For self-starters and good listeners, mid- life career change can sometimes lead to six-figure payoffs
Few fields are as welcoming to midlife career changers as real estate. The National Association of Realtors says that the median age of its members is 52, and that only 5 percent report real estate as their first career.
Thinking about making the switch? While licensing requirements vary by state, all require a class and exam. (To learn more, go to the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials.) Beyond licensing though, pros say certain skills are a must to make the transition a success. You’ll need the ability to…
- Translate previous careers into real-estate strengths.
- Find financing for the early years.
- Be willing to work long, hard hours.
- Sharpen your listening skills.
- Fan your entrepreneurial spark.
- Tolerate some bad days.