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How many years of schooling to become a Real Estate Agent?

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Meghan’s Answer

It takes as long as you take. You go through courses either in person or online that will cover state specific laws and contract forms. It will also cover national laws, contract forms, ethics, and Real Estate math. You can generally do this within 6 months at most.

Next, you will get a background check and fingerprinting done. Whoever you do the Real Estate classes through will provide you with this location.

Then its test day! The place you used for your classes will tell you how to schedule your test. Depending on where you're located, this can take a while and you should schedule as soon as possible. You will go to a general testing location and take the state specific and national test. You will get your results immediately upon completion. These results will simply be a pass or fail.

Once you pass the test you are still not necessarily an "Active" Real Estate Agent so you can not act as one. You must first choose a brokerage to sponsor you and then you will be moved from an "Inactive" agent to an "Active" agent. Then you will be able to act as a Real Estate agent.

This whole process can take anywhere from 6 months to a year. It really just depends on how quickly you can pass the classes and the test.
Best of luck!
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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Abby. To be eligible to become a licensed real estate salesperson or agent, you must:

- Be at least 18 or 19 years old (depends on the state)
- Have legal US residency
- Complete your required prelicense education (find your state's requirements)
- Pass your state real estate license examination
- These items represent the high-level checklist of what it takes to become a licensed real estate agent, but there are a lot of decisions you need to make along the way that will dictate whether your journey is successful or not.


Good luck!