Looking for a way to take control of your career and income? If so, now is a good time to consider becoming a real estate agent in North Carolina.
But what if you already have a valid real estate license and are thinking of moving to North Carolina? Do you have to go through the whole licensing process over again? This post discusses which states have real estate reciprocity with North Carolina and what you need to do to get your North Carolina real estate license.
What Is Real Estate Reciprocity?
Real estate reciprocity means your license in one state will readily transfer to another state. You'll still have to take the state licensing exam, but the reciprocating state accepts the pre-licensing coursework you've done in states with which it has a reciprocity agreement.
In other words, you won't have to start over from scratch if you already have a real estate license from a state that has a reciprocity agreement with the state where you are currently licensed.
States that Have Reciprocity with North Carolina
North Carolina no longer has reciprocity with any other specific states. On February 29, 2012, it ended its reciprocity agreement with the following states:
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Instead, the state moved to what it calls a "limited license recognition" agreement with every other state in the United States. This agreement extends to U.S. territories and Canadian provinces. What's more, the applicant's place of residence is not a factor in getting a North Carolina real estate license.
Licensees who wish to engage in buying or selling real estate in North Carolina can obtain their NC license by passing the “state” section of the license examination; they do not have to repeat the general pre-licensing coursework.
How Do You Get a North Carolina Real Estate License?
North Carolina has streamlined the process for people who already hold a real estate license in the U.S., its territories, and Canada. But what if you want to become a real estate agent in North Carolina and don't already have a license?
In that case, you'll need to start the process from scratch.
In order to become a real estate agent, you'll need to be licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC). The requirements are as follows:
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are a U.S. citizen (or have authorization to work in the U.S. real estate industry)
- You have a valid Social Security number.
- You take a 75-hour, NCREC-approved pre-licensure course.
- You submit yourself to a criminal background check.
- You officially apply to become a North Carolina real estate agent.
- You take the licensing exam to get your provisional broker's license.
- You work under the supervision of a real estate broker and take a 90-hour post-licensing course within 18 months of receiving your provisional broker's license.
While some states differentiate between an ordinary real estate agent license and a broker's license, all real estate agents in North Carolina become brokers once they complete all the steps above.
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