Frequently asked questions


Why should I consider a career in real estate?

Real estate provides an opportunity to run your own business with a minimum amount of up front expenses. Although it's not for everyone, most people like the idea of not having a limit placed on the amount of income they can earn. The idea of flexible work hours can also be a huge incentive. Realtors also have the luxury of actually having a career that they like, not just job to earn income.

How do I get a real estate license?

Be at least 18 years of age. Be a high school graduate or GED. Successfully complete a Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana pre-licensing course, including a final exam for the course. Complete FBI background check (Kentucky only). No felony convictions. No misdemeanors older than 5 years. Pass a state licensing examination.  

How do I take the pre-license course?

You can take the pre-license course at an approved school in a classroom setting or on-line.  When you successfully complete the course, you will be required to take a state exam.  If you pass the state exam you will be issued a salesperson's license. You must be affiliated with a broker who will actually hold your license.

How long is the course?

In a classroom setting, it can be approximately 2 to 6 weeks depending on whether you take day or evening/weekend classes.  In Ohio, it is a 120 hour course. In Kentucky, it is a 96 hour course. In Indiana, it is a 90 hour course.

What will it cost me to get started?

There are several start-up costs when beginning your real estate career. Some fixed costs include: the pre-license course, the state exam & license fee. You may need to make an investment in technology tools such as a mobile phone, computer, digital camera, etc. New agents should always have a least 4/5 months of expenses in reserve. It can take a few months to get your business going.

What type of equipment will I need to get started?

While interviewing with brokers, first determine what is available to you in the office environment. Also note that laptop computers, voice mail systems, and mobile phones are all tools of the leading agents today. Consider these items when planning your budget.

Is it important for me to be technologically savvy?

To be successful in today's competitive marketplace, it is vital to utilize the technology tools available that will help you be more productive and efficient.  You don't have to be a computer geek, but you do need to be willing to learn!

What kind of person does well in real estate?

Almost anyone can do well in real estate. It really isn't a matter of education or superior salesmanship skills. Although these things help, it's more about being committed to your own success and willingness to work hard. At HUFF Realty we've had people from all walks of life become tremendously successful.

How do I get in the business?

Your objective in this business is to assist people through the process of buying or selling homes. The way you accomplish this is by utilizing various prospecting systems that develop potential leads. Your business can come from people you already know or from complete strangers. You will be trained in all aspects of prospecting and sales and will be able to create a career that will be long lasting.

How much money can I really make?

The really depends on you. Realtors are paid strictly on a commission basis, which depending on your point of view can be good or bad. If the idea of being paid what you're worth appeals to you, then real estate is your choice. Most hard-working agents can meet or exceed their required income needs.

Can I still continue doing what I am doing while I transition into my real estate career full time?

In today's competitive marketplace, it is a difficult option to work part-time in real estate. However, some agents do have a short transition period while obtaining their license.

How do I choose a company?

It is important for you to choose a company that meets your expectations in terms of exceptional training, leading technology and marketing, professional office support, and top notch reputation in the marketplace.

Other Questions? Contact Pam Schreiter, HUFF Realty 513-644-4111