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Becoming A Real Estate Agent In Colorado
I think there are many people interested in becoming a Colorado real estate agent. For this reason I write this piece of advice regarding the steps to getting started in this industry, including training, schools, requirements, etc.
First of all, you must visit the Real Estate Colorado Department for asking about licensing requirements. Of course they must have a web site, but may be not everything is available online and a direct contact is the best start. If you cannot pay a visit, write them as they must also have an informational kit they send out by request with many valuable information inside, containing and application forms, etc.
While waiting for that info kit, go contact some local real estate brokers. Most of them are permanently looking for new agents, so they will love to meet you and discuss with you about requirements of a real estate career. Be prepared to ask the main questions you have. Also listen very carefully, they don't like to speak twice.
A very important question to ask the local brokers is about schools. As far as I know there are private real estate schools in every main area. I also think that community colleges offer courses. If you need to find the private real estate schools, search the yellow pages. You must see them after Real Estate - General section. I am sure many of them allow you sample their program or classes.
In most of cases, it takes 1-2 months of classes and then you take the final examination. After you pass the exam, you must activate the license under a local broker. Unless you were born with special sale abilities, now is the time for you to start sales training classes. Be prepared to read a lot as too often the formal sales training classes that do exist don't relate well to the "real" world.
As you can see, there are 3-4 months for classes and training before money will come in your pocket, so be patient and prepare some resources until getting your feet on the solid ground.
This varies quite a bit from agency to agency. A few have formal sales training classes, but most don't (at least in this area). Sometimes the new agent may work with a mentor, or occasionally they'll go in cold and learn on the job, by doing it.
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