Getting Started

Just getting

You know that you want to start a career in real estate, but you probably still have a lot of questions. This is our guide to deciding which path—leasing agent or broker—is the right one for you.

Leasing Agent V.S. Broker

One of the biggest questions when pursuing a real estate career is this: What’s the difference between a leasing agent and a broker?

To answer this question simply, agents and brokers have many of the same responsibilities, especially when it comes to their day-to-day. The biggest differences come down to licensing, experience, and responsibility.

Both agents and brokers experience benefits of their own. To make it easier for you to decide the path that’s right for you, here is a comparison chart:

Leasing Agent

Real Estate Broker

Pre-Licensing Course Requirement

15 Hours

75 Hours

Ability to Rent Property



Ability to Sell Property



Flexible Schedule



Ability to Work Independently

No, must work under a sponsoring brokerage.

No, you must work under a sponsoring brokerage for 2 years, after 2 years you can then obtain your managing broker license.

Pre-Licensing Price (with CREI)

$200 - $225

$550 - $625

State Exam Cost



Total Investment

$235 - $260

$609 - $684

The Takeaway

The the time and investment required for becoming a leasing agent is less than that of a broker, and becoming an agent is a great starting point for those who are just beginning their real estate career. Leasing agents can always become brokers in the future, and their experience gained working as an agent is invaluable. That being said, brokers invest more time and money, but also experience a greater return on their investment.

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