There’s growing interest in becoming a Florida real estate agent because the industry has been on the upswing in the state for a while now. Despite the pandemic, the number of licensed Florida real estate agents grew during the pandemic.
But real estate agent isn’t a job role that you apply for like many other careers. You have to first earn a Florida real estate license, and even then there are requirements to make the license active. Here’s a look at the basic requirements for getting a Florida real estate license as well as the more advanced requirements that must be met.
OVERVIEW OF THE FLORIDA REAL ESTATE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Be at least 18 years old.
Have a Social Security number.
Have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Take the required Florida real estate courses.
Pass the background check.
Pass the Florida real estate licensing exam.
Submit an application and pay the fee.
Get a sponsoring real estate broker.
Basic Requirements for Getting a Florida Real Estate License
The good news is millions of Floridians are eligible to become a real estate agent in the Sunshine State. But there are a few basic requirements that need to be met before you can really begin pursuing a career in real estate if you live in Florida.
All license applicants must be at least 18 years old to become a Florida real estate agent.
Social Security Number Requirement
Most states require that you provide proof that you legally reside in the state to get a real estate license. But Florida is unique in that it specifically requires candidates to have a Social Security number.
Fortunately, you don’t need higher education to become a real estate agent in Florida. However, you do have to have a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent. This requirement should be met before you take real estate courses.
Advanced Requirements for Getting a Florida Real Estate License
If you check all the boxes for the basic requirements you can start working on the advanced requirements that require some additional work - but it’s worth it!
Take the Required Florida Real Estate Courses
Real estate can be very complex, and transactions involve a lot of money. It’s understandable that the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) wants to make sure you know what you’re doing if they give you a sales associate license. That’s why they require that all candidates take real estate courses that have been approved by the Commission.
The Aceable Agent’s online Florida Real Estate License Course is the perfect example of what it takes to meet the education requirement. Our FREC-approved course is broken into 19 levels for a total of 63 hours of instruction. The Florida real estate course covers the following topics:
Overview of the Real Estate Business
Real Estate License Law and Qualifications for Licensure
Real Estate License Law and Commission Rules
Authorized Relationships, Duties, and Disclosures
Real Estate Brokerage Activities and Procedures
Violations of License Law, Penalties, and Procedures
Federal and State Laws Pertaining to Real Estate
Property Rights: Estates and Tenancies; Condominiums, Co-operatives, Community Development Districts, Homeowner Associations, and Time-Sharing
Title, Deeds, and Ownership Restrictions
Real Estate Contracts
Types of Mortgages and Sources of Financing
Real Estate Related Computations and Closing of Transactions
The Real Estate Markets and Analysis
Real Estate Appraisal
Real Estate Investments and Opportunity Brokerage
Taxes Affecting Real Estate
Planning, Zoning, and Environmental Hazards
You can complete the course in as little as 63 hours, but with an online real estate course from Aceable you can go at your own pace on your own schedule. You’ll also need to pass a final course exam with a 70% or higher. It’s great prep for the real test since it’s based on the actual Florida real estate licensing exam.
*Time Requirement: Florida puts a cap on how long the course completion is good. You have to apply for a real estate license within two years of completing the required courses.
Pass the Background Check
In addition to reviewing the information you submit on your application, FREC will also do a formal background check that includes fingerprinting. The background check will involve both Florida and national criminal record databases. This is why you always want to be 100% honest about any past convictions or professional reprimands.
Pass the Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam
The Aceable Florida Real Estate Course will teach you everything you need to know to pass the licensing exam. The Florida real estate sales associate exam is administered by Pearson VUE, a third-party test proctor. Here are a few things to keep in mind before scheduling a test time:
There are 100 questions on the test.
The exam covers 19 topics.
You’ll have 3.5 hours to complete the exam.
The passing score is 75 or higher.
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Submit an Application and Pay the Fee
If you haven’t submitted a Florida real estate sales associate application yet, now is the time! You can submit online or with a printed application that’s mailed. You’ll also need to pay the fee upfront, which is currently $83.75.
Get a Sponsoring Broker to Activate Your License
You may have gotten a Florida real estate license after passing the licensing exam, but technically you can’t make money as an agent yet. FREC will only activate your license if you have a sponsoring broker. Take your time to find a real estate broker that will help you meet your career goals, then get out there and start selling!
Check our Florida Real Estate Blog regularly for the latest information on getting a license and working as an agent.