People choose to get into real estate for many different reasons. If you’re thinking about starting a real estate career, it might be helpful to hear from someone who’s been through the process and found success. We interviewed New York City-based associate real estate broker (and Real Estate Express graduate), Brett Walsdorf, to learn about his experience of jumping into real estate. Click the video below to hear his story.
Don’t have time to watch the video? Here’s a slightly shortened transcript from our Q&A with Brett Walsdorf, which you can skim to get the gist (although you will get the most information and value from watching the full interview).
Q: Why did you get into real estate?
A: In college, I was on the finance track and did a couple of investment banking internships in New York City, and I quickly realized that was not for me. I hated being tied to a desk. I have a lot of energy and creativity, and I felt like I couldn’t really explore that in that industry.
Real estate seemed like something I would be interested in, and I actually didn’t jump there right away. After college, my first job was doing finance in athletics. Despite loving sports, I found that it was the same deal. At that point, I realized I wanted to jump into real estate and give it a shot.
Q: Why did you choose Real Estate Express?
A: I was still working at my job at the time, and I wanted to do an online class as opposed to intensive in-person. I did some Google research, and Real Estate Express seemed like one of the best options.
I’ve continued to use Real Estate Express for all of my continuing education and getting my broker’s license. I used Real Estate Express to get my license in California, too, because I’m dually licensed.
I thought the learning material was easy to grasp for me. I felt it was easy to do it from home on my laptop.
Q: What do you love about real estate?
A: What I really love about real estate is you are your own boss. It’s up to you how hard you want to work, how successful you want to be. Being able to create your own business is really valuable and something I really enjoy.
Q: What advice do you have for people looking to get into real estate?
A: I tell people I didn’t do my first sale for at least six months. If you put in the hard work, it will eventually come. But you should be in the position that you can handle that, because it is a fully commissioned business.
I always tell people that it’s extremely rewarding, and I love it. If you’re willing to commit yourself to it and work hard, you can be very successful.