By Elias Magers | Feb. 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Becoming a real estate broker is the next step agents take in their careers. As a real estate broker, you have the ability to independently represent clients in the home buying and selling transaction. You won’t have to hang your license with a brokerage, because you’ll be the one running the show.
Each state has their own rules and requirements to becoming a broker, but the process remains the same no matter where you live. You need the right experience, education, and pass your state’s broker exam.
2-Years Salesperson Experience
But, before you even become a real estate agent, you must first pass your state’s requirements. They vary from state-to-state, but the standard requirements are completing an accredited education program and passing the state exam. Only after passing the state exam can you earn your salesperson license and then interview with a brokerage. If the brokerage thinks you’re a great candidate, you hang your license with that brokerage thus starting your real estate agent career.
Real Estate Broker Academic Requirements
- Property Management
- Office Administration
- Legal Aspects
The curriculum requirements are designed to give students a wholesome understanding of the real estate market through the lens of a broker. This is the basic information that brokers need to start their career. Of course, the best education comes from participating in the field as an active broker.
Real Estate Broker State Exam
The broker’s state exam tests your knowledge over the subjects you learned in the educational program. The topics covered on the state exam contain a wide breadth of the material you’ve learned, so studying the entirety of every subject is important to your success. Along with this, the exam is designed to test your English language skills, such as reading, writing, and spelling. You are also tested on the arithmetic used as a broker.
You don’t need a 100% to pass the exam. So long as you score 75% or higher on the exam, you pass and are eligible for a broker’s license. Getting a full night’s sleep, eating a balanced meal at the start of the day, and taking your time are a few common test taker strategies to ace an exam. But, the best way to pass the test is by studying the course material.
Once you pass the state exam, you are eligible to become a real estate broker. But, not until you file the right paperwork.
Additional Required Documents
After you pass the exam, you receive your license. To get your license you must file the right documentation and send it to the Department of Real Estate. Every broker must go through the paperwork process to be properly documented in their state.
You have to send in the Broker License Application (RE 200) with the application fee. Along with the application, you must complete a Live Scan Service Request (RE 237). According to the DRE, a license cannot be issued until they receive a fingerprint.
After sending in the correct documentation, you’re mailed your very own broker’s license that you can hang wherever you want.