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What must be done before becoming a realtor?

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Mayra’s Answer

I began my journey in real estate as a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator and Real Estate Assistant. Both job roles will really prepare you to become a successful Real Estate Agent, not only will you learn the fundamentals of real estate but you will also gain experience. This is one alternative in which you don't need a real estate license to start a career in real estate. I personally suggest this route before investing your time and money in a real estate license because you are able to determine if this is the career for you. Once you make the decision you could move forward with obtaining a license and branching out on your own. Other options include internships or job shadowing, this allows for again, a better understanding of the job and to build relationships which is very beneficial in the world of real estate, perhaps maybe even gain a mentor.

To obtain an actual real estate license you must first check with the state in which you want to conduct real estate transactions. In California, you have to take courses and complete a specific amount of hours which will then qualify you to take the state exam. Many community colleges offer real estate programs, personally, I would go this route because you can also add business courses. Many people don't understand that becoming a realtor is just like running and operating a business, therefore, understanding how to run a business is crucial.
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Biruk’s Answer

The steps that is needed to be taking to becoming a realtor all starts with taking a pre-licensing course in the state you live in. Once you have completed that course you will then be able to take the Real Estate Brokers Exam. You typically will get tested on the national side and the state side of Real Estate. The pre-licensing class will prepare you for the exam on both the national and state level. Once you pass the exam you will then need to join a sponsoring brokerage, which are some of those household names we think of when we hear Real Estate brokerage. You sponsoring brokerage will give you access to sites for realtors and overall support to become a well-rounded broker.
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Bridget’s Answer

Becoming a RE Agent or Realtor in any state starts with the Courses you are required to take usually 70 - 90 hours of course work - you must also be 18 years of age and a HS graduate or have a GED and no criminal record that has not be sealed or expunged. Complete the courses (states have courses colleges also have courses and real estate schools online and in your state will have courses - do a quick google search - I used Real Estate Express twice and in state once). Once you have completed the courses you are them made to take the state exam, once the state exam is passed choose a real estate Brokerage (I have been an agent with C21, Weichert, a Local agency (not named) and I am currently with eXp). Once you have joined a Brokerage you will have to pay all dues required for your state in order to oin the MLS (Multi-Listing system) and the loacal boards (ie National Association of Realtors - this is what makes you a REALTOR over just being an agent) which may or may not be required (in most cases it is required to join if you are an active agent). At that point you are a Realtor. For more info - you can find me on LinkedIn.
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