How to become a Realtor

Real Estate License Info


By: Elizabeth Porter

If you have considered getting your real estate license, I would encourage you to do it!  I have been in real estate for more than a decade and I can’t imagine doing anything else.  If you have considered a real estate career but didn’t know where to start, you are in luck.  I am going to take you through the steps to become licensed and some tips on starting a new home sales career.

Although each state has slightly different requirements, they all follow the same basic process.

  1.  Apply with your state real estate commission
  2. Complete application for background check
  3. Send fingerprints, also required for background check
  4. Complete pre-license education
  5. Pass class test
  6. Sign up for state test
  7. Complete state exam
  8. Congrats!  You have a real estate license.  (Your license starts in inactive status until you are hired by a broker.  It then becomes active and you can start selling.)

Adams Homes has offices in seven states.  I have researched each state and will include the links you need to start pursuing your real estate career.

Alabama:             Alabama Real Estate Commission

Florida:                Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR)

Georgia:               Georgia Real Estate Commission

Mississippi:        Mississippi Real Estate Commission

N. Carolina:        North Carolina Real Estate Commission

S. Carolina:         South Carolina Real Estate Commission

Tennessee:          Tennessee Real Estate Commission

Once you have read your state requirements and completed the necessary application, you can research real estate schools.  These are independently owned schools and most offer the choice of accelerated (7-10 day classes), weekend courses and/or online courses.  I would recommend that you ask around or call the local board of realtor offices for recommendations.  Application approvals vary by state but you can typically expect 3-4 weeks for approval once your background information is submitted.

In Florida, you can go ahead and start your real estate class if you feel confident that you meet the requirements.  You just can’t take the state exam until your application is approved.  I followed this process and it really helps fast-track the process so as soon as your application is approved, you are ready for the state exam.  Ideally, you want to test within a couple weeks of completing the class so the information is fresh in your mind.

Class is complete, what’s next?

I always recommend that you do not tell anyone when you are going in to test at the state exam level.  The last thing you need in this stressful testing situation is the pressure of having to call everyone after you’ve tested.  Don’t tell them when you’re taking it; just tell them when you passed!

Say cheese! 

In Florida, you have your picture taken when you sign in at the testing site.  For my sales associate license, no one told me this and taking extra beauty steps was the last thing on my mind.  You are stuck with this initial license forever, so be sure to consider at least a nice top.  (I pulled an all-nighter studying and was in a t-shirt).

How to land a new home sales job

Welcome to the greatest industry, real estate!  Congratulations on your achievement and commitment to bettering your future.  Adams Homes builds new homes in more than 150 communities so I am hopeful you live near one.  Go to our website and check out our career openings posted.  Don’t see anything posted?  Don’t give up!  Click on the city you are interested in and call the local office.

Without experience, a new home sales career is possible.  Luckily for you, Adams Homes often hires newly licensed associates.  If you are “coachable” and are committed to success, we’d like to meet with you.  A career in new home sales isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.  If you can make it through the first six months, you can make it the long haul.  The first six months are the toughest because you are learning so much and your compensation is dependent on your ability to sell.  With a little financial planning, you can be well on your way to a six-figure income potential.

It takes 6 months to build a Rolls-Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota

Remember, you are essentially starting a business.  I started by opening a $5,000 credit card and worked hard to really trim my day-to-day spending until closings were consistent.  We’ll work hard to provide the training support needed to get you to 2-3 sales per month.  Once your sales are consistent, the financial rewards will follow.

Email me anytime with questions you might have about starting your selling career!


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