Earn $2,500 a week leasing apartments

If you consistently follow Craigslist help wanted ads for real estate you’ll be struck by the recurring ads for a number of Chicago’s rental services.

You might wonder why it’s necessary to advertise continually to fill positions with the high earnings potential touted in the ads. You might wonder why the many thousands of real estate sales agents who earn far less aren’t rushing to fill those lucrative slots. You might wonder whether you really can earn $2,500 a week renting apartments.

The short answer is “yes, you can.”

The longer and more accurate answer is that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever achieve that earnings level, and even more unlikely that you’ll do so consistently. That’s especially true at this time of year, when the number of renters looking to move drops, and stays low through the winter.

Many years ago Thomas Hobbes perfectly summarized the typical career path for beginning rental service agents at this time of year: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Real estate sales agents recognize that and shun the rental services.

If you’re considering beginning a real estate career as a leasing agent, look for ads for salaried positions with the established management companies. You’ll be given a realistic picture of your earnings potential and will receive invaluable training.

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