1. Can I work part-time in real estate?

In a nutshell, no; not for Coldwell Banker First Equity, REALTORS®.  Our agents are dedicated career professionals. We believe Buyers and Sellers are best served by REALTORS® committed to maintaining current knowledge and skills. Amarillo area real estate jobs are demanding and require full-time attention and commitment.  Our biggest challenges occur in those transactions where a part-time agent is representing a buyer or seller.

2. What are my expenses as a REALTOR®?

There are start-up and ongoing expenses that are both fixed (dues, insurance, communication tools, etc.) and variable (marketing, mobile phone, auto expenses, etc.). For a list of typical expenses, please download:

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3. How soon will I make an income? How much can I expect to earn?

First year production is extremely unpredictable. On average, it takes four to six months for a new real estate agent to close their first transaction and receive a commission. First year top-producing "rookies" have earned incomes as much as $25,000 and some more than $40,000. Most second-year incomes range between $35,000 and $60,000.

4. How long does it take to get my license?

That depends on you and how fast you want to proceed. We have had agents complete the on-line educational requirements in as little as two weeks and be fully licensed within 30 days. Or, you can stretch it out for 60-90 days if you are transitioning from another career.  See Texas Real Estate Commission licensing requirements.

5. What's it mean to be an Independent Contractor?

Basically, you are your own boss. You set your own hours, business development practices, pursuit of additional education, account for income/expenses and payment of taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, etc. You are starting a career, opening your own business. Approaching a real estate career as just a job is a formula for failure. However, Coldwell Banker First Equity, REALTORS® will be there to support your business in every manner possible.

6. What characteristics make a good REALTOR®?

Values, Attitude and Personality traits include:

  • A Servant Spirit; puts others' interests first
  • Likes to help Others
  • Dependable and Reliable
  • Self Motivated
  • Good work ethic
  • Persistent
  • Positive
  • Mature
  • Handles frustration well
  • Good Self- Image
  • Outgoing
  • Enthusiastic
  • Committed to Continual Education
  • Independent and Creative

Professional skills and traits include:

  • Organized and Detailed
  • Willing to work long hours, odd hours
  • Strong Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Professional Personal Image
  • Competitive and Goal-Oriented
  • Good Time Manager
  • Results Oriented
  • Problem Solver
  • Committed to a Career
  • Willing to Prospect and Ask for Business
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