Thinking about real estate as a career? Check your preferences first to avoid making a bad career choice.

If you’re new to real estate. See the preferences below and answer to assure you won’t make a career mistake. 

I just finished my new book, Launching Right in Real Estate: What They Won’t Teach You in Pre-License School.

In the book, I offer several self-analysis tools to help you make the best decision for yourself. Here’s one that should be really helpful.

Before Your Interview

Let’s say you’re getting ready to go into the interview. Do you know what you’re looking for? Use this checklist to decide what kind of company, office, and atmosphere you’ll feel most comfortable in.

Selling vs non-selling manager

You prefer a manager who doesn’t sell real estate (non-competing)

You prefer a manager who sells real estate (may provide a good role model).


You prefer a formalized training program.

You prefer to ‘go it on your own’, with the manager available to answer questions.

Large/Small Office

You prefer a large, busy office.

You prefer a small, more laid-back atmosphere.

Large/Small Company

You like the idea of a large company behind your efforts.

You like the idea of a boutique, specialty company.

Many/Few New Agents

You want to be around other new agents like you, so you prefer an office with lots of new agents.

You want to be with seasoned agents, and would rather be among the few new agents in the office.

Top Producer Assignment

You want to be assigned to a top producer to find out how that top producer works, and perhaps do work for that top producer.

You want to become an above-average producer fast, and don’t want to be in the shadows of anyone else.

Age of Agents

You want to be around people your age.

You want to be around people of a wide range of ages and interests.

Work from Office/Work from Home

You want to work from the office, and have a desk at the office.

You want to work from home.

No Supervision/Management

You prefer little or no ‘supervision’. You’ll go at your own speed.

You want and expect leadership and guidance as you start your career.

Create Your Interview Questions

Armed with the answers to these questions, you can create pointed, focused interview questions to get the information you need. Keep an open mind, though, because you may find you would benefit from certain types of leadership, since you’re going into a new career.

What did you find out? What aspects of real estate will be pleasant for you? What will be challenging? Where do you need help? 

If you’re thinking about a career in real estate, you need this book! Armed with the information here, you’ll find the best interview questions to ask, how to find out what’s important to you–and whether real estate is the right career for you. Buy the eBook now. Click here to find out more.