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How can I Become a Real Estate Agent?

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  • Written By: Ken Black
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 27 October 2017
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For those looking to become a real estate agent, it should be understood it is by no means an easy process. While each state, and each country, may require their own set of standards for real estate agents, there are a number of things many jurisdictions have in common. For those looking to become a real estate agent, understanding those things is key to the prospect of long-term success in the field.

Licensure is perhaps the most important part of becoming a real estate agent. For those looking to become a real estate agent in the United States, it is important to understand there is no such thing as a national license. Each state will require its own set of standards. Therefore, most agents will only work in one particular state, rather than trying to meet all the various standards of multiple states.

To become a real estate agent, it will be necessary to get some classroom instruction. This instruction could be anywhere from 30 to 90 hours, depending on the state. While classroom instruction may be the most effective way for some people to learn, many states also recognize distance-learning curriculum, meaning it may also be possible to meet the classroom instruction requirements through the mail or online.

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Once that classroom instruction requirement has been meant, the next major hurdle facing an individual wishing to become a real estate agent is the real estate exam. If you have understood the material covered in the classroom and made a concerted effort to learn it, the exam should not present a major problem. Most classroom instruction efforts are specifically tailored to help students succeed during the exam. The exams for many states are offered at multiple locations, including locations out of state.

While a national license does not exist, there is an important exception to this rule. Some states have entered into an agreement where those seeking to become a real estate agent in other states do not need to worry about the classroom requirement. However, they will still, more than likely, need to take and pass the real estate exam for that particular state. A simple study guide should provide more than adequate preparation for this process.

In addition to these educational requirements, many states also require a background check to become a real estate agent. The field deals with people's money and financial information and therefore means people may get taken advantage of. This is why most states require a criminal history check. If a person has a criminal history, that may or may not disqualify them from being a real estate agent. It depends on the nature of the offense, how long ago it took place and other factors. Each state sets its own rules.

To understand what is needed to become a real estate agent for any state, check with that state's division of real estate. It may not be called the same thing in every state, but a simple Internet search should provide you with the proper contact. Most states, if not all, will have their requirements listed online, as well as listing any states with which they have reciprocal agreements so that one may become licensed in multiple states.

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