According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the average REALTOR® has nine years of experience. That means many brand new real estate agents are joining the force every year and that many people are changing careers long before they spend even a decade as a real estate agent. The first year of a real estate agent's career is notorious for being the most difficult time, and there are many reasons for this: agents are starting a brand new career, they don't have any practical experience yet, and there's still a lot they need to learn. However, the first year doesn't need to be a slog — if an agent takes the initiative to prepare themselves at the outset, they can increase their chances of being a successful real estate agent for years to come. Keep reading for the eight best tips for getting through the first year as a real estate agent.