Introduction: How to Become a Real Estate Agent
The real estate industry is a highly competitive one and getting on top of the trade is often a road filled with challenges. Needless to say, it involves a lot of hard work and dedication. Nowadays, it is easier than ever to have large amounts of information at your fingertips, since there are so many online property search engines available. But, without further ado, let’s talk about how to become a real estate agent .
The following is a list of steps and requirements that need to be met in order to become a real estate agent and get that much needed license. Note that these requirements may vary from state to state, so make sure you check out the specific regulations of the state you live in.
Before we proceed to the first step, check out this property records database.
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Step 1: Meet the Age Requirements
First of all, you need to be at least 18 years old in order to be able to fill out the application form (in most states). However, there are states where the minimum age is 19 or 21. These states are (and their age requirement): Alabama (19), Alaska (19), Illinois (21) and Nebraska (19).
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Step 2: Fill the Application and Take Courses
Next, you need to fill out the application form for your particular state. These forms can usually be found on the Real Estate Commission official websites.
Make sure that you have completed specific pre-licensing courses, because most states require you to do so. These usually amount to 40-50 hour courses held in a facility which is accredited by the state. These courses are not free, and you need to complete them before your license can be issued. Again, this is not the case in all the states, as there are a few states that require credit hours in a college that offers real estate courses.
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Step 3: Pay the Fees and Check Your Criminal Record
Pay the fees needed for your application. They are somewhere around $50. Of course, there are states where they can be higher. Also, make sure you meet the criminal record eligibility requirements. The majority of states will not allow you to get a real estate license if you have committed any felonies (either in the USA or anywhere else in the world) in the past 10 years.
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Step 4: Find a Broker and Take Post-Licensing Courses
Assign yourself to a broker, as most states require you to do so. Post-licensing: again, there are some states that ask you to complete specific courses after you get the license. If you do not do so, you license will be declared void.
These are the steps and most important requirements that you need to meet in order to become a real estate agent. Regarding the skills that you need, they are a completely different story and can be the subject of a new article. One thing is certain though: hard work and commitment always pays off in the end.
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