A career in real estate can be rewarding. You may have friends or family members in this profession who constantly talk about how great it is and tell you to give it a try, as well. You often have a great deal of flexibility over your hours and potentially over how much money you can make. Before you get to that stage though, you will need to know how to get a real estate license.
Requirements in Your Area
Each state has different steps you must complete to become a real estate agent. Explore your local realtor’s association website for more information regarding your state’s specific requirements. You can find lots of discussion on the internet, but be sure you search for your own state prerequisites so that you know what it’s going to take.
You will need to take a real estate salesperson exam to get your license, but first, you likely need to go through a course to learn all aspects of selling real estate in your state. There are many courses to choose from in most states, and some are online. Explore your options carefully, then choose the best course – number of class sessions, class times, costs – that is right for you.
State Licensing Exam
Once you’ve completed your pre-licensing course, it’s time to take your exam. The exact cost and length of the exam will vary from one state to the next, but in general, you can expect to pay between $15 and $60 to take the exam. The exams generally range in time from one-and-a-half hours to as long as three plus hours to complete. After you finish the exam, and assuming you passed, you should receive a copy of your score as well as a certification proving you passed the exam.
Real Estate License
After completing your exam, you will need to fill out the real estate license application form for your state. Again, the exact requirements will vary, but generally, you’ll need your exam score, a completed application, and all the necessary fees. Many states require a background check, which may add additional expense. It may take as little as a few weeks or up to a few months to receive your license, depending on your state.
A career in real estate can be exciting and rewarding. Take the proper steps to get your license, and then officially begin your new career.