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#458867 - 08/23/17 02:34 AM Hybrid Career: Airline Pilot and Real Estate Agent
zVo Offline
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Registered: 08/23/17
Posts: 2
Loc: NW Chicago Suburbs
Hello Everyone,

I am an airline pilot and real estate investor looking to get my RE agent license in IL. I wanted to query the community as to the feasibility of working as an agent along with another career as well as type of brokerage would work best for this path.

I have a minimum of 18 days off a month right now with a lot of other "soft time" built in when I am working. To expound, I can work as few as 12 days a month as an airline pilot -- either flying scheduled lines or 'on reserve.' Reserve means essentially I am home (e.g. not flying) 'on call' and need to be able to report to the airport within 2 hours in case another pilot gets sick, gets in a car accident, etc. and the company needs a replacement. Given my seniority, I will be one of the last people to get called in, thus I am gone 3-5 days a month when on reserve. I get paid full-time to be on reserve, thus I feel this would be a great bridge into getting into work as an agent before potentially going full-time as an agent.

My biggest question is this: what type of brokerage would work best with someone going this route?

I've heard of brokerages that are very rigid (regular office hours, mandatory scheduled training, etc.) that probably not work 100% of the time with my airline job. I do know that part-time agents exist, however, I feel like I'm different than your typical part-time agent that can only work nights and weekends. I'd be interested in working at a brokerage that has training opportunities, allows their agents to be their own boss by not adhering to strict office calls / office hours, and, as an added bonus, may include tech tools (CRMs, DotLoop, etc.) within their brokerage fees.

#458869 - 08/23/17 05:42 AM Re: Hybrid Career: Airline Pilot and Real Estate Agent [Re: zVo]
Vermont Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 7868
Loc: Vermont's North-East Kingdom
I don't think you'll have a problem at all in finding a Brokerage to take you on . . . . after you have your License requirements out of the way.

I'd focus on the professional community and higher end markets . . . . where people aren't in quite the same rush to find replacement housing, and are much more attuned to accommodating the scheduling requirements of the people they do business with . . . . ie normal business etiquette.

Hopefully . . . . Real Estate won't consume ALL of the 18 days you have available each month, just that which allows you to feel just as productive as you feel the need to be.

One good thing . . . . no forced retirement in Real Estate because of age (yet); you can continue on in this endeavor until you're dead (if you enjoy it) !
Dale C. Hittle of GOLDEN RULE PROPERTIES in Glover, Vermont
Where We're Always Striving To Put Together "THE FAIR DEAL"

#458873 - 08/23/17 07:09 AM Re: Hybrid Career: Airline Pilot and Real Estate Agent [Re: zVo]
zVo Offline
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Registered: 08/23/17
Posts: 2
Loc: NW Chicago Suburbs
Thank you for the response.

That is one of the allures of real estate -- I am forced to retire as an airline pilot by age 65. It's nice to have the option to still work beyond that point if needed.

I appreciate the advice -- that does seem like the best option. The particular area I am going to market myself in fits more of the professional crowd demographic, so that sounds great.

#458879 - 08/23/17 12:28 PM Re: Hybrid Career: Airline Pilot and Real Estate Agent [Re: zVo]
David Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 1640
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
If I were you I'd go try to find a team to work with, or become an assistant to a top agent in your area. So when you have clients but are gone for 12 days you're "team" can take over.
David Hunter | Retired RE Agent |Direct-Response Marketer

#460918 - 03/16/18 09:28 PM Re: Hybrid Career: Airline Pilot and Real Estate Agent [Re: zVo]
JennyB Offline
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Registered: 03/16/18
Posts: 2
Loc: Minneapolis, MN
It can be done. one of our flight attendants at my company is doing it. She's have quite a success with it, While she mostly gets new hires who are relocating to base. She has a few non-airline people as well.


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