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Have you always wanted to start a career in real estate but found it cost too much money to get started? There’s a solution for that. And it's found in Apartment Locating.


An Apartment Locator is a licensed real estate agent that specializes in apartments, short-term rentals, and rental houses. This is a free service to their clients. 

STOP HERE >>> Do you already have your real estate license? If not, you will want to check out the "How to Get a Real Estate License" page first.


Why Should You Consider Apartment Locating as a Career


Apartment Locating enables you to get started in real estate right away, WITHOUT having to pay the costly board fees that are required to call yourself a Realtor®. Once you have passed your license exam, you are officially a licensed real estate agent! Even without the board memberships! While apartment locating requires a license, it does NOT require membership to a Board and you can start earning money right away*!

Apartment Locating is my top pick for getting started in the real estate market. Especially if you are not financially able to rely on zero income for at least your first six months as an agent.

Being an apartment locator is a great way to build your pipeline, especially if you see yourself becoming a buyer's or seller's agent in the future. Each and every client you help move into a rental property will remember who got them there.

Just so you're aware upfront, some of the benefits of becoming an Apartment Locator include:

  • You are NOT required to join an expensive board

  • You are legally a licensed real estate agent

  • Dedicated to rental market

  • Flexible schedule

  • Referrals create a pipeline

  • You are your own boss and create your own schedule


The sole purpose of an apartment locator is to find a rental property for a prospective tenant.


Your services are always free to the prospect since the apartment complex will pay you for the referral. Typically, one month’s rent. This is covered more in depth in the publication.

When first starting out as an apartment locator, it may seem a little overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be if you know how the following will impact your business: 

  • Send vs. Escort

  • Getting Paid as an Apartment Locator

  • Creating Your Own Resource List

  • Take Advantage of Mentoring and Training

  • How to Start and Expand Your Network Immediately

  • Marketing, Marketing, Marketing

You can learn everything you need to know about starting a career in apartment locating in my book.


You will also find marketing tips, advice to getting started, and so much more. From beginning to end, you’ll find some helpful tips to help you get started with that real estate license.

No classes, no signing up to "learn about locating" and no promises of making six digits a year. The effort you put in is what pays you. Plain and simple. 


Becoming an apartment locator in Texas involves several steps to establish your business and navigate the real estate industry.


Step 1: Obtain Required Licenses:

  • Check with the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) to determine if you need a real estate license. In Texas, apartment locators may operate under certain exemptions, but obtaining a license can enhance your professionalism.

  • If you decide to obtain a license, complete the necessary pre-licensing education, pass the state exam, and apply for your real estate license through TREC.

Step 2: Research and Education:

  • Research the real estate market in Texas, including specific cities and neighborhoods where you plan to operate.

  • Understand the laws and regulations related to real estate and apartment locating in Texas. You may need to obtain a real estate license, depending on your role and activities.

  • Consider taking real estate courses or obtaining a real estate license. While not always required for apartment locators, having a license can provide credibility and open up more opportunities.

Step 3: Develop Your Skills:

  • Enhance your communication and negotiation skills. As an apartment locator, you'll be interacting with clients, landlords, and property managers regularly.

  • Learn about different types of apartments, rental agreements, lease terms, and amenities in various communities.

  • Familiarize yourself with online listing platforms and software tools used in the apartment locating industry.


Step 4: Build a Network:

  • Establish relationships with landlords, property managers, and apartment communities. Building a strong network can help you access exclusive listings and negotiate better deals for your clients.

  • Attend real estate networking events, seminars, and workshops to connect with other professionals in the industry.


Step 5: Set Up Your Business:

  • Choose a business name and register it with the appropriate state authorities.

  • Decide on your business structure (e.g., sole proprietorship, LLC) and complete any necessary registration paperwork.

  • Obtain any required business licenses or permits.


Step 6: Develop Marketing Strategies:

  • Create a professional website showcasing your apartment locating services, including information about your expertise, services offered, and contact details.

  • Utilize social media platforms to promote your services and engage with potential clients.

  • Consider investing in online advertising to increase your visibility and reach.


Step 7: Provide Exceptional Service:

  • As clients reach out to you, listen carefully to their needs and preferences.

  • Research and compile a list of suitable apartment options based on your clients' criteria.

  • Accompany clients on apartment tours, providing insights and answering questions about each property.


Step 8: Negotiate and Facilitate:

  • Assist clients in negotiating lease terms, rental rates, and other aspects of the rental agreement.

  • Coordinate with landlords and property managers to facilitate the application and leasing process.


Step 9: Stay Updated:

  • Keep up with market trends, new apartment developments, and changes in rental laws in Texas.

  • Continuously enhance your knowledge and skills to provide the best possible service to your clients.


Step 10: Client Relations and Referrals:

  • Maintain strong relationships with clients to encourage repeat business and referrals.

  • Ask satisfied clients to provide testimonials or reviews that you can showcase on your website and marketing materials.


Remember that the steps outlined above provide a general framework for becoming an apartment locator in Texas.


The specific requirements and processes may vary based on your location within the state and individual circumstances. Always consult with legal and real estate professionals to ensure you're following the correct procedures and adhering to all relevant regulations.

Why Apartment Locators are Needed

Benefits for Renters:


Time Savings: Apartment locators streamline the property search process, saving renters time and effort in finding suitable rentals.

Expert Guidance: With their market knowledge, locators offer expert advice, ensuring renters make well-informed decisions.

Access to Hidden Gems: Locators often have access to off-market or less-advertised properties, expanding renters' options.

Stress Reduction: Renters experience less stress and frustration by relying on a professional to handle property searches and negotiations.


Benefits for Property Stakeholders:

Increased Exposure: Property owners and management companies can reach a wider pool of potential tenants through the network of apartment locators.

Efficient Leasing: Locators help fill vacancies quickly, minimizing rental property downtime.

Qualified Matches: Apartment locators match renters to properties that align with their needs, leading to higher tenant satisfaction and retention.

Careers in Real Estate

Real estate offers a wide range of career opportunities, each catering to different skills, interests, and strengths. Perhaps Apartment Locating isn't for you.


Here are ten potential real estate careers that are often considered among the best:

1. Real Estate Agent/Broker: Real estate agents and brokers help clients buy, sell, or rent properties. They provide guidance, negotiate deals, and facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers.

2. Real Estate Developer: Developers oversee the planning, construction, and marketing of new properties, including residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

3. Property Manager: Property managers handle the day-to-day operations of rental properties on behalf of property owners. They handle tenant relations, maintenance, and financial management.

4. Real Estate Investor: Real estate investors purchase properties to generate rental income or capital appreciation. They may also engage in property flipping or real estate wholesaling.

5. Real Estate Appraiser: Appraisers assess the value of properties for various purposes, including sales, refinancing, taxation, and legal matters.

6. Real Estate Analyst: Analysts study market trends, property data, and financial metrics to provide insights for investment decisions, portfolio management, and market analysis.

7. Real Estate Consultant: Consultants offer expertise on various real estate matters, such as market research, property management strategies, and investment opportunities.

8. Real Estate Attorney: Attorneys specializing in real estate law handle legal aspects of property transactions, zoning issues, contracts, and disputes.


9. Real Estate Marketing Specialist: Marketing specialists create and execute marketing campaigns for real estate properties, developments, and agencies.


10. Commercial Real Estate Broker: Commercial brokers focus on buying, selling, or leasing commercial properties such as office buildings, retail spaces, and industrial properties.

These careers offer a mix of opportunities for sales, investment, analysis, management, and legal expertise within the real estate industry. It's important to consider your strengths, interests, and long-term goals when choosing a real estate career path. Additionally, keep in mind that success in any real estate career often requires a strong work ethic, networking skills, market knowledge, and a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.

Check out my publication with 100 ideas for getting into the real estate industry without a license! 

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