If you are looking for a new career in these times of high unemployment, you should definitely consider getting an Illinois Real Estate License. How do you know if this may be a good career to pursue? If you are an active person who likes to be out and about and meet a lot of new people, if you like challenge and a fast pace, then a real estate career may be right for you.
This is a career where you are rewarded for what you produce. It is not a static hourly wage job that pays the same no matter how well, or poorly, you perform. If you’re wondering how well you can be rewarded: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, real estate brokers in Illinois had an annual mean income of $75,490. And according to a salary search compiled by Indeed.com, the average salary for a real estate leasing agent was $57,000. To take advantage of these opportunities you will need an Illinois Real Estate License.
Why is Now A Good Time to Become a Real Estate Broker or Leasing Agent?
The economic recovery currently happening across the US has not passed by Illinois. This state is enjoying a substantial increase in real estate sales and home prices. The Illinois Association of REALTORS announced in July 2013 that real estate sales statewide were up 28.5 percent from the previous year. The association also reported that median home prices rose 14.2 percent during the same time period.
What Does it Take to Become a Real Estate Broker or Leasing Agent?
To become a real estate broker you will need 90 hours of pre-license education, and then pass the state licensing exam. The Chicago Real Estate Institute has two options, you can take live classes in Chicago; you can also study independently right where you live, ending with a 15-hour live interactive class. Please see our courses page for complete details. Our leasing agent course is a 15-hour live weekend class, with an option for independent self study. With these choices you can easily study for your license wherever you live in Illinois.
Why Should You Choose the Chicago Real Estate Institute?
For the past 25 years, the CREI has helped over 8,000 students begin their real estate careers. Our teachers are real estate professionals who take pride in offering their students a one-on-one education. We focus on ensuring that each student receives a solid foundation on which to build their career. In addition to our classroom courses, our independent study options offer this opportunity to students across the state.
If this looks like a great new career for you, contact us and get started right away.