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6 Quick & Easy Steps To Become A Real Estate Agent In 2022

In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

So if you’re feeling like days are just flying by and you’re not making any forward progress in your career, it might be time to consider a change.

And if a real estate career is your dream, you’re in luck – because becoming a sales agent is easier than ever!

Follow these six steps and you’ll know exactly how to become a real estate agent today.

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General Requirements to Become a Real Estate Agent

In order to be eligible to become a licensed real estate agent, you must:

  • Be a legal United States resident
  • Be 18 (or 19) years of age or older (depends on your state)
  • Complete your states required pre-license education
  • Pass the state and national real estate exam

These are just the most common requirements. Each state may have its own unique requirements. Because of this, I recommend your first step be researching your state’s license requirements.

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Step 1: Research Your State’s Requirements

The first step in becoming a real estate agent should always be to understand your state’s specific requirements for obtaining a license. Visit your state’s real estate commission website and gather information about pre-license education, the real estate exam you’ll need to take, and the license fees.

Every agent’s journey into real estate is different. For instance, many states allow licensed attorneys to practice real estate without going through the typical process. Also, some states credit a college degree towards your pre-license education requirements.

Therefore, check first with your state if there are any special requirements or exceptions for you before purchasing your pre-license education.

Step 2: Choose a Real Estate Pre-licensing Course

Once you understand your state’s criteria, your next step will be to take a pre-licensing course from an accredited real estate school. These courses will prepare you for the real estate exam and work as a real estate agent in your state.

You will have to decide if you want to take your pre-licensing course online or in person. Online courses typically allow you to get your license much faster than an in-person class. They are also usually better for anyone who is already working a full-time job and wants to study on a flexible schedule.

Look for a real estate school that has been accredited by your state’s Commission. Read reviews to see if the school has a good reputation and high pass rate. If a real estate school does not disclose its pass rate, it’s best to find one that does.

Many states have hourly pre-licensing course requirements that you will need to fulfill. For example, the Texas Commission requires 180 hours of pre-licensing work, while North Carolina only requires 75 hours. Check with your state’s Commission to see the requirements for your state.

Typically, most states require some version of the following courses:

  • Real Estate Principles
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Law
  • Law Of Contracts
  • Real Estate Practice

The cost of an accredited licensing course can range from $200 to $1000. Some of the best real estate schools online include Real Estate Express, Kaplan, and Aceable Agent.

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Step 3: Pass the Real Estate Licensing Exam

Of course, the key step to becoming a real estate agent is passing the state exam! Your licensing course should have plenty of study materials and practice exams to help you. Take advantage of any resources you find to study and prepare beforehand.

However, don’t worry if you don’t pass your real estate licensing exam the first time around because you have multiple chances to retake it over a two-year period. If you still don’t pass after that, you will have to re-take a pre-licensing course.

Your state’s commission website will have instructions on how to sign up for the real estate exam in your area.

The exam usually consists of around one hundred multiple-choice questions. It’ll cover federal real estate laws, as well as rules and regulations that are specific to your state. The cost to take it usually ranges from $15 to $60.

The required score to pass the real estate exam will vary depending on what state you are in, so be sure to check with your state’s commission. But on average, the required passing score will be between 60% to 75%.

Step 4: Activate Your License

Once you pass the licensing exam, you will need to get a copy of your results and a certificate of completion from your pre-licensing course. Then, you will submit these documents along with your real estate license application to officially receive your license from the state.

The application process varies depending on what state you are in. It could include other tests such as a background or fingerprint check, which can often take more time to complete.

The license application can cost anywhere from $50 to $250. The amount of time it takes for your application to be approved will also depend on what state you are in.

Some states have an automated process for submitting your application material, while others still use mail. In general, you can expect to receive your official license between one week to two months.

Your license is something that you will need to renew periodically. Again, how often renewal occurs will depend on your state. In general, you’ll likely have to renew your license every two to four years.

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Step 5: Consider Becoming an Official Realtor

Joining the National Association of Realtors is optional, but can definitely be beneficial for a brand new real estate salesperson. First, you’ll officially be able to use the title “Realtor.” This will give you significant credibility and boost your reputation among clients.

Also, you will need to join in order to access most MLS databases, which are necessary if you want to have the most up-to-date information on homes in your area. Other perks include discounts on continuing education courses, access to NAR’s digital and printed content, and networking opportunities.

The National Association of Realtors has over 1,400 associations across the U.S. You can visit their website to find your local association to get started. To become an official Realtor, you will have to submit an application (typically with your local board) and pay an annual membership fee of $150 (prorated for your first year).

Step 6: Join a Brokerage

In order to practice real estate as a brand new sales agent, you will need to join a real estate brokerage. Brokerages are licensed by the state to enforce legal and ethical practices in the real estate industry.

Another benefit to joining a real estate broker is that the right one will provide your name with more credibility as a brand new real estate agent.

It’s a good idea to get a head start by talking to a broker before you even take the real estate exam. This way, you can have a spot lined up and get started as soon as you are licensed.

Begin your search by interviewing multiple brokerages to find the right fit for you. There are brokerages with familiar names, like eXp Realty and Keller Williams Realty.

Real estate brokers with a recognizable name might be better as a brand new salesperson to give your name even more credibility, but joining a boutique real estate broker can also be a good choice.

Choose a real estate brokerage based on the area of real estate you want to practice in. For example, there are different brokerages that specialize in commercial, luxury, or residential real estate.

Your broker will take a split from your commission every time you close a deal. This is all the more reason you should take your time to find a real estate broker that is the right culture and personality fit for you.

Don’t just look for a real estate broker with the best commission split for its agents. Instead, find somewhere that you will genuinely enjoy working at. Find a broker that provides you with tools, training, and mentorship to support your career. Your goal should be to join a brokerage that provides its agents with the most value.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Becoming a Real Estate Agent Right For You?

Your choice to work as a real estate professional should be based on your specific career objectives and personal job talents. To make becoming an agent worth it, you need to be self-accountable, resourceful, and have a passion to help others.

As a brand new salesperson, you likely won’t have much say over where you work or what homes you get to work with. The best way to find out if becoming a real estate agent is right for you is by talking to a local broker or shadowing a real estate agent.

What Can You Do With a Real Estate License?

With a real estate license, you can help clients buy, sell, and rent real property in your state. This includes residential, commercial, investments, and land.

You can even become a designated broker (a title that in most states requires 4 years of industry experience) if you want to lead or manage other agents in the field.

How Long Does it Take to Become a Real Estate Agent?

Typically, it only takes around 2-6 months to become a real estate agent. The exact amount of time depends on how quickly you can complete your real estate classes, pass your licensing exam, and choose a broker.

How Hard is it to Get Your Real Estate License?

Getting your real estate license is not difficult. It only consists of a few steps that can be completed rather quickly. The challenge really begins once you have your license and you start building your business.

How Much Does it Cost to Get a License and Become a Real Estate Agent?

The typical cost to get your real estate license and become a real estate agent is between $1000-$1500. This includes the cost of pre-license classes, taking the licensing exam, activating your license, and your broker’s initial join fee.

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Final Thoughts on How To Become A Real Estate Agent

Congratulations! If you’ve made it to the end of this post, that means you’re well on your way to becoming a successful real estate agent.

It won’t be easy—nothing worth having ever is—but with enough hard work and dedication, you can make it happen.

And I want to help. That’s why I put together a free guide called How To Become A Successful Real Estate Agent Fast! which outlines everything you need to do in order to get started in this exciting industry.

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