Finding the home of your dreams is an exciting yet challenging process. Are you someone who wants to help people with this important rite of passage in their lives? Have you considered a career in real estate to improve your own knowledge base and your financial situation? Perhaps you just have a passion for all things real estate, and you want to build a successful career doing something you love. Whatever your reason, it’s time to consider getting licensed to buy and sell real estate.
Florida is one of the premier places to buy and sell real estate, as it has plenty to offer both realtors and homeowners in the great Sunshine State. You might be wondering: “Just how do I become a real estate agent in Florida?” Although many people assume that becoming a realtor in any state is a lofty goal, it is actually quite a simple process –with a lot of studying, mind you! Following these simple steps will have you buying and selling listings in no time.
- Earn Your High School Diploma
In order to be a recognized agent in the state of Florida, you’ll need to complete high school. If you are older than 18, you can consider completing your GED, or General Education Development as an alternative to traditional high school. One thing to pay attention to as you move through this completion step is your math and statistical content; you will need to develop strong skills in these areas in order to complete your real estate certification successfully.
- Take a Pre-License Sales Training Course
Before you can complete a real estate license examination, you must complete a 63-hour pre-license education course to learn how to successfully and legally complete real estate transactions. The exam must be approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC), and courses are valid for only two years after enrollment, so make sure you have time to finish the coursework before signing up. There are many FREC approved training courses out there and some with online learning options.
- Major In Real Estate Education While Obtaining Your Bachelor’s
If you are in college, and you are planning to major in real estate sales and development, you have some added perks. Completing a degree in real estate decrees you exempt from taking both the sales associate and broker licensing examinations. Additional resources and training are available at the collegiate level as well, so if plan to enroll or are already enrolled, this may be the best option for you.
- Submit Your Licensing Application Online
In order to submit your licensing application successfully, you’ll need to include information about your educational background, your professional work history, and even your identity. Submit the application along with the registration fee about six weeks before you plan to take the test, as it can take some time to process applications that have been received.
- Complete a Background Check and Fingerprint Scan
In addition to completing the test application registration, it is also necessary to obtain a background check and fingerprint scan in the state of Florida. Complete this step up to five days before filling out the licensing application in order to be able to submit all materials online at the same time. You can find a list of approved vendors for both background checks and fingerprint scans online.
- Take The Licensing Test
Once your 63 hours of coursework have been completed, register to take the licensing test. Bring a picture ID and another form of personal identification with you to the test. Plan in advance for this test, and make sure you study so that you can do your best. The test is administered through Pearson VUE; you can register and pick an exam date through their website. You’ll need at 75% success rate or higher in order to pass the exam — the more you study, the more likely it is that you will approach test day with confidence that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to pass.
- I Passed! Now What?
Congratulations! You passed the exam! Now it’s time to apply for work as a licensed real estate agent in the state of Florida. Look for real estate brokerage firms that are hiring representatives, and take opportunities offered by these larger firms to continue to educate and train you as you learn the ropes. In no time at all, you’ll feel comfortable generating your own leads and closing your own sales. Make sure that your new broker submits a DBPR RE 11 form under their name so that you can properly represent yourself and your new brokerage firm as you establish yourself in the field of real estate.
Get ready for a richly rewarding and exciting career! Helping people realize their dream of owning their own home is one of the most exciting things you can do for a family, and now you can start building your own dreams as you continue helping others. Best of luck to you in your new endeavors!