Pursuing a career as a real estate agent can be a challenging and rewarding way to make a living. Despite what many people think, you don’t need any specific background to become a real estate agent – it’s a field that’s open to everyone.
Steps to Become a Real Estate Agent
- Complete an approved pre-licensing course
- Pass the state exam
Becoming a Real Estate Agent: Where to Begin
Once you’ve decided to pursue a career in real estate, the first step is to determine what’s required in the state where you live and plan to work, since licensing requirements vary widely from state to state. Once you know what’s required of you, you’ll want to decide on the right training program. PDH Real Estate will prepare you in the best way possible for a successful real estate career.
Increase Your Knowledge of Real Estate
With PDH Real Estate’s licensing courses, you’ll begin to understand the real estate process and how to help your clients navigate through it as well. Our courses cover topics like contract law, listing agreements, real estate finance, closings, state-specific laws, and more.
We also offer:
- Real Estate e-books
- Bonus courses on home inspection, mold, and radon
- A downloadable salary guide so you can understand what to expect during your career
- And so much more!
And if you’re brand new to real estate, you can read our blog, “The Home Buying Process, Star to Finish”, to get an idea of what the process looks like.
Passing Your State’s Real Estate Exam
Our Exam Prep Course will help you prepare for your state exam by providing you with over 800 practice questions, 15 practice quizzes, and a simulated final exam. The exam prep course isn’t required as part of the mandatory pre-licensing, but it is highly recommended that you utilize the course to help you prepare for your state exam.
And we’re so confident in our exam prep material, that we offer a Pass Guarantee*. If you don’t pass the state exam on your first try, we’ll reimburse the cost of the exam.
*Pass Guarantee does not apply to Tennessee.
Sharpen Your People Skills
Much of your success as a real estate agent will depend on your ability to establish and maintain relationships with both clients and other real estate professionals, because these are the people who will send referrals your way.
Repeat business is crucial to your success as a real estate agent. It’s important to maintain positive relationships with homeowners and even other real agents, as they will help stabilize your income. Once they know you’re a reliable professional, agents and previous clients will refer friends, family, and coworkers to you for their home buying or selling needs.
Courses That Fit Your Needs
The courses you take are crucial to passing your state’s licensing exam and your success as a real estate agent. Not all courses are created equal, so it’s important that you choose a course that has everything you need to succeed.
Questions to ask yourself before choosing include:
- Are the courses written by experts who are actively practicing real estate agents?
- Are the training materials up-to-date and available 24/7?
- Does the tuition include bonus courses?
- Can the course be completed at your own pace?
- Is the course material available to me even after I graduate?
You should be able to answer “yes” to all of those questions before you decide on a training program. And luckily, PDH Real Estate can provide it all!
Choose a Career Path
After completing your initial training and obtaining your license, there are a few opportunities available to you in regards to our career. Here are some of the options to consider:
- Work for a real estate agency
- Work for yourself and start your own business
- Work either part-time or full-time
- Specialize in residential or commercial real estate
How Long Does It Take to Become a Real Estate Agent?
The amount of time spent going through our licensing courses varies based on state requirements, but most students can expect to spend anywhere from 2-4 months completing the licensing courses. Once the licensing course is completed, you can sit for the state exam. The wait time for a test slot depends on the testing site availability.
Can I Be a Part-Time Real Estate Agent?
Of course! The best part of becoming a real estate agent is being able to set your own schedule. You can work as much or as little as you’d like, which lets you control your work-life balance.
Do I Need a License to Operate as a Real Estate Agent?
Yes. The requirements for how to obtain and maintain the license vary by state, so it’s a good idea to do some research on what is needed before you get started.
How Much Does Getting a Real Estate License Cost?
There are several fees to consider when getting your real estate license, which will vary by state. Fees include things like:
- Pre-license course fees – estimated total cost: $200+
- State exam fees – estimated total cost: $50+
- Fingerprinting/background check fees (if required by your state) – estimated total cost: $100+
- License application fees – estimated total cost: $75+
- Total estimated cost: $425+
Why is PDH Real Estate’s Tuition So Affordable?
Given how much our courses cover, and the quality of our instructors, we could easily charge more for our classes, but that would reduce the number of students that enroll in our classes. PDH Real Estate is committed to helping people get their real estate license, which is why we feel everyone should be able to afford the tuition. We also offer continuing education courses in some states, so by keeping our initial licensing tuition low, we see more students return to us for their continuing education.
Is There an Instructor for the Real Estate Training?
Absolutely! We have several expert instructors on staff, who you can meet here. They have over 150 years of combined experience in the real estate field, so you can be sure you’re getting the best information available.
How Many Hours of Training Are Needed?
How many hours of training you need will vary depending on your state’s requirements, but most states require less than 100 hours of education to get your real estate license.
Will Your Training Prepare Me to Take the Real Estate Exam in my State?
Yes. Between the required course material and the bonus exam prep courses, you’ll have all the tools you need to prepare for your state licensing exam. Our exam prep courses contain over 800 practice questions, 15 practice quizzes, and a simulated state exam.
Does PDH Real Estate Offer Continuing Education?
Can I Download the e-Books and Other Material So That I Can Refer to Them Later?
Yes. The courses and e-books are fully downloadable and printable so you can take notes, highlight, or make flashcards. This can also be helpful if you’re going to be away from your device or internet connection and want to print off portions to study.
If I Have Questions While Taking the Course, is There Someone I Can Speak With?
We provide unlimited support, because we know that learning is a life-long journey. Feel free to call us at 866-492-1867 or email us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Is There a Time Limit to Complete the Real Estate Training Course?
You can work at your own pace to complete our courses – there are no timers.
I’m Ready To Enroll – Where Do I Start?
You can call us at 866-492-1867 to enroll over the phone, or you can select your state from the “Get Licensed” dropdown menu on our website. As soon as you enroll, you’ll have immediate access so you can get started on your way to an exciting career as a real estate agent!