Chris Marston, Student taking RE sales pre-licensing course (None)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's totally your call, Chris.

Some prefer to focus on getting their license, then set up interviews so they can focus on one thing at a time. Others want to know where they are going to land when they do get their license. Whatever works for YOU!

Good luck, whichever you choose.

Sep 08, 2019 09:59 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I'd begin interviewing now. Remember, the broker works for you and you have to find out who will offer you the most for what you need. Money isn't everything to start out with, you want to focus on training and offices that have integrity. You also need to figure out if you want to do residential, property management or commercial real estate.

Best of luck.

Sep 08, 2019 10:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It's totally up to you when you begin interviewing.

Sep 08, 2019 10:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I interviewed prior to receiving my license but that may not work for everyone.  Your real estate education definitely does not stop when you receive that license.  

Sep 08, 2019 10:40 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Here in CT you need a Broker to sponsor you on your license app. So here we would be interviewing Brokers- yes, you interview them- atleast a couple months before you plan on taking your test. 

Sep 08, 2019 10:38 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Before interviewing, start determining what you want in a broker. Just like buying a house, write down your needs, wants, and nice to haves.  Set your priorities first.  Then start doing your research, on-line and with your sphere. What do your friends, family, co-workers, etc.. think about the brokerages in the sales area you are looking to enter? Then start interviewing. And interview with some brokerages that you don't think are a fit. See if your perceptions were correct? Be sure to ask about turnover ratios for new brokers. Ask to speak with recent hires. Ask what they like and where they would like to see improvements. 

One question I always ask towards the end of an interview - "what else should I be asking about; what else should I know about your organization?".  This is the "how do I know what I don't know question".

As to the timing of interviewing - do what feels right to you. You can start interviewing before, during, or after your licensing studies/testing. 

Sep 08, 2019 10:24 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

AFTER you've passed your exams is time to carefully, CAREFULLY research. Create a business plan and see who fits in with it. Then interview. You'll need a broker to hang under, so the hire and licensing is somewhat simultaneous. Now is the time, once you have passed your exams and fingerprinting etc.

Sep 08, 2019 10:11 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Once you have completed all your courses and you are ready to take your real estate  exam.

Sep 09, 2019 04:24 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

When you are ready to go to work Chris Marston .

Sep 08, 2019 07:12 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Interviewing brokers? 

I'd not say you will interview brokers. 

Better to ask to join their company.

1. Get some office near you.

2. Do not hunt for low split. Ask for training. 


Sep 08, 2019 05:59 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Now is the time to begin the interview process. Have your questions ready. Training and support is more important then the split at the beginning.

Sep 08, 2019 12:52 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Ha ha ha

You don't interview brokers. They interview you! :) 

As soon you will pass a state test.

Sep 08, 2019 11:21 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

go with your flow...Your question indicates you are ready.....

Sep 08, 2019 09:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would start now.

Sep 08, 2019 09:42 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Once you pass, start interviewing. Go to a big, medium and small company. Go to a franchise and independent. Ask what they pay, what they charge and what they offer. Hands on Training, support and or mentoring?

Sep 08, 2019 03:15 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would personally start now but it’s really up to you. There is some good information here from others about things to consider. Picking the right office where you can be mentored, have ready access to the broker for guidance, and where you can receive more training as you get started. Good luck! So exciting for you

Sep 08, 2019 01:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if you've passed your exam, you will be in the system with the state once you apply for the license.... even if you have not received it yet....

at that point, you should start interviewing....not before you have your license...

Sep 08, 2019 10:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Sep 08, 2019 06:01 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Here it is best to have your broker picked before applying for the license.

Can I introduce you to a KW broker in your area?


Sep 08, 2019 03:08 PM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

You are good to go now.

Sep 08, 2019 02:18 PM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

I like Mels answer and I would wait until you have your ticket in hand. 

Sep 08, 2019 10:57 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Good question.  There is no set or recommended time that I'm aware of.  In my licensing exam cram class some people already had a Broker who had "hired" them (pending their license).  Some people get their education through Century 21 Real Estate and automatically get hired by that Broker.


You can reach out to different Brokers to see if they'll talk with you and what they're take on things are.  Look for one with training, classes don't prepare you for the real world.

Sep 09, 2019 07:44 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

When you have passed your test, but before you have been given your license.  I get these sorts of inquiries all the time, and typically advise them to consult with one of the "training" brokerages in our market.

Sep 08, 2019 09:16 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Anytime. Often the broker will send you away if not ready.

The first question is are you FULL TIME?


Sep 08, 2019 07:58 PM
Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL


Sep 08, 2019 06:18 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

yesterday .......

Sep 08, 2019 03:30 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

What are you waiting for?  Do your diligent research ... then start making those calls.  I think you've been given some great advise here.  Good Luck in your Real Estate career!  Just remember ... starting out it's not about the money but the training and experience you will gain to be the best you can be.

Sep 08, 2019 03:30 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It's up to you.  I wish you all the best in your real estate career. 

Sep 09, 2019 10:06 AM
Mike Easton
Movement Bank - Charlotte, NC
Creative lending solutions from coast to coast

You should start building connections now with attorneys, mortgage brokers, insurance agents and everyone that will be in your space. Publish some great content about what separates you from your competition. My bet would be that a very successful local homeoners insurance agent could be able to quickly refer you to a great BIC that you'd find a winning combination with.

Sep 09, 2019 06:21 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think you could interview prior to getting your license.

Sep 24, 2019 06:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would suggest interview brokers the week before you take your test.

Sep 15, 2019 08:18 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I you have passed your license exam and you know that your license is on its way, you are clear to start interviewing with brokers to make your choice of what is best for you.

Good luck!

Sep 12, 2019 06:03 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I waited until I was through school but before immediately after the exam.

Sep 09, 2019 07:01 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

This is actually a very important subject.

Why? You simply don't know what you don't know. You will be entering a gun fight with a stick. You can not recognize the lies you'll be told until you are exiting the business thinking you didn't have what it takes.

Here what you should do.

1. Get a copy of "On the Right Track" a guide for those thinking about getting into real estate.

2. The guide directs you to assess your skills, resources, experience and assets that are leveragable in your real estate business.
3. The part most important to you, and relevant to your question is the Real Estate Agent interview scripts. From the lips of the agents near you will come the attributes you MUST MEASURE in a broker. With the ability to apply real objectives measures instead of subjective feelings, puts you in a position to make a business decision  based on FACTS. That is a good habit for businesss folks to develop.

4. Your business plan will clearly show the broker the potential for wealth your presence in that office means. Do not sign with a broker who does not commit to getting you engaged in a transaction within 30 days. Failure to secure such a commitment is a red flag meaning you are simply going to be dumped into the deep end. If you haven't drowned in two years, the broker will try to take credit.

To answer your question, interview with brokers when you have completed the agent interviews and used that information to create your real estate agent business plan.

Sep 09, 2019 06:26 AM