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Your Journey to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

You’ve taken your first step to starting your career in real estate! The flexible schedule, unlimited earning potential, and opportunity to meet new people and make a difference in their lives has brought you to this point. Now is the time to find out more information about the process, the importance of the right broker, the benefits of tools and the importance of a support system with trainings and mentors helping you along the way.

If you are a visual learner, you can attend one of our upcoming free career seminars that provides a more hands on experience.

Is a Career in Real Estate for You?

It can be a hard decision on whether to start down the path towards a career in real estate, but Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors offers you an assessment of your skills, values and philosophy to help you decide. It only takes 10 minutes to see how you compare to other successful real estate agents. Get your questions answered at!

As you navigate through the steps to becoming a REALTOR®, we would be happy to answer any questions you have. You can contact our Director of Career Development directly at 563-441-5102 or send an email.

We look forward to helping you along your journey to becoming a real estate agent with Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors!

How to Obtain Your License – Entering the Field of Real Estate

Ruhl&Ruhl provides the step-by-step process for entering the field of real estate and can explain in detail how to obtain a real estate license. Since real estate is a commission-based business and you will have a significant investment of time, energy, and money, it is recommended that you talk to a real estate broker about joining a company before you pursue your real estate license. This assures you that you have a place to hang your real estate license after working so hard!

Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS is licensed to practice real estate in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Click below on a state to learn the details of how to obtain a real estate license and get started on entering the field of real estate.

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Our goal at Ruhl&Ruhl is to provide you with the best experience when starting your career in real estate. This includes hosting free career seminars to give attendees an overview of what to expect from a real estate career. These seminars gives you the opportunity to hear about the process, requirements and benefits of being a real estate agent from current agents and managers. We offer local career seminars throughout our market in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. If you don’t see a career seminar in your area, contact Darcy Holle at 563-441-5102 or by email to find out when we will be in your area next. Our current upcoming free career seminars are:


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When choosing a career in real estate, the most important decision you make is choosing the right broker. So, you may be asking, why join Ruhl&Ruhl? We believe in hiring talent, giving you the best tools and training in the business to achieve your goals, and celebrating your success. We provide unparalleled opportunities to grow in your real estate career professionally and personally – to get the most out of life and help you realize your dreams! Here are all the reasons to join Ruhl&Ruhl and why choosing the right broker is the first step to success!

For over 150 years, Ruhl&Ruhl has been providing quality real estate services. Our reputation in the industry helps attract and retain outstanding sales associates. In fact, Ruhl&Ruhl associates have one of the highest per agent productivity in the country!

Founded in 1862, the Ruhl&Ruhl name provides instant recognition and the reputation of one of the oldest and most respected real estate companies in the region. When considering a real estate career, you want to work with a company that has stability, is financially strong and has substantial sales growth – you will find all that and more with Ruhl&Ruhl!

Ruhl&Ruhl is successful because our people are. Their broad knowledge, experience, hard work and dedication to providing quality real estate services produce the results that make Ruhl&Ruhl a recognized leader in the country. Everything we do – from our President's open door policy to providing personal support – is with your best interest and success in mind. When you join Ruhl&Ruhl, you truly become part of our family.

Ruhl&Ruhl sets the precedent for real estate training and coaching in our industry, with an incomparable menu of in-house programs for beginners and seasoned sales associates alike. In fact, we have an entire university dedicated to it.

Ruhl University comprises all the real estate training, courses, seminars and materials Ruhl&Ruhl offers its agents to continue learning and growing. We provide our agents with the best and most up-to-date information on the real estate market and customer service techniques.

Education classes and courses are continuously available to our agents. These classes range from new lead paint rules and regulations to buying and listing practices. Seminars are provided to educate our agents on the different aspects of real estate, from investing in real estate and ways to enhance your website, to creating the best listing presentations and working with REO’s.

NINJA training gives our agents a new level of success. This mentoring program creates a highly productive agent that strives to be the best in their field. Those that have participated in a 4-day NINJA Installation have increased their business and maintained a better balance in their life.

Ruhl&Ruhl is hands-down the most technologically-advanced real estate company in the region. We pride ourselves on providing the latest tools and technology so you can be the market leader. In addition, we try to make it as simple and automated as possible, so you can be out in the community working on your business, instead of behind a desk all day.

Exposure for all area properties is optimized on our state-of-the-art website,, with over 3,500 visitors daily. As a Ruhl&Ruhl agent, you have the opportunity to customize a personal website, with all listings and leads going to you! Seller Reports, detailing your listing’s online hits are emailed to your client each week, helping to keep them informed throughout the selling process.

Our cell phone app, mobileRuhl, allows agents and consumers to search properties from anywhere through their cell phone, providing property details, photos, map views and community information on the go.

Ruhl&Ruhl's Intranet gives you to access to e-mail, forms for listing and selling properties, buyer and seller packets, subdivision covenants/plats, listing presentation materials, statistics, links, logos and so much more from wherever you are – allowing you to conduct business from home or anywhere in the world.

Marketing is the name of the game in your real estate business. Ruhl&Ruhl supports our agents with a wealth of professional and innovative real estate marketing products and tools, helping to keep you in touch with your clients. Consistent, customized marketing materials, including postcards, brochures, flyers and newsletters are available to you at any time or place from our Intranet and up to 125 pieces of marketing materials are mailed for you each week at no cost!

Your clients will find great value in our quarterly newsletter, Real Estate Facts & Trends, which provides an update on real estate trends and an outlook on what’s happening in each of our markets. These can be personalized and mailed for you to your clients, family and friends. In addition, several email campaigns are available for your use at any time to stay in touch with your clients.

In addition, we are continuously working to direct a steady flow of traffic to our website and to our company, in order to generate leads for you and showcase your listings. We work tirelessly to be in the forefront of all marketing trends. For example, we were among the first real estate companies with staff dedicated to social media, maintaining our Facebook page , Twitter and our blog .

Through well-targeted use of consistent advertising and customized marketing materials, you can grow your business to new levels while maximizing service to your clients.

At Ruhl&Ruhl, we uphold the philosophy that we work for you, our agents, not the other way around. Our managers are your real estate coaches, helping lead you through the challenging parts of the business and celebrating your successes. This is a rarity in the industry, and a luxury for our agents. Office managers share their market expertise, skills, experience and passions with you, helping to mentor and coach you to achieve your personal best. You will receive the expert and timely attention you deserve.

In addition, there is a support system of departments ready to assist you. From IT and Marketing, to Legal Compliance and Relocation, each staff member is on call to answer questions, lend support, offer training, be an additional real estate coach and be present in all of our offices.

At Ruhl&Ruhl, we consider ourselves family. That means we care. We are concerned about what's important to you, your success and most importantly, you as a person.

Is Real Estate for you? Real Estate Offers a Lifetime of Rewards

A career in real estate offers a lifetime of rewards - you'll connect people to the dream of homeownership and get paid for doing it! And you'll look for new ways to stand out and challenge yourself to exceed the expectations of those you serve – all on your own schedule.

But is real estate for you?

Did you know that some of our most successful agents come from industries and jobs that are not related to real estate? Did you know that more than 70% of people in the United States are in the wrong job and languish in their day-to-day work? Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up every day and be excited knowing you have the ability to decide how much you will earn and how you will earn it? Real estate offers all of these possibilities and more!

The real estate profession is both challenging and rewarding. Real estate is for people who want to own their own business, are able to manage their time and are accountable for themselves. Real estate is for people who are motivated and want to end their day knowing they have helped people realize their dreams.

Top-producing sales professionals share specific skills and characteristics. They are honest, willing to work hard, highly motivated and organized, and truly enjoy interacting with others. If you are considering a career in real estate, we invite you to take this assessment to see – is real estate for you.

For further details, or to register for an upcoming career seminar, contact:

Darcy Holle
Director of Career Development
Direct: 563.441.5102
Toll Free: 877.323.8392

There are several start-up costs of beginning your real estate career. Fixed costs include: Pre-license course, state exam, license fee, joining your local Board of Realtors and its Multiple Listing Service. You may also need such tools as a cell phone, laptop computer, etc. Your real estate Broker will discuss required and optional costs of a real estate career.

The fixed costs of beginning your real estate career vary between states and Board of Realtors. Click on a preferred area to obtain anticipated costs associated with your initial investment.

Cedar Rapids
Iowa City
Jackson County
Quad Cities – Iowa
Quad Cities – Illinois

There are many reasons why a real estate career with Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS may be the right choice for you. But don't take it from us. See what other successful realtors share about why they have made Ruhl&Ruhl their home.

"One of my top reasons I chose Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS was its good name and reputation. I wanted to work for a larger company that was on the cutting-edge of technology and a leader in the industry. Ruhl&Ruhl was the only choice that fit these criteria. Ruhl&Ruhl made this transition flawless and assisted me through the move. I would recommend Ruhl&Ruhl to any new or experienced agent. I only wished that I would have made the move years ago!" Jane Bauman, Bettendorf Office
"I left a successful job to start my real estate career at Ruhl&Ruhl 19 years ago. I've never looked back. I chose Ruhl&Ruhl because of their reputation as a fair and honest company, believing I would fit in well there and I have. I've had many opportunities to switch companies over the years, but never once considered it. If I could create a real estate company today, knowing what I know and with all the experiences I've had, I would create a company just like Ruhl&Ruhl. Fortunately I don't have to!" Matt Schwind, Bettendorf Office
"Ruhl&Ruhl has been a great company to work with, and I’m proud to be a part of the Ruhl&Ruhl team. Ruhl&Ruhl has given me the opportunity to grow, both professionally and, as a productive citizen. At Ruhl&Ruhl, we are given many great tools to assist us in being the best at what we do, always striving to exceed the expectations of our clients and customers. I was in a different career for 17 years before coming to Ruhl&Ruhl & I’ve never looked back!” Jolean Overton-Austin, Davenport Office

Our goal is to increase our agents' income per hour, so they can live magnificent lives.  Here is what our agents accomplished in 2016!

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