Are you honest, trustworthy, and sincere? Do you enjoy advocating for other people? Do you imagine that finding a home for someone is similar to uniting two people in marriage? If so, becoming a real estate agent could be the perfect career choice for you. While becoming a real estate agent can’t be considered easy, the process of becoming a real estate agent is a relatively simple one.
Before you begin your journey, there are 3 requirements you will want to make sure you meet:
1. You must be able to pass a criminal background check (The Real Estate Licensing Commission is required by law to conduct this search).
2. You must be at least 18 years old (or 21 in some states).
3. You must be either a high school graduate or have the equivalency of a high school diploma.
If you meet the above requirements the next step is to call your state’s Real Estate Licensing Commission. It is vital that you do this because each state has its own licensing procedures and requirements. What applies in one state may be completely different in another state.
The Steps To Becoming A Real Estate Agent
Generally speaking, the following steps must be taken in order to become a real estate agent:
Enroll in a real estate course. Many realtor agencies offer these courses themselves. You can either attend a traditional course in person or you can take a class online. Your individual needs and lifestyle will determine which choice is appropriate for you. Most real estate courses require anywhere from 30-90 hours to complete and cover topics such as the real estate laws in your state, Fair Housing Laws, the appraisal process, contracts, and financing.
Once you have completed your real estate course you can then take your real estate agent exam. The fee for this exam will vary depending on where you live. It is important that you study for this exam diligently because this is not an exam that most people can typically just “breeze through”. The exam will cover the topics you learned in your real estate course.
After you have passed the exam you can purchase and obtain your license. You can then join a brokerage firm and begin your career as a real estate agent. However, in some states, you will not be able to obtain your license immediately after you pass the exam. Some states require that you get “sponsored” by a brokerage firm first. After you have learned the ropes and completed the required amount of time you are then free to obtain your license. (In a few states you even have to be sponsored before you can begin the initial real estate course).
Once you are a licensed real estate agent it is important to know that a majority of the states require you to take continuing education classes in order to maintain your license.
All in all, becoming a real estate agent isn’t complicated. It does require some research and education, a little bit of time, and of course passing that exam. With a little perseverance and dedication you could be well on your way to having the career of your dreams!