“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have always had a desire to write a blog and wanted to combine it with my passion for helping others. So here it is!
I’m a newly licensed Real Estate agent in Virginia. I was in the commercial real estate industry for 18 years and switched to the residential industry almost 3 years ago. I am the Director of Business Operations (DOBO) for a RE/MAX franchise in Northern Virginia. We have 4 offices and 160 of the best agents (and growing).
In my role as DOBO, I am part of the Executive Leadership Team, I assist in recruiting and retaining our agents. My favorite part of the job is on-boarding all of the new agents when they join the company. It’s not just paperwork – I assist the agents by getting them up and running with our company, whether they are brand new or experienced. I also handle all of the company licensing.
I do not need a license for my position, I studied my tail off and took (and passed) the exam on my first attempt for ME. It took me just about 3 months from start to exam completion. I am not actively selling, I have placed my license into Referral status (I’ll write more about that too), which still provides me with some active income!
I wanted to start this blog to help others with their decision to begin a real estate career. There is SO much information floating around out there, so I hope to be a great resource. I don’t plan on sugar-coating anything, that’s not me. I aim to be as helpful as I can by offering advice and tips on several pre and post-licensing activities such as:
– deciding to become a real estate agent,
– the investment involved to become an agent,
– the process of studying (not specific to answering any study questions),
– taking the exam,
– what to do after passing the exam,
– questions to ask a potential Broker,
– and more!!!
I will try not to reference how awesome RE/MAX is to work for, or talk about any other brokerage firms – I may reference some of the wonderful things my company does – but again, it will just be for reference (not for soliciting purposes). Please feel free to ask questions and let me know if there is a topic you would like me to talk about! Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: I will definitely cover national information, but will focus more on Virginia when it comes to state stuff. Please check your state requirements. I will never offer legal advice. My opinions, tips, advice may not work/apply to everyone. Always refer to your class issued materials/instruction and instructors for clarification.
p.s… I love motivational quotes, so you may see some posts on motivation as well!