Real Estate Career FAQs

Real Estate Sales Career FAQs

Professionals who perform the duties of a real estate broker or salesperson and are paid a fee for listing, selling, leasing, appraising or managing real property must be licensed in Florida. Licenses are not required for persons employed by brokers, builders, landlords or leasing services who perform only administrative duties. The Q and A below applies to real estate salespersons or broker licenses:

Q: How do I obtain a Florida Real Estate Salesperson license?

A: In order to become a sales associate, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have a United States Social Security Number.
  • Must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Must complete and pass a Florida Real Estate Commission approved 63 hour Sales Associate pre-licensing course.
  • Must have a background check as part of the licensing process.
  • Complete the Sales Associate License Application.
  • Pass the Final Exam with the State of Florida.

Q: How do I obtain a Florida Broker’s license?

A: In order to become a broker associate, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have a United States Social Security Number.
  • Must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Must complete and pass a Florida Real Estate Commission approved 72 hour Broker pre-licensing course.
  • Must have a background check as part of the licensing process.
  • Complete the Sales Associate License Application.
  • Pass the Final Exam with the State of Florida.
  • Must have 24 months experience as a Sales Associate during the preceding 5 years in Florida or a reciprocal state.

Q: Where are the required courses offered?

A: There are a number of licensed schools around the area that provide the necessary course work. Course work can be done in a classroom setting or via online instruction. Google “Florida real estate schools” for schools in the area.

Q: How do I begin a real estate career?

A: There are a number of steps…

  • Complete a pre-license course
  • Interview with brokers
  • Pass the State exam
  • Affiliate with a firm and begin…

Q: What does the State of Florida require after I am licensed?

A: Before your first 2 year renewal period ends, the State of Florida requires you take a 45 hour post licensing course. After the initial 2 year period, 14 hours of continuing education is required for each renewal period.

Q: What is required for a successful career in real estate?

A: There are a number of characteristics, but a few of the big ones would include:

  • Enthusiasm and a passion for the business
  • A commitment to a full time career
  • A desire for continuous training and career development
  • Matching with a reputable and supportive brokerage firm

Q: How can I get more information about a career in real estate?

A: For real estate career counseling call Michael Kitchens at (352) 335-4999 or email at mkitchens@mmparrish.com.

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