needed will vary from state to state, they can usually be completed in anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months. Online real estate schools, such as RealEstateExpress.com, allow you to have access to your course work and exams at any time of the day or night, so they are easy to fit into your schedule, no matter what hours you keep.
These are just three of the reasons; you could find many more reasons in your own life to guide you toward this decision. Income generating potential, the complete flexibility of a real estate career, the opportunity for advancing your career as you gain experience, becoming a broker or an employing broker; becoming a real estate professional is a great career with huge growth potential. Right now is a great time to start a real estate career.
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About David Goldstein — David Goldstein is an Owner and Founding Partner of Express Schools, LLC. which operates online education providers Real Estate Express, Insurance License Express and License Tutor. Follow him on Twitter.