You need a license. Go to real estate school You will learn a lot, have access to more buyers and sellers, and probably be more successful that trying to play buyer-seller matchmaker.
No question, you need a real estate license. You might start your new career by reading the Illinois Real Estate License Act. It will answer this question, and many more. Good luck.
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If you pass the test, it is easy, the fee to be a real estate broker is little. You don't have to join any associations unless you want to. You have to take classes to keep your license.keep