Becoming a Real Estate Agent

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My name is McKinsey Alston, and I grew up in Moorestown, NJ where I learned the nuts and bolts of the real estate industry. My story started on clean-up duty inside Victorian homes and rooftops throughout Philadelphia and South Jersey, while working for my father’s restoration company. My love for all things real estate continued throughout college and into the early years of my professional career as I learned how to buy, sell, and rent real estate from investors and agents throughout the region. Fast forward to June 2017, my wife and I decided to purchase our first home in the Olde Kensington part of Philadelphia. During this process, I fell in love with the entire real estate process and decided to take the realtor’s exam for Pennsylvania but needed to take a 10-week course before being able to sit for my license. Earning my real estate license brought me back to my time in my master’s program at Widener University. I took a real estate class where I learned all the legal terminology and how to become a strong realtor by the book. This course lasted 10 weeks and I logged 65 hours before sitting for an exam to earn the right to sit for the 110 question National (80 Questions) and State (30 Questions) exam. 

After passing my exam, I started working for a small boutique broker in the city of Philadelphia and spent most of my time as a rental agent. After selling a handful of homes and working with over 40 rental clients, I decided that I wanted to invest more time into growing my real estate business. Once I made that decision, I did two things that I believe will help me serve my clients to the best of my ability in 2021 and beyond. 

  1. Earned my Real Estate License in New Jersey to expand my real estate business 
  2. Joined eXp Realty which is a global online brokerage

After earning my license in New Jersey and joining eXp Realty, I am now proudly serving Philadelphia, South Jersey, and the Jersey Shore. With new resources and hours of training available to me on a weekly basis, I am excited to serve more buyers, sellers, and renters in 2021 and beyond. If you decide to become an agent, you need to be 100% committed to growing your business to provide exceptional service to your clients. If you are working with a buyer, seller, or renter, make sure you layout how you are going to serve your client to ensure they achieve their goals. Real Estate is a continuous process and as Martin Luther King Jr said, “you have to keep moving forward.” 

If you can’t fly then run,

If you can’t run then walk,

If you can’t walk then crawl,

But whatever you do,

You have to keep moving forward.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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