How to Get a Real Estate License

Getting a real estate license will open new doors for you!

Instructions

  • Step 1: Contact Real Estate Commission Contact your state's Real Estate Commission or Department of Licensing for state-specific requirements for obtaining a license.
  • Step 2: Search local colleges and universities Search local colleges and universities to find courses in real estate and real estate certificate programs.
  • TIP: Go to the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials website at arello.org to view a list of accredited, certified schools in your state.
  • Step 3: Obtain real estate license application Submit a real estate license application to your state's licensing board.
  • TIP: Many states allow you to download the application from the Real Estate Commission or Department of Licensing.
  • Step 4: Take practice exams Take practice exams to prepare yourself for the state exam.
  • Step 5: Schedule your state exam Schedule your state exam promptly, while everything you've learned is still fresh, since there may be a waiting list. When you pass the exam, find a broker and interview for a job or start your own firm.
  • FACT: Compared to the more than 400,000 members in the early 1970s, the National Association of Realtors grew to more than 1.2 million members by July 2008.

You Will Need

  • Real Estate Commission or Department of Licensing
  • Real estate certificate program
  • Practice exams
  • State exam
  • Broker
  • Internet access (optional)

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