How to become a Real Estate Agent

How to become a Real Estate Agent

How do you get a real estate license? Before I go into the steps, let me preface everything with this… Real estate is a job that takes hard work! If it was super easy people wouldn’t need real estate agents. Yes, there is money to be made and I sincerely hope if you enter the business that you can reap the fruits of your labor to bless your family and the people around you. Em and I truly believe real estate is one of the best vehicles to reach our financial and personal goals. The steps below for attaining a license are specific to PA and my personal experience! If you’re looking for your state’s requirements visit the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (Arello) Website. My 7 Step Journey: I met with people who are already in the industry to learn as much as I could. These were people I trusted and respected, not just strangers trying to sell me their brokerage. I completed 60 hours of classroom work in Real Estate Practices and Fundamentals. I passed the Real Estate Salesperson State & National Exams. I had a background check by the state of PA. I associated myself with a real estate brokerage. I joined the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). I joined the National Association of Realtors. The cost breakdown for entering into real estate is roughly: Real Estate Class                                      $250 State and National Exam                        $56 Background check      ...
Why I love State College

Why I love State College

Seeing that I’ve moved to State College, PA from West Chester I thought it would be fun to share why I am excited to be back in Happy Valley. Here are 5 things I love about State College… Penn State University I’m the third generation of my family to attend Penn State, so blue and white is in my blood. My top three memories that happened on campus would be, beginning my relationship with God in the HUB Student Union Building, watching Billy Joel and Elton John play at the Bryce Jordan Center and camping out all week with my friend’s to get first row tickets for Joe Paterno’s 400th win. Nature State College is amazing in the fall when the trees change colors. There’s an abundance of cool places to hike and explore.  Nothing beats hammocking and reading a good book after hiking Mount Nittany or Shingletown Gap. The Creamery AND Myers Dairy Ice Cream Who needs an explanation for great ice cream? If you don’t know what I’m talking about come visit, I’d love to introduce you to the best ice cream you’ll ever have. The Waffle Shop If you’re looking for your classic breakfast joint, The Waffle Shop is a local staple. Every bible study, book club and business meeting happens here. Looking forward to many morning meetings taking place in this favorite. Festivals and Fairs State College/Centre County is home to festivals and fairs that satisfy every interest under the sun. Some of the main events include the Grange Fair, Arts Festival and Fourth of July Fireworks. I’m a fan of all of them as long as they sell funnel cakes. I share...
Investing Into A Home

Investing Into A Home

The financial side of investing into a home is just as important as building healthy homes because let’s face it…money matters. People want to invest wisely and see their investments grow, especially one as large as a home. This is why I have built a business that works so closely with great mortgage lenders and appraisers. Real estate is a relationship and knowing the numbers makes the relationship and decision making easier for everyone. With the amount of resources available today I can provide a cost for buyers and sellers within minutes to help them understand how much a transaction will cost and what it will take to pay off their investment over time. This part of the journey is so important because without knowing what’s affordable and realistic, it can be overwhelming for clients. Having tracks to run on in the search for their ideal healthy home makes for a much more enjoyable experience! Two Samples: Buyers Estimated Closing Cost Sheet                                                                    Sellers Estimated Net Sheet I love sitting down to hear a client’s goal (their definition of a healthy home), running the numbers, providing the steps to reach their goal and championing the process of decision making with confidence. For some clients this only takes a few seconds, others process differently and need more time… lots of time in some cases, but if the decision is made wisely and with confidence then I’ve done my job. I want to run my business in...
Building a Healthy Home

Building a Healthy Home

What does a healthy home look like for you? Real estate agents have a great opportunity to hear the heartbeat behind a client’s buying or selling decision. So before you begin the home buying or selling process, let’s see what defines a healthy home.To help, start with answering these questions: Why do you want to have your own home? What updates would you like to see in 1, 5 and 10 years? How can your current home help accomplish your next home goals and dreams? What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in? Is there a school system you’d like your children to have? Does it look big or small? What do you want people to feel when they walk in? How do you experience rest? What is the most important room in your home? Where do you want to live? How far do you want to live from work? How close do you want to be from family and friends? How do you see your home being a blessing to others? For buyers, a healthy home might be a secondary house to stay in for football weekends or downsizing to alleviate the hassle of taking care of a larger home. For sellers, building a healthy home could mean moving out to get closer to family or building a bigger home for their growing family. Regardless of the reason, real estate is always more than a building. When I talk about building healthy homes, it really is all about helping clients live healthy lives for themselves and others.   In our house, we love using our home...
My Big Why

My Big Why

Every business and person has a reason for existence. It’s part of their DNA, and gives understanding to why a person or company does what they do. My business operates on the following mission statement: Building healthy homes and profitable investments by empowering clients to make confident real estate decisions. Before I got licensed I knew I loved people. I live for relationships that matter and find great joy in surrounding myself with both strangers and old friends. Ask Emily, every time we go somewhere I meet someone new. She loves this part of my personality except when it makes us late for things. 🙂 I also knew that I wanted to help people make smart decisions in a very intimidating and sometimes difficult process of buying and selling their home. Both of these lead to the ideas of healthy homes, profitable investments and confidence. Growing up, my parents did a great job creating a healthy home where everyone felt loved partially because they bought a home that enabled them to do so. The home was big enough for six kids to grow up in (yes, I’m the oldest of six), in a great school system and in a neighborhood where kids played up and down the street without having to worry about cars zipping through. Today Emily and I seek to create an environment where people feel comfortable using the gifts God has entrusted to us for the service of our family and friend’s. Emily is great at doing this, if you need some proof check out the pics below of how she decorated our first home. Guest...
Establishing The Basics

Establishing The Basics

As many of you know, saying your in real estate can mean a variety of things. Do you focus on commercial or residential? Are you buying and selling properties as an investor or helping other people? Can you work with both buyers and sellers? Can you help renters? Do you focus on a certain style of home or sale transactions? Do you work for someone? Are you on a real estate team where multiple agents work with one client or are you a solo agent? What geographic area do you serve? The list goes on and on because the real estate industry is so diverse and extensive. Here is an outline of some goals for starting my business and developing it as time goes on. Serve both buyers and sellers. (fairly even split to help manage my time and learn). Focus primarily on residential sales and expand into commercial, land and investment transactions. Develop my referral program, Homes Creating Change (HCC), linking buyers and sellers to quality agents in their area. These would be agents who run their business and work with people similarly to me; by having a teachers heart through educating clients and providing top of the line service and expertise. Through HCC, I will personally be donating a portion of my profits to nonprofits that align with my business and matter to my clients. Start as a solo agent who develops a team of leaders to help serve clients in a higher capacity. Focus primarily in the State College/Centre County area. Like anyone starting a business I anticipate there will be some changes over time. Even...