How to Get a Real Estate License

 

A career in real estate is becoming increasingly popular and can be a lucrative and challenging option. Apart from the knowledge and experience required to excel at this business, obtaining a license is also very essential. To be able to be an agent or a broker, a license is mandatory.

The licensing procedure is different in every state and the State Real Estate Commission lays down the requirements and specifications for the same. The common steps to get a license would be to fulfil the minimum age requirements, the educational qualifications, experience requirements, and qualify the licensing examination. Specifications regarding the amount of training required, the length, and method of study, vary from state to state.

The procedure in some of the states is mentioned below:

Obtaining a New York License

To obtain a New York real estate salesperson license you would require the following:

  • Should be 18 years of age or above.
  • Should complete 45 hours of Qualifying Real Estate Courses.
  • Successfully qualify The New York Real Estate Examinations.
  • Should complete and submit a Child Support Statement.

 

To obtain a broker license you would require the following:

  • Should be 19 years of age or above.
  • Should be a resident of New York City or should be admitted for permanent residence by law.
  • Should have a minimum 1 year experience either as an active licensed real estate salesperson or in the real estate business.
  • Should complete 90 hours of specific approved Real Estate Courses. Those having a degree with real estate majors can apply for a waiver of the courses.
  • Should successfully qualify The New York Real Estate Examinations.
  • Should apply within two years of qualifying the exams.
  • Should have a valid business address.
  • Should complete and submit a Child Support Statement.

License renewal is required for both brokers and salespersons, every two years.

 

Obtaining a California License

To obtain it in California, you would require the following:

  • Should be 18 years of age or above.
  • Should provide proof of being a legal US resident and of being free from conviction of crime.
  • Should be willing to provide fingerprints.
  • Should complete 3 Real Estate Courses, as per the specifications of The Department of Real Estate, before or within 18 months of qualifying the Real Estate examination.

 

To obtain a broker license, you would require the following:

  • Should be 18 years of age or above.
  • Should provide proof of being a legal California resident. In case of being a resident of another state, a consent to Service of Process with The Department of Real Estate should be filed.
  • Should provide fingerprints.
  • Should have a minimum 2 years’ experience either as an active licensed real estate salesperson or in the real estate business.
  • Should successfully complete 8 approved college-level courses before qualifying the Exam.

License renewal is required for both brokers and salespersons, every four years.

Obtaining a Florida License

To obtain an associate’s license in Florida, you would require the following:

  • Should complete 63 hours of classroom training of the Florida Real Estate courses.Should fulfil post-licensing educational requirements.
  • Should qualify the exams with a minimum grade of 75.
  • Should submit Form Re 2050-1 for activation of the license after qualifying the examination.

 

To obtain a broker license you would require the following:

  • Should have an active sales associate license.
  • Should have a minimum 12 months experience in real estate during the 5 year period after the application.
  • Should have completed 72 hours of classroom training of specific Florida Real Estate courses.
  • Should qualify the exams with a minimum grade of 75.
  • Should submit Form Re 2050-1 for activation of the license after qualifying the examination.

 

To obtain an agent license you would require the following:

  • Should be 18 years of age or above.
  • Should have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Should be free from conviction of crime and should provide fingerprints.
  • Should complete courses as per the specification of The Florida Real Estate Education Requirements.

The training required to meet the requirements of these examination is provided by many colleges and many online study programs are also available. Since licensing is state-specific, you will need to do a lot of research in order to obtain the right information regarding the procedure in your state. Once you select the appropriate course and qualify the examination, you can successfully obtain the real estate license.

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