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Arizona SB1219 - Changes for Arizona Real Estate Licensees



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By : Karen Murray    99 or more times read
The Arizona legislature has passed SB1219, which changes the 4-year real estate license to a 2-year license, effective July 29, 2010. The new law does not change the requirement for 24 hours of approved real estate classes every 2-years. Licensees may soon see new required class categories for real estate continuing education from Arizona Real Estate Commissioner, Judy Lowe, but the total number of hours has not changed.

Currently, in Arizona, real estate licensees are required to complete 3 hours of Disclosure, Agency, Fair Housing, Contract Law, Real Estate Legal Issues and Commissioner's Standards. New licensees are required to complete 6 hours of Contract Writing, which fulfills their Contract Law requirement, and Supervising Brokers are required to complete the Broker Management Clinic, which fulfills their Commissioner's Standards requirement. Each licensee may also complete 6 hours of approved general classes or they may complete additional hours in one of the other approved categories to give them a total of 24 hours of real estate renewal.

Commissioner Lowe's leadership is focused on education of licensees, and she feels strongly that education will provide a higher level of professionalism within the Arizona real estate community. Commissioner Lowe is currently working with Arizona real estate schools, specifically online real estate schools, to address concerns and initiate guidelines to improve the quality of distance learning for Arizona real estate licensees.

All existing licenses will remain in full effect until their stated expiration dates (subject to disciplinary matters, if any). As licenses are renewed, after July 29, their new license will be issued for a 2-year period. Anyone who is approved for a new real estate license, after July 29, will also be issued a license for a 2-year period.

Another change enacted with SB1219, is the implementation of the "Fingerprint Clearance Card" which will replace the fingerprint card, currently required by ADRE for real estate license applications. New real estate license candidates will be required, effective July 29, 2010, to apply to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to obtain a "Fingerpring Clearance Card." The application for the "Fingerprint Clearance Card" requires a fingerprint card and the current fee of $69 for processing. Currently the average processing time for a "Fingerprint Clearance Card" is 4 to 8 weeks, so prospective licensees should apply as early as possible.

Once an individual has received a "Fingerprint Clearance Card" and submitted it to the Arizona Department of Real Estate with their license application, ADRE will automatically receive notice from DPS of any incidents that create or add to the criminal record of that individual. A "Fingerprint Clearance Card" is valid for 6 years from the date of issuance. The DPS "Fingerprint Clearance Card" center is located in Phoenix at 2320 N. 20th Avenue.

License applications, effective July 29, 2010, must include:

  1. State Real Estate Test Certification (showing an individual took the State test)
  2. State Real Estate Test Results
  3. Fingerprint Clearance Card
  4. Applicable License Fees

Existing licensees, who currently have fingerprint cards on file with ADRE, are not required at this time, to obtain a Criminal Clearance Card, but we may see similar changes in the future for current licensees.

SB1219 included a provision that will allow a real estate license to be "canceled" at any time by the licensee. Previous to the terms of SB1219, a real estate license could be terminated by ADRE, but not cancelled by the holder of the license. It also provides for a licensee's ability to "surrender" his/her real estate license if there is an ADRE investigation related to the licensee's real estate activities, as long as the license is "surrendered" at least 10 days prior to an ADRE hearing. If an individual "surrenders" an Arizona real estate license, the information can be shared by ADRE with other states, and the individual is restricted from ever obtaining another Arizona real estate license.

SB1219 also provided a definition for the term "Business Brokerage" as a real estate broker who sells businesses, and the lease or sale of real estate is an incidental part of the transactions.

For complete information on Arizona SB1219, visit the Arizona Legislature's website at http://www.azleg.gov
Karen Murray has been a real estate broker for more than 20 years and has trained and supervised hundreds of real estate sales agents. She is a principal owner of Renewal Zone, an online real estate school. Renewal Zone offers online real estate classes and career development classes. www.RenewalZone.com

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