Tired of your job? Dreaming about making the switch to real estate? You can become a Georgia real estate agent in just six months. Here’s how.
Month Zero: Are You Qualified?
Before you jump in with both feet, let’s talk about the basic qualifications for being a real estate in Georgia. These are non-negotiable, I’m afraid. Do you tick all the boxes?
You must be 18 by the time you get your license. If you’re 17-and-three-quarters, go ahead and get started, but don’t take the exam until your birthday.
You must have a high school diploma or equivalent. GED? Great. But you have to have something equal to a high school diploma.
You must be a Georgia resident. If you’re not, consider getting a license in the state where you live. Georgia offers reciprocity for every state but Florida!
You must have a reputation for honesty, competence, trustworthiness, and acting in the interest of the public. In real-life terms, this means a clean criminal record and no prior license revocations. It is still possible to get a Georgia real estate license with a criminal record, though! It might just be a little more paperwork.
Month One: Choose a Pre-Licensing Education Course
Georgia requires all salesperson applicants to complete a 75-hour pre-licensing education course. There are online course options, which you can do at your own pace, or classroom options, which will be paced by the real estate school.
You can also fulfill your education requirement by taking six semester hours’ worth of classes in real estate principles and fundamentals from an accredited college. If you go this route, you’ll need to provide a transcript of your studies.
Month Two: Complete Your Pre-Licensing Education
You’ve got to get through 75 hours of pre-licensing education. While that may sound like a lot, it breaks down to just two-and-a-half hours a day. If you make a study plan and stick to it, most people can complete this step in just a month.
Month Three: Study for Your State Exam
Once you pass your pre-licensing education course, it’s time to ace your state exam. The Georgia salesperson exam is a 152-question, multiple-choice test. 100 of those questions are on national topics and the remaining 52 are on Georgia-specific topics.
Make sure to take a lot of practice tests and lean on your pre-licensing education class’s study tools to help you prepare.
Month Four: Apply for the State Exam and Take It
When you’re ready to take the state licensing exam, you can apply online for a time slot. You need to have a reservation to take the test, so don’t just show up the day of. There are testing locations throughout the state.
You will need to pay the $121 exam fee when you register. If you can’t apply to take the exam and pay online, you can also apply by mail and schedule your exam by phone.
On the day of your exam, you’ll want to show up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to get at least a 70%.
Tests are scored right there at the testing center, and if you pass, you’ll be issued a Certificate of Accuracy Statement. That plus your application is what you need to get that license!
Month Five: Find a Sponsoring Broker
To be an active salesperson in Georgia, you need to have a sponsoring broker. A broker is a person who has passed the broker exam. A sponsoring broker agrees to hire you with their brokerage. They are your guide and mentor, and legally responsible for your work.
Month Six: Submit Your Application
Once you find a sponsoring broker, you can apply for an active salesperson license. It’s possible to get your license activated the day you pass the state exam if you come into the testing center with all of your paperwork. If not, you have up to a year to apply.
An application consists of:
A Certificate of Accuracy Statement (unsigned!), which is issued when a candidate passes the state exam
A Sponsoring Broker Statement provided by your sponsoring broker
The license application fee, payable by money order, credit card, or cashier’s check; the fee is $170 if you’re applying within three months of passing the exam, or $340 if you’re applying after three months
A criminal history report, called a Georgia Crime Information Center Report — here’s how to get one
A signed and notarizedLawful Presence Affidavit
Once GREC approves your license applications, you’re ready to start practicing real estate. You’ll be issued active license pocket cards, one for you and one for your sponsoring broker.
And that’s how you do it: from zero to licensed in just six months!
Want to learn more about being a Georgia real estate agent? Check out our career center.