Real estate in the US is beginning to attract several interests, and it is best to know the requirements for each state if you want to state a real estate career. There are general national guidelines, and some are specific to some regions. To become a real estate agent in areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, and other California cities, these are the following steps involved:
- You must be a US citizen to be able to apply
- You must also be 18 years old and above
- Before applying for the California Real Estate License Exam, you must have completed the 135 hours BRE-approved college-level real estate courses.
- Apply for the salesperson License Examination, which will require you to submit an application form and pay a licensing fee
- First-time applicants will need to submit their fingerprints to help do a background check for any criminal record.
- The exam must be passed within two years of applying, else, you will have to submit the application again and pay another licensing fee.
- The minimum score for the exam is a score of 70%
- Once passed, you can obtain a sponsorship from a licensed California broker to start.
- Apply for a California Real Estate License
With all of these steps, you can become a licensed real estate agent in no time. However, some questions might still be bothering your mind about the whole process, some of which will be answered below:
How long does it take to become a real estate agent?
This is dependent on several factors, including how fast you complete the pre-licensing courses, how soon you pass the examination, how fast you complete the application process, and how quickly you find a sponsoring broker. Lastly, the application processing time is also a factor that will determine how fast you can get your license. On average, however, it should take between 5 – 6 months if all things go well with the processing.
What are the courses in the 135 hours pre-licensing exam?
There are quite a couple of courses in the pre-licensing exam, each lasting for some hours, with 135 hours. The two main courses are Real Estate Principles and Real Estate Practices, and both run for 45 hours each. The other courses include Real Estate Appraisal, Property Management, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Economics, Legal Aspects of Real Estate, General Accounting, Business Law, Escrows, Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending, Computer Applications in Real Estate, Real Estate Office Application and Common Interest Developments.
Some categories of people are exempted from taking some courses. For instance, if you are a California State Bar member, you do not need to take the college-level courses.
How do I submit my Fingerprints for the examination?
Fingerprints are taken and submitted electronically to the Department of Justice (DOJ). This is done through the Live Scan Program, and the fingerprints are processed by the DOJ and also sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for further check. This fingerprint can be submitted after application for the examination or after the candidate has passed the examination.