I'm 20 and have been in cre for 2 years working together with a reputable agent sending him leads and maintaining a strong database of property and owner information in turn getting referral fees for closings (he's paying for the software). Going into this relationship he gave me the impression I'd be able to transition into working with his clients to close deals but clearly there's a conflict of interest. Let me add that I have a strong personal relationship with this guy but I feel I've become too valuable to his business for him to give me a straight answer on where I should focus my efforts outside of our partnership.
I feel that I can continue this business model individually on a larger scale (with multiple brokers in other cities in my state) because I have an eye for property and know how to talk on the phone. At the same time I feel I need to take the next step, work the whole process, and close a deal with a buyer but feel unconfident because of my age and lack of experience. Maybe try to join a brokerage as an associate and work my way up?
I'd love some criticism from people deep in the game. Keep on with my current gig and see where it goes, do my own thing, or try to get on a different route? Thanks.