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At the end of March, I wrote about how I was going to go ahead and make time for myself this year so I could be a happier mom and person in general. I had a few things on my list that I said I wanted to accomplish this year one of which happened to be become a licensed real estate agent in Virginia.
Guess what! I officially started my course via Real Estate Express on the 5th and I am now preparing for my chapter one exam, which means that I am one step closer to being able to take the final exam so I can start my real estate agent journey.
Therefore, today I thought I would share what my first-week experience has been like so far in case some of you are considering this field and I plan to document my entire journey to becoming a real estate agent so others can know what to expect.
It’s Harder Than I Thought
When I first started considering the real estate agent field about 1-2 years ago, I figured that it would be kind of easy – there are just so many real estate agents so how hard could it be?
Well, it turns out that for Virginia you must do a 60-hour pre-license class (I’m about 6 hours in) and once you take and pass the state exam you have to do an additional 30-hour post license class. Sheesh, as a mom of three boys, full-time freelance writer, and lifestyle blogger you would think that would be enough to discourage me. I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked how am I going to find the time. However, I was always told if you want something bad enough you will make it happen AND that’s exactly what I’m doing.
It’s harder than I thought because going in, I thought 60 hours didn’t sound too bad. I figured since I’m up late at night on weeknights anyway instead of productively procrastinating on my business or catching up on television I could just swap it out with studying and it wouldn’t be a big deal. Boy, was I wrong, even in the first chapter you really must pay attention, therefore, the only time I can work on my course is when my house is 100% quiet and have zero distractions. I found this out the hard way when going through one of the units and I ended up having to take the quiz twice to pass it.
So, I pumped my brakes some and now instead of giving myself a month to get through the course, I am giving myself two. According to Real Estate Express, I am right on track with meeting that goal with 10% of the course completed already.
You Will Need Some Things
My second mistake was thinking that I would only need my computer to get through this course. While I guess, it could be done, and Real Estate Express, says all you need is your computer and an internet connection, I find that printing things out works best for me, so I can get in some additional study time without having to be glued to my computer.
Once I started printing things out, though, I realized that I would need some type of way to organize it and I would also need to highlight things that I may need some refreshing on. Therefore, I ended up ordering some binders and highlighters. Also, since I shopped on Amazon I also plan to invest in a hard copy version of the book to eliminate some of the printing and also some additional study books because I definitely want to make sure that when it is time to take the state exam that I pass it on the very first try.
It Gives Me Energy
It’s been a few years since I have last been in school and taking this course has shown me exactly how much I miss it. Yes, it is true that I now have another thing to add to my already hectic schedule, but learning is fun. While sometimes I do get tired when completing the course, most of the time I have a burst of energy when I start because I know that I am getting a little closer to my goal.
Closing Thoughts on my First Week of Virginia Real Estate Classes
Overall, I am happy that I made the leap and started doing these classes for myself. Right now, it might be hard work, but who knows what doors this will open for me in the future. Even if I decide being a real estate agent isn’t for me being able to experience it will be awesome and it will also open more doors for me in my writing career.
Have you ever taken real estate classes before? What was your first week like?