Real estate in the Dallas-Forth Worth metro area saw record gains in 2021. In the city of Dallas alone, median home prices jumped 13.55%. Despite higher mortgage interest rates, most analysts predict that the robust seller's market will continue into 2022, a trend fueled by continued low inventory and net migration to the Lone Star State.
All told, Dallas-Fort Worth is a great place to buy and sell real estate. Read on to learn how to get your real estate license in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
Three Preliminary Requirements You'll Need to Meet Before Getting Started
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC), responsible for issuing real estate sales licenses in the state of Texas, has some basic minimum requirements you'll need to meet before you can file an application. They are:
You must be 18 years old or more.
You must be a U.S. citizen or a "lawfully admitted" alien (A DACA recipient does not qualify.)
You have to meet TREC's fitness qualifications.
How to Get Your Real Estate License in the Dallas-Worth Metro Area
The first thing you need to do is file your application with TREC. You'll pay a fee of $185 to get your real estate sales license. You can apply either online or through the mail.
You'll have a year from the filing date to complete all the items on this list:
Get yourself fingerprinted at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). The state will then run a background check.
Take 180 hours of qualifying real estate courses. You can do this through a school or take the course online. TREC has a list of approved qualifying real estate courses.
Submit proof that you have completed the coursework to TREC.
Take the real estate license exam, which consists of two parts — national and state. You can take the exam up to three times, and if you fail one part, you only need to retake the part you failed.
Find a Dallas-Fort Worth metro area broker who will sponsor you. Your real estate license only becomes active once a broker has agreed to work with you.
Where to Take Your Real Estate License Exam in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metro Area
Pearson Professional Centers-Dallas (South) TX
5801 Marvin D Love Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75237
UNTD - Academic Testing Services
7300 University Hills Blvd
Student Center RM# 2025
Dallas, Texas 75241
Testing Centers in Forth-Worth:
Tactix of Fort Worth
4200 South Freeway
Fort Worth, Texas 76115
Tarrant County College
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy
Fort Worth, Texas 76179
Other Testing Centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area:
Pearson Professional Centers-Arlington TX
2201 East Lamar Boulevard
Arbors at Brookhollow
Arlington, Texas 76006
150 W John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas 75039
Sylvan Learning Center - Frisco, TX
8765 Stockard Dr, Ste. 801
Frisco, Texas 75034
Lagniappe Educational Services & Tutoring
12530 Lebanon Road
Frisco, Texas 75035
Sylvan Learning Center - McKinney, TX
6840 W Virginia Pkwy #105
McKinney, Texas 75071
2850 W Parker Rd
Plano, Texas 75025
Bah Career Training Center inc.
2433 Goldfinch Lane
Garland, Texas 75042
Join Your Local Dallas-Fort Worth Board of Realtors
Once you are a practicing real estate agent, you might want to take things a step further by joining the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Realtors abide by a stricter code of ethics than real estate agents, inspiring client trust, and it's a great way to expand your network.
There are a number of local NAR groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area:
You can find information about Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors here.
Metrotex, located in Grapevine, Texas, serves the entire Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
The Greater Metro West Association of Realtors (GMWAR), in Weatherford, Texas, is for agents buying and selling real estate in Parker, Palo Pinto, Eastland, and Stephens Counties.
The city of Arlington has its own local Board of Realtors.
Interested in Becoming a Real Estate Agent in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area?
Aceable Agent offers online Texas real estate school and courses that are TREC approved. The basic course package has everything you need to ace the exam, including practice exam questions, but you can opt for more instruction, including additional course prep, instructional videos, and even live private tutoring.