Necessary Steps Required to Become a Real Estate Agent
The job of a real estate agent would interest you if you like getting involved in deals on houses, property, or general real estate. Although there are investment benefits in real estate, the job and duties of a real estate agent are not for everybody. In fact, you have to get a real estate license before you can become a practicing real estate agent. This article discusses (1) general steps required to become a real estate agent in many parts of the world, and (2) steps required to become a real estate agent in the USA.
The steps required to become a real estate agent differ from country to country; within the USA it differs from state to state. Generally, to become a real estate agent, you have to gain some level of education, attain a certain age, and get a real estate license; in addition, you may even be required to gain experience under a certified real estate broker.
Necessary Steps Required to Become a Real Estate Agent
(1) General steps required to become a real estate agent in many parts of the world
You have to satisfy the following conditions:
- be proficient in the local or adopted language(s) used by the citizens of the government under which you are interested in becoming a real estate agent.
- reach at least a certain age which, in many parts of the world, is usually 18 years.
- be able to study and work legally in the part of the world (country, state, etc.) where you are interested in becoming a real estate agent.
- have a government-issued identification (ID) from the government under which you are interested in becoming a real estate agent.
- have a minimum level of education, or take courses that are related to real estate; this depends on the requirements of the government under which you are interested in becoming a real estate agent.
- undergo the licensing process and get a license: the licenser may have to consider or assess whether you have ongoing legal proceedings, past criminal records, bankruptcies, among other things—if there are any, and you could be required to complete certain pre-licensing courses before applying for a license; when taking pre-licensing courses, you have to get a minimum score in the exams and pass. (Note that in some parts of the world, a negative assessment could prevent you from becoming a licensee or real estate agent.)
- also be required to present re-licensing educational requirements for your license to be maintained in a specific practice area such as property management, residential real estate, rural real estate, or commercial real estate. In some parts of the world, re-licensing educational requirements help to ensure that real estate licensees are up-to-date and competent enough to continue serving the public in the best possible way.
- may be required to get employment in a licensed real estate brokerage firm after completing your education. After getting employed, your broker would have to assist you in completing any licensing process you had applied for.
(2) Steps required to become a real estate agent in the USA
Each state in the USA has real estate licensing requirements that you need to fulfill to become a real estate agent: most states require that:
- you should be at least 18 years old. Generally, all the states require that you should be either 18 or 19 years old, depending on the age requirement of the state.
- you should acquire a certain level of education. In the USA, it isn’t necessary to have a bachelor’s degree before getting a real estate license and becoming a real estate agent; however, in many cases, you need to acquire either a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
- you should know/find out what your state’s real estate licensing requirements are: you can do so by visiting your state’s real estate commission website and checking the official pre-licensing requirements.
- you should register for a real estate pre-licensing education course, and take the classes. Make sure that you enroll in a school that offers high-quality instructions and produces exceptional students. Most states request that participants take up a minimum number of hours of instruction time. Depending on each state, participants could take as few as 40 hours, or as much as 300; usually, the instruction time is somewhere between 60 and 90 hours, and within three and six months.
- you should pass the real estate license exam. After taking pre-license courses, you will be required to take a real estate license exam. Each state has its own minimum score which participants have to pass. Most states allow participants to retake the exam if they don’t pass it the first time.
- you should find a real estate broker after passing the exam. Passing the exam doesn’t guarantee that you will get a real estate license. The real estate broker will assist you in completing licensing paperwork with your state. Consider looking for a real estate broker early on/during your licensing process.
Once your paperwork is accepted, you will be issued a license and become a certified real estate agent; thereafter, you may decide to practice real estate under the broker, or another broker.
The steps required to become a real estate agent have been established to ensure that each society benefits greatly from the services of the real estate profession. Generally, it takes considerable effort, time, and money to become a real estate agent, but the dividends can help you excel in the real estate industry.