Steps A Person Takes to Become a Real Estate Agent in Texas

Written by Posted On Monday, 01 April 2019 05:55

Being a realtor can be a fulfilling career path given the ability and flexibility to work outside an enclosed office environment.  Research conducted by ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials) indicates that there are approximately 2 million real estate licenses in the US. This is an indication that the real estate career is booming.

However, if you want to become a top leading realtor in Texas, you have to meet some essential requirements, including enrolling for Texas real estate courses. Furthermore, you need to pass your exam and get sponsored by a broker for you to become a full realtor. Getting licensed as a real estate agent in Texas is a bit taxing.

You're required to complete 180 hours for pre-licensing. The passing rate is 60%, which is higher than other states in the US.

Here are simple steps you should follow to become a real estate agent in Texas


Meet the Basic Requirements

The first step is to pick a school for your real estate education. Before enrolling for your exams, you’re supposed to have successfully completed the following courses:

  • Complete 30 hours in each of the following courses: Law of Contracts Forms, Real Estate Finance, and Law of Agency.
  • Complete 60 hours in the Principles of Real Estate
  • Ensure you have a certificate of the completed courses

Your moral character should also not be questionable.


Take Your Exam and Complete the Application

The state will give you a notification if your application is accepted or not. Once the state approves your application, you will register for your exams using either a passport or current driving license. This means you must be 18 years and above. You must also ensure you take your exam within the same year of registration.

The exam results will indicate either a pass or a fail score. It comes in two significant portions: the national portion and the state portion. For you to qualify, you must pass 21 questions of the state portion and 56 on the national quota. Get the relevant materials like Pearson Vue, which will help you pass your exams.

If you pass one portion, you might retake the other section. But if you fail both parts, you'll automatically lose your application and required to re-apply.


Get Inactive license

You will only get the inactive license once you pass your exams. Fortunately, you're not required to fill any other forms to get it. With an inactive license, you're not eligible to practice real estate agency. At this point, you’ll have to find a reliable and reputable sponsoring broker.


Find a Sponsoring Broker

Your sponsoring broker should be the company you work with upon becoming a real estate agent. However, getting a reliable sponsoring broker might be a hard task. You have to ensure you will get the necessary training for a few couples of years. Inquire about the commissions you'll make. Check if there are chances of increment over time.


Filling Sponsorship

You're required to file paperwork to prove you have a sponsoring broker. Your broker sponsor must also file paperwork. Once the paperwork is mailed and approved, you will get licensed to act as a real estate agent in Texas.

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