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How do I get started in real estate?

May 12, 2011
Maui Weekly

Does this sound like you? If so, you may want to consider a career in real estate.

Simply put, real estate agents are typically independent contractors who work on a commission basis. That being said, depending on the market (and other variables, in some cases), real estate can be a lucrative and rewarding profession, offering the perks of running your own business and assisting people with what is quite often the largest financial transactions in the lives.

Arguably, in real estate, your income is a direct reflection of effort made—and to be successful in this field, effort is non-negotiable. It’s a good fit for me—but it’s not for everyone.

If you’re interested in becoming a real estate agent or broker, keep in mind that the job entails working long hours, building your own clientele, covering business expenses, marketing your services—and at times, exercising an infinite amount of patience. And of course, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of expert negotiation and handling real estate transactions. But if you’re willing to work hard and genuinely care about your clients’ success, you’ll discover a gratifying career.

To become a real estate agent or broker in the State of Hawai‘i, you will need to pass the state’s real estate licensing exam. In order to take the state exam, though, you must attend 60 hours of an accredited real estate training program and earn a certificate of completion (you’ll have to pass a final exam with a score of at least 70 percent). Pre-licensing courses on Maui are offered throughout the year and include the Carol Ball School of Real Estate offered through the VITEC program at UH Maui College, All Islands Real Estate School, the Seiler School of Real Estate and the Hawai‘i Academy of Real Estate.



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