The process for obtaining a real estate license varies from state to state, so before you even think about starting you need to be aware of the things that you are going to be required to do that are specific to your state.
However, despite this there are still some fairly standard steps that all agents need to take to get their hands on a license. Follow these steps and apply them properly to your location and you should find yourself able to work as an agent in no time at all.
Once you have done the research to find out about the requirements for practising real estate in your state, you need to go about getting yourself educated. Be sure to enrol in a fully-accredited school and that the school is able to meet the requirements of the state you’re in. Once you’re in, you obviously need to complete the course provided to you and obtain the relevant certification to show that you passed.
Many schools won’t provide the testing themselves, with the actually exam being carried out by a third party that has been approved by the state. You need to find out where the testing centers in your state are located and be aware of where you need to go at all times.
After that, you need to be prepared to pass both a national and local exam, which is administered differently from state to state. Be sure to ask questions if you don’t know what you need to do, as each testing center should be able to provide you with more information. Always make sure that you bring identification to the test and that you try to pass any simulation tests that the center provides.
Passing the course isn’t all there is to it though. Once you’re qualified, you need to apply to become a real estate agent. You should be able to find the relevant forms online with a little help, or you can get advice from your school. Then you just need to fill the form in correctly and make sure that you send it off with all of the relevant fees.
Most states will require you to have a background check before you are allowed to work as a real estate agent, which usually involves the taking of your fingerprint and a check into your criminal history. Be aware that some crimes will prevent you from becoming an agent. Furthermore, this process can often take a while so be sure to get it started as early as possible so that you can get the check finished in time.
Errors and Omissions Insurance
While not all states require you to have this form of insurance to practice, you will find that the vast majority do. If you know that you need it, don’t delay with your application. In many cases you will be required to have this insurance in place before you are allowed to get your license.