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  1. Who enforces the laws and rules for real estate agents? 
  2. What types of licenses are available?
  3. What requirements are there for licensing?
  4. What education is required?
  5. Is experience required?
  6. How much does it cost to become a real estate licensee?

Who enforces the laws and rules for real estate agents?

Each state creates their own laws and rules regarding licensing.

In California, real estate agents obtain a license from the Department of Real Estate (DRE). Contact information can be found at: http://www.dre.ca.gov/Contact.html

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What types of licenses are available?

Two unique licenses are available.  The types are :

  1. Broker

  2. Salesperson

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What requirements are there for licensing?

Candidates must complete real estate pre-licensing education, pass a state examination, find a Broker to hang their license, fill out an application, and submit fingerprint cards to start a background investigation.  During the application process, the DRE will investigate any criminal records or previous real estate offenses.  

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What education is required?

It depends on which license your are applying for.  All salespeople must show evidence of having completed 3-pre-licensing courses including the following two courses:

  • Real Estate Principles

  • Real Estate Practices

The 3rd course that needs to be completed for this license is your choice.  The choices are:

  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate (A good choice for students anticipating pursuing a real estate license in a neighboring state within the near future.)

  • Property Management (A good choice for students anticipating a property management career.)

  • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending (A good choice for students anticipating a career as a lender.)

  • Real Estate Appraisal

  • Real Estate Finance

  • Real Estate Economics

  • Escrows (A good choice for students searching for escrow or title company career paths.)


Broker applicants must show evidence of having completed 8 real estate courses per the following list:

  • Real Estate Practice; and
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate; and
  • Real Estate Finance; and
  • Real Estate Appraisal; and
  • Real Estate Economics or Accounting; and
  • Three courses from the following list
    • Real Estate Principles
    • Business Law
    • Property Management
    • Escrow
    • Real Estate Office Administration
    • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
    • Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate
    • Advanced Real Estate Finance
    • Advanced Real Estate Appraisal
    • Computer Applications in Real Estate
    • Common Interest Developments

    A minimum of two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or the equivalent is also required. An applicant with a four-year degree from an accredited college is usually exempt from the two-year salesperson experience requirement...but still needs to complete the 8 broker courses. Members of the California State Bar are statutorily exempt from the college-level course requirements. Members of any other State Bar as well as individuals holding an LL.B or J.D. degree who are not members of any State Bar, including CA, may generally qualify on the basis of education.
     

    ABC Real Estate School recommends this package for prospective brokers:

  • Real Estate Principles
  • Real Estate Practice
  • Legal Aspects of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Escrows, and
  • Either...
    • Property Management, or
    • Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
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Is experience required?

A minimum of two years full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or the equivalent is also required. An applicant with a four-year degree from an accredited college is usually exempt from the two-year salesperson experience requirement, but still needs to complete the 8 broker courses. Members of the California State Bar are statutorily exempt from the college-level course requirements. Members of any other State Bar as well as individuals holding an LL.B or J.D. degree who are not members of any State Bar, including CA, may generally qualify on the basis of education.
 

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How much does it cost to become a real estate licensee?

See the following DRE link:

http://www.dre.ca.gov/Licensees/Fees.html
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