Dear Jan: I am good with people and have been told I would make a good real estate agent. What are the requirements to become an agent and how much does it cost? Also, how do I get a job once I am ready? — JED
Dear JED: Real estate agents are under the authority of the state Department of Licensing. In order to get a license (a requirement to work somewhere) you must first be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You must take a series of classes that are approved by the department; 60 of those hours in Real Estate Fundamentals and 30 hours in Real Estate Practices. You must also pass the broker’s exam. The required classes can be taken in person or online. Choose the method that works best for you.
Once you pass the test you may apply for your license. When you do so, you will need to supply your fingerprints on the designated card (Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office can take them for a fee) and pay a fee to the DOL. Once the DOL approves your application, they will issue you a license which you may then “hang” with whatever real estate firm you choose.
It would be a good idea to interview at one or two firms and then, if offered a position, choose the one that is the best fit for you.
Be sure to ask if the firm has a mentoring program. I used to mentor new brokers. It is a huge commitment by both parties so be prepared to be a dedicated mentee.
I’d be happy to chat more if you would like to meet in person (this goes for anyone who has the desire to become a broker; please give me a call). I love what I do. Being a real estate managing broker has brought me great rewards, not only in my career but personally and financially. Good luck if you decide to go forward with this career choice. — Jan
— Jan Zufelt is a real estate columnist for the Kingston Community News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.