How to Become a Licensed Real Estate Broker

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A real estate office must have a designated broker who oversees the sales agents. Some real estate agents become licensed real estate brokers, yet do not become designated brokers. These brokers are often called associate brokers. Becoming a licensed real estate broker requires more education and experience than is required to become a real estate sales licensee.

  • Accumulate three years experience as a real estate sales licensee within five years prior to applying for a real estate broker's license.

  • Take 90 hours of broker's pre-licensing education and pass the final exam. The school and courses must be approved by the state's real estate department.

  • Take and pass the state and federal real estate exams. These will be administered by a testing center approved by your state's real estate department. Before taking these two tests, you will first need to complete Step 2.

  • Have your finger prints taken at a location approved by your state's department of real estate. The results will be sent to your state's real estate department.

  • Complete and submit an application to your state's real estate department. There will be a fee.

Tips & Warnings

  • Course hours and requirements can vary from state to state. Check with your state's real estate department website for an application and licensee requirements.

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