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License and Qualification Requirements for Real Estate Brokers



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By : Leticia Carvalho    99 or more times read
Not everyone can pass out self-printed business cards and say that they are real estate brokers and are offering to sell your homes or act as your representative to buy properties. Brokers and agents in the real estate industry should be duly licensed, and they can get this certification if they are over 18 years old, passed high school and successfully completed a written qualification exam for residential or commercial real estate brokers.

Although the minimum requirement right now to qualify as real estate agents or real estate brokers is graduating from high school, many firms and agencies prefer college graduates or with some relevant college training. Agents and home mortgage brokers with college credits on real estate, finance, marketing, business, statistics, economics, law and English can get ahead of the pack and can even start their own companies.

Educational institutions now offer bachelor or associate degrees in real estate and some courses are sponsored by the National Association of Realtors. Some firms also offer their own training programs for their sales agents and old or new home brokers.

A license is required for agents and brokers which is offered at state level. Examination tests vary in complexity between a sales agent and a home real estate broker. Sales licenses can be obtained after undergoing 30 to 90 hours of classroom training.

For brokers, the requirement is more extensive as on top of a 60 to 90-hour formal training course, brokers need to have sales experience for 1 to 3 years. However, applicants for broker licenses with a bachelorís degree in real estate do not need the experience requirements. The licenses are renewed every 1 or 2 years, with varying re-qualification requirements per state.

Aside from the licenses and training requirements, firms looking for agents and brokers also look into the personalities, maturity and appearance of applicants. The job entails negotiation and dealing with various clients with different backgrounds and agents and brokers should equip themselves for this.
Leticia Carvalho has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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