As a Pennsylvania real estate agent, you have a lot on your plate. Keeping up with the nuances of renewing your real estate license is a lot to handle, whether this is your first time or your tenth. This guide will answer many of the common questions real estate agents in your state have.
1. What Do I Do if My License Has Been Inactive for Five Years?
If your license has been expired for five years or longer, you will be required to take the real estate licensing exams again. Before registering for the examination, it is important that you submit a form called Request for a Certificate of Exam Eligibility available through the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission’s website. The commission will then notify you of the steps you need to take to take the state and national exams again.
2. What Are Real Estate Salesperson Requirements in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania real estate agents are required to complete two 30-hour courses in order to practice. The courses are titled Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Practice, and they must be taken at an approved institution.
3. What Are Real Estate Broker Requirements in Pennsylvania?
Real estate brokers in Pennsylvania must be at least 21 years old and hold a high school diploma or the equivalent. Additionally, brokers must complete 240 hours of real estate education through commission-approved institutions.
Essential coursework for brokers includes Real Estate Office Management, Real Estate Law, and in topics like Valuation of Residential Property, Real Estate Sales, and Non-Residential Property Management.
4. What Do Real Estate Salespeople Need to Do to Renew a License?
In order to renew your real estate license, you need to complete at least 14 hours of approved continuing education. These courses must be completed through a commission-approved provider. All coursework must be completed during the renewal period.
The exception is if you are renewing your license for the first time. This requires a specific set of education requirements including a general module in addition to a specific module. You can opt to follow the commercial or the residential module depending on your career path and niche.
5. Does Pennsylvania Have Reciprocity with Other States?
Yes, Pennsylvania does offer license reciprocity with other states. These states include Arkansas, New York, Georgia, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Maryland.
6. If I Have a Bachelor’s Degree Do I Need to Take Real Estate Courses?
Generally, real estate license applicants who have majored in real estate or who have taken real estate courses may have already met Pennsylvania’s real estate education requirements.
7. What Should I Know about the Real Estate Testing Center?
One of the first things you should know about the testing center is that you need to arrive early to ensure that you are checked in before test time. You should also bring at least two forms of identification, one with a photo. It is wise to leave personal items at home and only bring identification if possible.
Ultimately, it is essential that you complete education before it is time to renew your license. Contact us for more information if you still have questions about pursuing real estate education.