What are other options? For those that like administrative work and want to learn the business while getting paid, a transaction coordinator may be one way to go. As a transaction coordinator you'll learn the ropes of the business including real estate contracts, escrows, client service among other things and it can be a huge boost of confidence before making the plunge into sales.
Some companies recruit heavily for timeshare. This also can be very lucrative and it tends to come with an initial base salary with prospects / leads generated for you. If you feel like you enjoy closing people for the sale, timeshare sales might be an avenue for you.
Property management is a great role for those that need steady work and don't mind process oriented job functions. Usually sales isn't required and you maintain properties as well as screen tenants as your primary job function. Many have made exceptional careers along this path.
Commercial is an entirely different world where you work with selling buildings, businesses, hotels or lease business space. The real estate community tends to be separate from residential and they have a culture all their own. The industry has produced some mega producers and can be extremely lucrative.
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