Are you interested in becoming a real estate agent? Believe it or not, it’s not very difficult. It’s important to note that, since licensing takes place on the state level, the requirements will differ slightly from one state to the next. Before you actually start the process, you’ll want to do a little more research on how it works in your state. Here we’ll focus more on the process in Illinois.
Step 1: Make sure you qualify
Before you even start the process, you need to make sure you qualify to apply for the license. In the state of Illinois, you have to be at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma, or some equivalent. You must also have either a Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number.
Step 2: Take the classes
Just about every state requires you to take pre-licensing classes before you take the exam. Every state’s requirements regarding classes varies greatly, so make sure you check before you sign up. In Illinois, you are required to take at least 90 hours of classes. 75 of these hours are done through the most updated textbook at that time, while 15 of these hours have to be designated as interactive.
Step 3: Take the exam
Every real estate agent must take an exam administered by their own state to be allowed to practice. Once you have taken all the required classes and gotten set up with a broker, go ahead and apply to take the test. Don’t forget to be prepared! Passing the exam means you are officially allowed to practice in the real estate industry.
Step 4: Pick a broker
No matter where you are, every real estate agent must work with a broker. It’s generally a good idea to pick a broker and get in touch with them to start the process before taking the test. That way you can feel comfortable in knowing that once you pass the State Exam, you’ll be ready to get going! Good luck getting your real estate license! Don’t forget that once you receive your license, if you’re in the state of Illinois you are required to participate in an additional 30 hours of classes in your first year in order to qualify to renew your license. Have questions about getting your real estate license, or need help with anything else? Contact us. We’re experts and can help you with anything you need!