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Portland, OR Named Ninth Greenest City in America

When you think about America’s greenest cities, Portland is likely near the top of your list. The Oregon city landed ninth on the list of top 10 green cities in the country, according to Wallethub. Portland is recognized for its efforts geared toward increased sustainability.

Understanding the culture of a city ties into deciding which real estate continuing ed to pursue. As you think about advancing in your career field, take some time to consider how coursework will help you buy and sell homes in Portland. One good way to focus your efforts on the future is to begin studying techniques that will allow you to learn more about sustainability and green living.

 What Oregon Agents Should Know about Portland’s Green Rep

Oregon real estate agents should understand Portland’s reputation as a green city. For instance, despite being a large city, Portland uses more renewable energy than the average for cities around the country. Portland was also the leader of the movement to ban plastic bags from grocery stores. Additionally, a significant proportion of Portland’s population carpools, bikes, or rides public transportation to work or school.

This is not new to Portland either. Since 1971, Portland has been focusing on sustainable living on a big city-basis. Additionally, the city boasts more than 275 parks with thousands of acres of green space. When you understand that these are values the homeowners of Portland take personally, you will be able to represent their interests in the search for a home.

How PDH & Real Estate Continuing Ed Can Help

PDH Continuing education courses are meant to help you become successful as a real estate agent in Oregon. When you stay up-to-date with growing trends and changes in real estate law, you are eliminating many of the challenges associated with working in the industry.

Green Housing Essentials is one course that Portland real estate agents, in particular, will find useful. This course will focus on issues like home inspection needs for green homes, green principles, and certifications that will help you focus on green houses. You will also learn about interior finishes and other elements involved in assisting buyers to choose homes and sellers to market their homes.

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Portland is a gorgeous city, and its green features attract buyers from all over the country.

Real Estate Ethics and Residential Building Red Flags are also great courses conducive to Portland buyers’ interests. These courses will help you pinpoint issues that your clients might have with certain homes early on.

When you renew your real estate license, consider which real estate continuing ed courses will be most useful to you in your state. Oregon real estate agents have their own challenges and benefits, and we understand how needs differ from location to location.

Oregon requires continuing education to fulfill requirements for license renewal. We offer classes catering to Portland’s green emphasis. Contact us for more information about meeting the requirements with coursework.

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Expert Interview Series: Dan Lesniak on the Value of Hyper Local Real Estate Sales

Dan Lesniak didn’t set out in his career to become a real estate agent.

The founder of Orange Line Living– one of Northern Virginia’s most successful real estate teams– went to the Naval Academy and served as a submarine officer before working at the Pentagon. He got his MBA from Georgetown figuring he’d get a job as a strategy consultant at a large company. He was in the process of buying his fourth home when he realized he knew just as much– if not more– than his agent.

“I thought I’d get a license and just use it for friends and family or myself when buying a home or doing investments,” he says.

He did some marketing in the building he lived in, and after a few months got so busy he had to quit his job.

How did he find success so quickly as a new agent?

“I narrowed my focus,” he says. “That was pretty critical.”

A lot of agents try to be everything to everybody, Dan says. He found early on that it was tricky trying to build a business based on just friends and family. For one, when you’re just starting off friends and family don’t really think of you as an agent and two, especially when working outside of a major city, like Washington, D.C., people can often be spread out an hour or more in all directions.

“It makes it hard to build on success and leverage on success,” Dan says.

So Dan decided to just focus on the 200 condos in the building he was living in. Every time he got a new client and closed a deal, everyone was aware of it. Pretty soon, word spread to the next building.

Having a super narrow focus in the building was key.

Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning the Important to Success

In his book, The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent, Dan details the stories about some of the transactions he made during his first year as an agent. He stresses the importance of going through the process of segmentation, targeting, and positioning.

“Decide how you’re going to break the market up, pick which segment you’re going to target and figure out how you’re going to position yourself to that segment,” he says.

Picking the right market can be tricky. You need to look at the turnover rate and whether there are established agents already serving that mark it. It needs to be big enough to give you business– but not overly competitive– and small enough that you can break into it and make an impact.

“The other thing to remember, too, is you need to pick an area that has some kind of common characteristics that the same marketing methods would apply to that area,” Dan says.

This characteristic doesn’t necessarily have to be geographic either– it could be a group of 200 people that all work for a certain hospital, for instance.

Another factor in his success as an agent is a willingness to think outside the box on how to create value for his clients and solve their problems. One of the most notable ways he’s done this is to buy homes from his clients to save deals and make them feel more comfortable.

He said the first time he did this wasn’t planned. He was helping a client purchase a million-dollar penthouse, which was contingent on the sale of their home. Someone put an offer in on his client’s home, but three weeks before closing, that buyer was denied financing.

“I stepped in and bought the last house and those clients definitely loved me for it,” he says.

Since then, he’s done more deals this way and has marketed it to clients.

Realtors Need to Be Persistent, Have a Thick Skin

There are several qualities that a realtor needs in order to find success, Dan says.

The industry requires a thick skin– a willingness to be told “no” several times and not take it personally. It also demands persistence, creativity and a willingness to take risks.

“You’ve got to care about people, care about doing a good job, care about helping people,” he says.

Looking back, Dan says there have been a couple mistakes he’s made over the years.

The first happened early on when he was switching brokerages. He partnered with an individual who wasn’t operating at the same level as he was. The partnership was convenient at the time because they were both leaving the same brokerage, but looking back he’d wished he’d vetted his options more thoroughly.

“If you’re going to get in a partnership, do a lot of due diligence up front and make sure you’ve got some solid plans for what happens if it doesn’t go right.”

On the client side, he knows there have been missed business opportunities with clients he’s lost touch with.

Today, he makes sure to stay in touch with clients in a variety of ways including a monthly newsletter and a more detailed quarterly letter that’s a more personal update about his life. He also hosts events for clients every quarter– whether it’s happy hours, going to a Nationals game, or throwing a family-friendly fall festival.

Win More Deals by Being Flexible

There are mistakes Dan observes both seasoned and novice realtors alike making.

“I think a lot of times a lot of the older school agents get stuck on contingencies for their buyers,” he says.

Dan and his team are able to win in more competitive situations and get better deals by getting their clients to be more flexible about contingencies. Ultimately, realtors aren’t the ones making the decisions, Dan says, clients are.

“We’re just educating them up front on the potential pros of not having as many contingencies and what the actual risks are and letting them decide,” he says. “A lot of agents don’t even have that conversation.”

Another conversation agents should be having at the start of their relationship with a client is to sit down and discuss the sales process and get them to sign a buyer agreement up front. When they don’t do this, realtors run the risk of running around showing houses to someone who isn’t committed to them.

In general, Dan believes agents could do a better job with time management. They should be blocking one to two hours a day when they’re not responding to incoming emails or calls in order to spend time on marketing and prospecting.

When creating and implementing a new marketing plan, agents often quit a couple months after couple months because they’re not getting leads. But Dan advises they stick with a plan for at least six months.

“A lot of people put the time and money into starting and they give up right before they were potentially about to have a lot of success,” he says.

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4 FAQs for New Real Estate Agents in North Dakota

As you begin working as a North Dakota real estate agent, you are sure to find yourself with some questions. The process of obtaining your license and even working for the first year can bring up some confusion. Fortunately, the answers are available to help guide you through the process of establishing yourself.

This guide will answer some of the most common questions asked by new real estate agents.

 1. How Do I Renew My Real Estate License in North Dakota?

In order to renew your real estate license, you first need to complete at least nine hours of continuing education provided by an approved provider. If you are still in your first year of licensure, you must complete 15 post-licensure hours of education.

These courses may be taken online or via correspondence. Extra hours you take will not carry over into the new year. You will be able to submit required materials online to renew your license.

2. Does North Dakota Have a Reciprocal Agreement with Any Other States?

Yes, North Dakota has reciprocal agreements with several other states. If you already have a real estate sales license in Iowa, Georgia, or Minnesota, it is easier for you to receive a real estate sales license in North Dakota.

This agreement allows you to waive a licensing examination if you already have a license. You can instead pay the salesperson and credit report fee with your license application. You must also submit your criminal history record check.

3. How Do I Become a North Dakota Real Estate Salesperson?

In order to become a real estate agent, you must first complete the educational requirements. You must take at least 45 hours of pre-licensing education in courses that the North Dakota Real Estate Commission has approved.

You must also take a real estate exam. In North Dakota, the testing centers are in Bismarck and Fargo, but you can schedule the examination online. This examination contains a national and state portion, both of which you must pass in order to work as a real estate agent.

Real estate sales professionals are required to undergo a background check while submitting a license application. You must also consent to a credit report and an application fee.

Finally, you will be required to carry errors and omission insurance. The real estate commission will ask for proof of this insurance.

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Studying North Dakota’s real estate rules will help you better understand the industry’s needs.

4. What Topics Should I Study for North Dakota’s Real Estate Exam?

Several topics are essential for real estate success. Taking the time to study for the examination is helpful, and most of the material presented as part of the exam will be presented as part of pre-licensing education.

For the national portion of the exam, you should study agency relationships, contracts, finance, marketing regulations, property management, and real estate calculations.

The state portion of the exam requires knowledge of state laws, the real estate commission, licensing requirements, advertising, commissions, ethics, disclosures, and other local regulations.

The key to working in North Dakota as a successful real estate agent is education. Contact us for more information about staying up to date with your continuing education requirements.

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How to Get Your Real Estate License in South Dakota

In order to work as a real estate agent in South Dakota, you must obtain a Broker Associate license through the South Dakota Real Estate Commission. When you obtain your real estate license, you have the ability to set your own schedule and receive compensation based on your success. There are quite a few perks to working in the real estate industry.

Becoming a real estate license does not have to be difficult when you understand the steps. This guide will walk you through the process from beginning to end so that you have a comprehensive grasp of what you are doing.

Meet Basic Broker Associate Requirements

In order to work as a broker associate in South Dakota, you must be at least 18 years old. This education is necessary because the coursework you take will be closer to a college level. You must also be a U.S. citizen or South Dakota resident.

Additionally, you must also submit to a state and federal criminal background check. You will be fingerprinted at an office as part of the process. While a criminal conviction may not necessarily prohibit you from becoming a real estate agent, it may influence the decision of the commission.

Certain crimes are not acceptable according to the commission, especially those that demonstrate that you are a threat to the public. You must also demonstrate that you are financially responsible. The commission is allowed to use its own discretion in determining who may become a real estate agent.

Obtain State-Approved Real Estate Education

Your next step is to obtain 116 hours of pre-licensing education. Pre-licensing education is meant to prepare you to work as a real estate agent. This coursework covers the principles and practice of real estate, laying a strong foundation you can build on in the future.

You have the option to take this course online. This allows you to study on your own timeline. Online classes make it easy to refer to study material and reach out when it is most convenient for you. They also allow you to take care of other commitments, including family and work.

Classroom options do have some benefit for pre-licensing education though. If you value classroom engagement and being able to ask questions in real-time, brick-and-mortar classrooms might be your best bet. You can also build study teams with other future real estate agents.

In order to register for the licensing exam, you must pass the course with a score of 75%. A test held at the end of the class will be the determining factor in whether you are allowed to take the test.

Pass the Real Estate Licensing Exam

Before you can apply for your license, you must pass the South Dakota Real Estate Exam. The exam is held in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and you must register ahead of time to reserve your spot. You can do this online or via phone.

The exam is administered via computer through Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP). You will be allowed to practice on the computer ahead of time to ensure that you are familiar with how it works. The test is also timed, so make sure that you use this time wisely.

Make sure to arrive at the testing center early with two forms of identification. Both forms of ID should include your name and signature. One ID must have a photo of you. Additionally, your photo will be taken to accompany your score report.

You must pass both portions of the exam: national and state. The national exam includes 100 scored questions and five unscored experimental questions. This portion of the exam is allowed up to 2.5 hours to complete. The scale is scored based on difficulty of the questions, and you must pass with at least 75.

The state portion of the exam consists of 52 questions and five experimental unscored questions. For this portion, you have 1.5 hours to work. Like the national portion of the exam, the state segment is also scaled for a passing score of 75.

Work with a Supervising Real Estate Broker

In order for your real estate application to be approved, you must work with a broker who agrees to be responsible for you. This individual is in charge of showing you how to work as a real estate agent in South Dakota. This is where you will truly get your industry practice.

Once you agree on terms with a broker, he or she must submit a signed request alongside your application. You must work with this broker as part of a long-term commitment to your career, so it is important that you make a smart choice by interviewing several candidates and selecting the best fit.

Send in a Real Estate Application

Within 60 days of receiving notice that you have passed your real estate exam, you must send in your real estate license application. You must fill it out completely and honestly in order for your license to be approved by the real estate commission.

Make sure that you include your application fee with the application. You must also submit your original score report from your real estate exam. You also need to submit proof that you completed your educational requirements.

If your license is approved, you will receive word back within 30 days of submitting the real estate application.

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Complete Continuing Education Courses

Each licensing period of two years, real estate professionals in South Dakota must complete 24 hours of continuing education. Of these hours, 12 must be in required core subject areas. This education is meant to ensure that you are always up to date with new developments in your career path. Courses are available online and in-person to fulfill your obligation each renewal period.

This is different in the first licensing cycle during which you have your license. You will need to complete 60 hours in this period. This post-licensing coursework ensures that you are well on your way to becoming a successful real estate agent in your first few years on the job.
These courses help to build on real estate principles. We offer a variety of courses to help you stay up to date with your requirements. Contact us for more information about real estate studies.

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How to Get Your Real Estate License in Oregon

In Oregon, the entry-level real estate license is the broker license. This differs from many other states, but its rights and responsibilities are similar to the real estate salesperson license available in other states. Oregon real estate brokers conduct professional real estate activities under the guidance of a principal broker. A few of the steps for real estate brokers is Oregon are different from steps required in other states, which can become confusing. This guide will walk you through the steps of obtaining your Oregon real estate license.

Meet Basic Oregon Real Estate Qualifications

In order to meet the basic qualifications to become a real estate agent, you must be 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a GED. These qualifications ensure that you are well-prepared for the college-level education that will follow.

You must also create a free account with eLicense, the agency that handles Oregon’s real estate license process. This process is easy but does require a computer and Internet connection. This is the platform through which you will handle real estate license applications.

Submit a Real Estate Application

In many states, submitting an application is the last step. This is not so in Oregon. You will submit a license first. In order to submit a real estate application, you must pay a $230 fee. The fee is not refundable. Submit your real estate application with accurate, detailed information. In return, you will receive an applicant identification number via email. It is important that you keep track of this ID number.

Complete Pre-License Education

Oregon requires that you obtain 150 hours of broker pre-licensing education through an agency-approved school. This includes a total of seven courses total. Education includes a combination of 30 hours of real estate law, 30 hours of real estate finance, and 30 hours of Oregon real estate practice. Additionally, you must take 15 hours in real estate contracts, 10 hours in property management, 20 hours in brokerage, and 15 hours in real estate agency.

In order to attend a real estate school, you will need to provide your applicant identification number and your full name. This ensures that evidence you have completed your education is accurately organized and submitted.

Courses focus on a variety of real estate topics on both state and national levels. You will learn about liens, easements, leaseholds, land use regulations, property taxes, and regulation of environmental hazards. Coursework will also focus on issues like home owners association regulations, market value, real estate appraisal, lender requirements, reverse mortgages, and financing regulations. It covers general principles of agency, including agency relationships, fiduciary responsibilities, disclosures, agent and broker responsibilities, and termination.

The classes can actually get quite specific. The contracts course covers general knowledge of contracts, breach of contract, listing agreements, contingencies, counter offers, leases, and types of deeds. Practice of Real Estate is a course that covers escrow accounts, federal fair housing rules, advertising, agent supervision, general ethics, and antitrust laws. Coursework will explore real estate calculations, including basic math concepts, transaction calculations, property tax calculations, pro-rations, and depreciation.

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Pass the Oregon Real Estate Exam

Upon completing the education requirements, you will be eligible for the Oregon real estate exam. First, you must register with PSI (Psychological Services, Inc.).  You will also pay a non-refundable examination fee that allows you to take the test.

It is important to study for the exam to prepare, as it is closed book. You will learn the material as part of the real estate coursework, but study tools are helpful. You must pass the exam on the national and state level with a score of 75%.  You will receive your score immediately after taking the exam on the computer screen.

The national portion of the exam has 80 questions and allows 120 minutes. This section covers finance, property management, law, and real estate math. The Oregon portion of the exam has 50 questions and allows 75 minutes. This section covers real estate law and practices in Oregon.

Real estate exam scores are valid for a full year. This means that you have one year after you pass the exam to complete the application process before you will be required to take and pass the test again.

Pass a Background Check

Next, you must submit your fingerprints and payment for a background check at the PSI testing center. This happens immediately after you pass the real estate exam, and results are obtained through the Oregon State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigations. Once this process is completed, you have one year to complete the application process.

The background check is meant to determine whether or not you can be a trusted member of the real estate community. While the presence of a criminal background does not automatically mean you cannot become a real estate broker in Oregon, it does mean that the commission will consider the factors involved. The commission considers the nature of the offense as well as how long ago it occurred.

Work with a Principal Real Estate Broker

In order to work as a real estate broker in Oregon, you must be sponsored by a principal broker. This principal broker will supervise your work as a real estate broker and help you adjust to your new career path. When you complete the application process, you must also provide evidence that you have the support of a principal broker.

Receive Your Real Estate License

Once your background check clears and you have found a principal broker to work with, you will receive your real estate license. Once you receive final review of your license, you will receive an email when it is issued. You will then be able to work as a real estate broker anywhere in Oregon.

Your final step is to take continuing education courses in order to renew your license and keep it active. Continuing education keeps you up to speed on new trends and changes in Oregon’s real estate principles and practices. Contact us for more information about taking real estate courses in Oregon.

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7 FAQs for New Real Estate Agents in New Jersey

When you consider a career in real estate, you are awarded many options. If you intend to become a real estate agent in New Jersey, you may have questions specific to your state of interest.

This guide will answer some of the most commonly asked questions by potential and new real estate agents in your state.

1. What Are the Requirements for Becoming a New Jersey Real Estate Agent?

New Jersey real estate agents are required to be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. You must also complete a 75-hour pre-licensing course at a state-approved school. Finally, you must pass the real estate license exam, which has state and national components.

2. Does New Jersey Offer License Reciprocity with Other States?

No. New Jersey does not have any reciprocal agreements with other states. This means that if you have a real estate license in another state, you must still complete all licensing requirements in New Jersey.

3. How Do New Jersey Real Estate Agents Renew their Licenses?

New Jersey has a two-year licensing period. During this time, all real estate agents are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education coursework. There are two options for this coursework.

The first option allows real estate agents to take courses that break down to two hours of ethics, four hours of core courses, and six hours of electives. The second option allows for 12 hours of real estate ethics coursework.

4. What Happens if a Real Estate Agent Fails to Complete Renewal Requirements?

New Jersey real estate agents who fail to complete the respective renewal requirements by the deadline become inactive real estate agents.

In order to begin working as real estate agents again, these individuals are required to reinstate the license. You are allowed to have an inactive license for two years.

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5. What Happens if You Lose Your Real Estate License?

If you lose your real estate license as a New Jersey agent, you are required to notify your employing broker. He or she must then submit a request for a duplicate license through the New Jersey Real Estate Commission via fax or mail. The commission will send you a new license at no additional cost.

6. What Are Character Requirements for Becoming a Real Estate Agent in New Jersey?

In order to become a real estate agent, you are required to meet certain character requirements. According to the real estate commission, you are required to possess good character, honesty, and a trustworthy reputation. You are also required to submit your criminal history on a regular basis. Licensure is not permitted for any individual who has convictions including theft, robbery, forgery, or burglary within five years before applying. It is important to be honest about your criminal history, as lying could also prevent you from obtaining your real estate license.

Finally, make sure to keep up with your continuing education requirements. This means that you will never find yourself behind on meeting renewal requirements. Contact us for more information about meeting your continuing education requirements.

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7 FAQs for New Real Estate Agents in Missouri

The first few months and sometimes even years can be difficult to enjoy with any occupation, but this is especially true for real estate agents. Getting acquainted with your new position is no walk in the park, but this does not mean that you cannot enjoy your time. Becoming used to working as a real estate agent, whether you are still considering the job or are already in the field, takes time.

As you gain experience working as a Missouri real estate agent, you will learn so much. In the meantime, the answers to these frequently asked questions will guide your path.

1. What Does the Missouri Real Estate Commission Do with My Fingerprints?

Every real estate agent in Missouri must submit fingerprints for a background check. The information gleaned from your fingerprints will be stored and compared with MSHP and FBI records. If certain types of criminal convictions, like theft, burglary, or forgery, show up in recent years, the commission may decline your real estate application.

You must be honest about any criminal convictions in your past when you submit your real estate license application. Failing to disclose your history honestly may lead to denial of your application as well.

2. What Are the Requirements for Obtaining a Missouri Real Estate License?

In order to obtain a real estate license in Missouri, you must complete a 48-hour pre-licensing exam before you take the exam. You must also take the national and state real estate examination within six months of fulfilling the coursework obligation. Additionally, you must be willing to be fingerprinted.

3. How Do I Apply to Take the Real Estate Exam?

Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP) administers the Missouri real estate agent and broker exams. You can sign up for the exam through the AMP website, which will ask that you provide your full name, address, phone number, birthdate, and social security number. You also need to supply information about the school through which you took the required courses.

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4. What Should I Do if I Move or Change My Name?

If you move and need to notify the Missouri Real Estate Commission of your new address or a name change, you can submit the online application available online. You can submit the application online, by mail, or via fax. You will not receive a new real estate license unless you submit your old license with a non-refundable $25 fee.

5. How Do I Renew My Real Estate License?

Missouri real estate license holders must renew every two years. In order to do this, you must complete at least 12 hours of continuing education during the renewal period. The courses must be approved by the Missouri Real Estate Commission. Three hours must be core credit coursework, and the remaining hours may be core or elective courses.

Real estate education is an important part of continuing to work as a real estate agent. Are you looking for more information about earning or renewing your Missouri real estate license? Contact us for more information about pursuing your goals.

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5 FAQs for New Real Estate Agents in Virginia

Virginia is a wonderful place to work and live, and your role as a real estate agent helps other people realize this too. When you become a real estate agent, there is a lot to learn. Even when you read the handbooks, it is possible that you still have questions.

This guide will present some of the common questions and answers that pop up concerning prospective and new real estate agents in Virginia.

1. What Requirements Must I Complete within My First Year as a Salesperson?

Within your first year working as an active salesperson, you are required to complete 30 hours of post-licensing education. If you fail to complete this education, you may be placed on inactive status. This means you will not be able to practice as a real estate agent during this time.

The post-licensing program consists of eight separate courses. Coursework includes topics like fair housing, civil rights, real estate law, ethics, current industry issues, contract writing, agency law, Escrow requirements, and risk management.

2. How Do I Become a Real Estate Sales Agent?

In order to work as a real estate salesperson, you must first complete a 60-hour principles course. You are then required to pass a national and state examination. You can register to take the examination through PSI. If you pass both parts of the exam, you can submit your real estate sales application for board approval.

3. How Do I Become a Real Estate Broker?

Virginia real estate brokers are required to complete a course consisting of 180 hours of broker-related topics. You are also required to complete national and station portions of the broker examination. Additionally, you will need to submit verification of your experience as a real estate salesperson. You need to demonstrate that you worked as a salesperson for 36 out of the last 48 months.

The broker-specific courses include law, finance, appraisal, economics, investments, and lending. These topics prepare you for working as a broker.

4. If I Am Licensed in Another State, Can I Become a Virginia Real Estate Agent?

Yes, Virginia does have a reciprocity agreement with other states. While you do not need to complete the education requirements in Virginia, you must demonstrate that you have taken 60 hours of coursework in a principles of real estate course. You must also pass the Virginia portion of the real estate exam. The real estate commission will also ask that you submit certification letters.

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5. How Do I Change My Information with the Real Estate Board?

If you have changed your name or address you can report the changes online. You can log in to your personal profile for easy access. If you are changing your name, be sure to provide a copy of your official documentation to verify this.

If you do not currently have Internet access, you can submit physical forms through the mail, but you still need to provide verification of your changes.

Do you have questions about selling homes in Virginia? Are you curious about the continuing education options available to you? Contact us for more information about your future in the real estate industry.

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5 FAQs for New Real Estate Agents in New Hampshire

New Hampshire real estate agents are focused on much more than getting to work each day. Whether you are already working as a successful sales agent or you are still on your way there, you are sure to have many questions about becoming and working as an agent, especially in the first couple years.

If you have questions about working as a New Hampshire real estate agent, this guide will answer some of them.

1. How Do I Renew My Real Estate License in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire real estate license renewals are offered online through the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission. You will also need to submit payment to renew your salesperson’s license, which is $90. If you send a check, you can make it payable to the Treasurer, State of New Hampshire.

In order to renew your license, you must take required coursework. While the commission offers a list of courses you can consider, some course topics include fair housing, commercial real estate topics, tiny houses, landlord laws, real estate risks, short sales, taxes, and ethics.

2. How Do I Take the Real Estate Licensing Test in New Hampshire?

Testing is administered through AMP. New Hampshire has four testing centers: Concord, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Nashua. When you register through AMP to take the test, you must also pay a salesperson examination fee of $155. This payment may be made via cash or check.

When you arrive at the testing center, you must bring two forms of identification. One form of ID must be issued by the government and offer your full name, photo, and signature. ID may include a passport, driver’s license, or military ID card.

3. What Are the Requirements to Become a New Hampshire Real Estate Salesperson?

Candidates for a real estate salesperson license must complete 40 hours of study before taking a state and national exam. Once you pass the exam, you can submit an application and fingerprints for a background check.

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4. What Is on the New Hampshire Real Estate Exam?

The New Hampshire real estate exam consists of two portions: state and national. For both portions of the test you will have 3.5 hours to finish, and the portions are not separated within the test.

The national portion will include seven major topics within 100 multiple-choice questions. The state portion includes 40 questions that apply strictly to New Hampshire real estate law. Questions pertain to the New Hampshire real estate commission, licensure, agency conduct, licensee conduct, and New Hampshire principles and practices.

5. What Happens If I Fail My Real Estate Exam?

If you do not pass the real estate exam, you must retake the portion you failed again. You are allowed to take the test eight times in one year. If you are unable to pass within the year, you must attend pre-licensing courses again.

There is so much to learn about real estate, no matter where you live. Continuing education is meant to help you move forward in your real estate career. Contact us for more information about New Hampshire’s educational requirements.

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6 FAQs for New Real Estate Agents in Montana

Montana is a fantastic place to work as a real estate agent. If you are still trying to get your feet wet in the real estate industry, you need to know what to expect. The answers to these frequently asked questions will help you as you move along in the field.

1. How Do I Renew My Real Estate License?

The renewal process in Montana is determined by the Board of Realty Regulation. The board has determined that all real estate licenses expire on October 31st of each year. Within 60 days of this expiration date, you are eligible to renew your license. The earlier you renew your license, the easier you can have peace of mind.

In order to renew your license, you must meet continuing education requirements. Active real estate salespersons are required to complete 12 hours of education each year. If this is your first year renewing, you must complete a rookie course.

2. How Do I Obtain a Real Estate Salesperson License?

If you want to become a real estate salesperson, you are first required to take required education. This includes at least a 10th-grade education and 60 hours of pre-licensing coursework. Courses must first be approved by the real estate board.

Real estate candidates must take the real estate exam and receive a passing score. You must also submit a licensing fee of $150 when you turn in your application.

3. What Are the Requirements to Become a Montana Real Estate Broker?

If you want to become a real estate broker, you must possess two years of experience as a licensed real estate salesperson. You must also have passed a Montana broker exam with a score of 80% on both the federal and the state portion. Within three years of submitting an application you must also complete 30 residential transactions and 10 commercial or agricultural transactions.

4. How Do I Register for the Montana Real Estate Sales Exam?

You can register to take the real estate sales exam through Go Amp. You will need to provide evidence that you have completed your real estate education and pay a $106 fee. You will need to travel to Billings, Great Falls, or Missoula to take the test, so make sure to schedule your trip accordingly.

5. What Should I Expect from the Montana Real Estate Exam?

The Montana real estate exam consists of two portions: national and federal. The test consists of 28 questions about agency relationships and contracts, 13 questions about real property ownership, 14 questions about finance, 14 questions about real property, 10 questions about marketing regulations, 8 questions about property management, and 13 questions about real estate calculations.

The candidate handbook for the examination contains practice questions that will help you study for the day of the test.

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The variety in homes available in Montana makes it all the more important to learn exactly how to sell each one.

6. What Kind of Courses Can I Take to Meet Continuing Education Requirements?

The Montana real estate board must approve all course topics. Topics may include issues like agency, agriculture, consumer tax, ethics, data security, land use planning, finance, conflict resolution, risk reduction, fair housing, energy conservation, and real estate law.

Are you looking forward to a career change or expansion of your current duties? We can help you. Contact us for more information about continuing education requirements in Montana.

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