These women switched careers with the LAH School of Real Estate. Here’s why.


Ginger Busby and Maria Kilmer, real estate agents with LAH Real Estate. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Looking for a flexible career that allows you to choose when & where you work? Do you like meeting new people and being your own boss? If so, a career in real estate might be the move for you. We met with two local real estate agents who made a career change with the help of the LAH School of Real Estate to learn more!

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What is the LAH School of Real Estate?

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Ginger Busby and Maria Kilmer, real estate agents with LAH Real Estate. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Let’s be real: starting a new career, especially one in real estate, can seem intimidating. After all, you’ll be working with properties that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars—and sometimes more. And before you can get to that step, you’ll need to study for and pass a state certification.

However, the perks of working in real estate are definitely enticing. As a real estate agent, your day will never been the same. You’ll be able to set your own hours, meet new clients, show off different homes and have the reward of helping your clients through one of the biggest decisions of their lives. And the money can be pretty good too!

If you’re looking to launch your career in real estate, there’s no better way to get started than the LAH School of Real Estate. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional looking to make a career change, the LAH School of Real Estate is here to help guide you through the process.

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Here’s What Students Have to Say

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Ginger Busby, a real estate agent with LAH Real Estate. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

A Birmingham resident for 22 years, Ginger Busby lives in Mountain Brook with her husband, two children and two rescue dogs: Dollar and Millie. Before making the career switch to real estate, Ginger worked in the oil & gas industry as a land and legal analyst—dealing with contracts and negotiations. With that background, Ginger felt like residential real estate was a natural next step.

How did you hear about the LAH School of Real Estate? Why did you decide it was a good fit?

Ginger: “I knew about LAH Real Estate beforehand, so I visited their website and saw their school of real estate. I loved the flexibility of having all-online courses! The lessons are very thorough, and take special care to explain the concepts and calculations. Many of the questions are worded similarly to questions on the actual real estate exam, so you truly feel prepared.

How long did it take for you to complete the course?

Ginger: “Before starting the course, I told myself that if I was going to be serious about a career in real estate, I needed to finish in a reasonable amount of time so I wouldn’t forget anything. For me, that time was a five-week deadline—but students are able to take up to nine months to complete the course. I set aside three to four hours a day to work through the course material. I did that seven days a week for four weeks. Then, I studied a week for the exam. I ended up passing on my first go-round.”

Is there any reason to be intimidated by real estate?

Ginger: “Most people that I speak to about real estate are hesitant because they think it involves a lot of math. Really, the focus is not on math. Real estate is mainly about representing your client respectfully and helping them make the best choices for their goals.”

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Maria Kilmer, a real estate agent with LAH Real Estate. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Originally from Mobile, Maria Kilmer is one of the newer agents to join the team at LAH Real Estate. Maria previously worked in education and public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and most recently as a stay at home mom and school volunteer. When she’s not studying up on the Birmingham real estate market, you can find Maria spending time with her family: her husband, her son, two kitties and a pup!

Why did you decide to switch to a career in real estate?

Maria: “I was drawn to real estate because it’s more flexible for family life. My son doesn’t quite have his drivers license yet, so I’m still spending a lot of time with him. Plus, it’s a fantastic time to get into real estate because the market is so good. Homes are in such high demand right now, so agents are very busy and have plenty of work to do.”

How did you hear about the LAH School of Real Estate?

Maria: “A few years ago, my husband and I sold a house with the help of an agent from LAH Real Estate. He told us exactly what we needed to do in order to get our home to sell, and he was just so professional and polite. When I started thinking about a new career, I immediately thought about LAH Real Estate. I looked online, found their School of Real Estate, and signed up!”

What did you like most about the program?

Maria: “Since the courses are all online, I could take them at my own pace—which is fantastic for a stay-at-home-mom. Plus, the courses make sure to repeat the same content until you have mastered the concepts. It’s like taking a class AND studying AND reviewing all at the same time.

I really, sincerely believe that LAH Real Estate is a great choice for anyone considering a new career in real estate. With their school they’ve made it so easy and fun to get into the industry. We’d love to have you on our team!”

Take the next step with the LAH School of Real Estate

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Ginger Busby, a real estate agent with LAH Real Estate. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

“I have truly enjoyed my transition to real estate and I would recommend the LAH School of Real Estate to anyone who is interested. If you have any questions about the industry or the LAH School of Real Estate, please feel free to reach out to me!”

Ginger Busby, LAH Real Estate

Want to learn more about the LAH School of Real Estate? Be sure to reach out to the program director, John Holley:

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Senior Content Producer with Bham Now | Originally from Tennessee, Nathan moved to The Magic City after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College. Nathan is passionate about recognizing Birmingham's history and is thrilled to learn more about the big things planned for The Magic City's future.

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