Getting a real estate license in Texas is something many achieve. But, that’s just one piece of the puzzle of real estate. Let’s discuss what’s required and what isn’t.
Getting a Real Estate License in Texas
According to the Texas Real Estate Commission a sales agent is a person who is licensed by the Real Estate Commission to act as an agent on behalf of a real estate broker and their clients. A sales agent must be sponsored by a licensed Broker in order to perform any act of real estate services.
There are some general qualifications that you must meet in order to apply for your license, or to become a licensed agent. Simply put, you have to meet certain qualifications, take some courses, pass the background test, pass the exam and voila! you’re now a real estate agent. Well, it sounds easy, but it might not be.
I’ll put the official requirements below but first I’m going to give you my experience with the whole process.
First, let’s talk about Real Estate courses
I took the courses online and let me tell you, they are actually kind of tough. I went in thinking I knew a ton about real estate, so it would be a piece of cake. It isn’t. There are so many details to know! Once I realize it wouldn’t be so easy, I started studying hard, which is something I haven’t done in quite a while.
Taking the Texas Real Estate Exam
Signing up for the exam is pretty straightforward. First, you submit your application and then get “approval” to sit for the exam. You schedule your date, and on that date, head to the testing center. Security and honesty is a major condition of taking the exam, so be prepared to leave your phone and belongings outside of the testing center. I was allowed to bring a simple calculator. I’ll admit, the exam was tough, but I passed.
Finding a Real Estate Sponsor
As of this writing, my real estate license is “inactive.” I haven’t “hung my license” with a sponsoring broker yet, but plan to soon. Once you pass your exam, you are then able to get a sponsor and start working as an agent.
What to do after you get your Texas Real Estate license
So, you’ve done it. You did the courses, you passed your exam and even found a broker. Now, the hard part begins. You’ll need to work hard to build your real estate career. You might considering joining an association, building a brand and even creating a niche.
Below you’ll find the official information from TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission). For more information, check out the TREC site.
The information below is from: https://www.trec.texas.gov/become-licensed/sales-agent
- Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
- 18 years of age or older
- Resident of Texas
- Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
- Consider requesting a Moral Character Determination before applying for the license
Complete Your Qualifying Education
180 classroom hours of the following qualifying real estate courses
- Principles of Real Estate I (30 classroom hours)
- Principles of Real Estate II (30 classroom hours)
- Law of Agency (30 classroom hours)
- Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours)
- Promulgated Contract Forms (30 classroom hours)
- Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours)
Education course completion documents must be submitted to TREC after applying online or with your paper application.
File Your Application
Submit your application and fee to become a Sales Agent using our Online Services. If you don’t already have a username and password for our Online Services, register now. If you have registered online with TALCB or TREC in the past, log in now.
Apply by Mail
Get Your Fingerprints Taken and Pass Your Background Check
You are required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted.
A license will not issue if the background check has not been passed. Expect a delay if you are notified of an investigation into your background history.
Take the Exam
License exams are administered by PearsonVUE, a testing service company.
You will be sent a notice with instructions for scheduling the exam and obtaining a copy of the exam Candidate Handbook.
If you fail the exam three times, additional education will be necessary.
Find a Sponsor
After meeting the above requirements, you will be issued an inactive license. You need to be sponsored by an active Texas licensed broker to work. You can complete a sponsorship request using our online services. Once the broker has accepted your request, your active license will be issued, and you can work as a Sales Agent!