There are a few things to know before becoming a real estate agent. The first one being you’ve got to get schooling. That’s right, in order to become an agent you’ll need to pass a number of required real estate pre-licensing courses.
The process of completing the required real estate courses is easier for some than others. Here are a few insights that can help things go as smoothly, quickly and cheaply as possible.
1. You Have to Take Courses From an Approved Provider
Don’t get fooled by companies offering dirt cheap real estate courses. There’s a good chance they aren’t approved by the state’s real estate commission, and therefore any classes they offer won’t count towards the required credits.
2. You Have Options for How, When and Where You Take Pre-License Courses
Many people assume you have to go to a real estate school for pre-license courses. Not true. Today, hopeful agents have a number of options in terms of how, when and where they take their pre-license courses.
AceableAgent's TREC-approved Texas real estate pre-licensing courses are the perfect example. We’ve turned your mobile device into the classroom with courses that can be taken online at your own pace. They’re interactive and you’ll learn everything you would in a traditional course, but you get to choose when and where you do the work.
3. It Pays to Study
If you don’t pass your courses or the pre-license exam on the first try, guess what? You have to pay to take them again. Plus, retaking courses and exams adds time to the process. Some online pre-licensing courses have free practice exams and study guides. Be sure to take the time to study and don't sign up to take an exam unless you feel ready for it.
4. Pay a Lot of Attention to the Courses on Contracts
There’s nothing more important than the real estate contract. It establishes the parameters for a close and has to be done correctly to protect your client’s best interests. You may get lucky and land a deal within days or weeks of getting your license. That’s when you’ll be glad you really internalized the sections about executing contracts.
Even after passing the Promulgated Contracts course keep going over the material to stay sharp.
5. The Courses Don’t End When You Get a License
In the real estate industry, there’s a little thing called real estate continuing education. Agents have to continue educating themselves after getting a license to keep said license. Each state has their own continuing education requirements that stipulate which courses need to be taken and when they have to be completed.
In Texas, for example, agents have to complete at least 18 hours of continuing education before their license can be renewed. If you’re a new agent eight of those hours must come from the Legal Update I and Legal Update II courses.