Get your Florida Real Estate License in 2 easy steps!
1 Successfully complete 63 hours of approved pre-license coursework
2 Pass the required state exam
PDH’s Florida pre-license course will:
- satisfy your Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) requirements.
- allow you to work at your own pace since it is 100% online.
- provide a certification of completion.
- meet the requirements of a Florida salesperson license.
- provide lifetime access to course material.
Our exam prep course includes more in-depth content as additional preparation for your real estate exam. We provide you with practice questions and quizzes, and also include a simulated state exam, you you know what to expect come exam time.
You will also have access to unlimited customer support as you work through the program.
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63-Hour Pre-License Course
Over 800 Practice Questions
15 Practice Quizzes
Simulated Final Exam
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Our instructors love what they do and are excited to share their knowledge and their real-world experience with you.
Our team stays on top of state real estate regulations so you are always getting the most accurate information.
The course has gone through Florida’s rigorous approval process so you can be sure you’re in good hands.
Be better prepared and less anxious for the state exam, because you’ll already know what the test will be like.
We know exams can be tough and we want you to be confident knowing that we’re here from lessons to license.
The course is 100% self-paced, meaning you can move through it as quickly or as slowly as you need to.
Learning is a lifelong process. You can go back and reference our course material at any time in the future.
Our industry-leading instructors are here to help with their years of real-world experience and expertise.
Our 63-hour Florida Real Estate License Course will help you kickstart your career as a real estate agent. The course covers topics like contract law, listing agreements, real estate finance, closings, Florida laws, and much more. The course will also provide you with the knowledge essential for passing the state exam. You must complete an approved 63-hour course in order to sit for the state exam.
The content is comprehensive and up-to-date with current trends and regulations. Our course is 100% online so you can study when it’s most convenient for you, from the comfort of your own home.
Benefits of our course include:
- Satisfy your Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) requirements
- Practice for your state licensing exam
- 100% online, so you can work at your own pace
- Certificate of completion
- Pass guarantee
- Lifetime access to course material
Our Exam Prep Course includes more in-depth content as additional preparation for your real estate exam. We provide you with over 800 practice questions and 15 practice quizzes, and also include a simulated state-specific and national exam, so you know what to expect come exam time.
We also offer a pass guarantee – If you do not pass your real estate licensing exam on your first attempt after completing our Exam Prep course, we will reimburse you for the cost of your exam.
You’ll have access to unlimited customer support as you work through the program. If you want to walk into the state exam feeling confident and prepared, enroll today and let our course get you there!
State Requirements for Florida
Florida requirements for real estate licensing
- Hours Required: 63
- Approval: Pending
- Reporting: Your course completion will be electronically reported to Florida DBPR.
- Certification of Completion: You will be provided with a certificate upon completion of the licensing course, which you can print immediately. The certification will include:
- your name
- the completion date
- the course or approval number
- the course name
- the course hours
- Time Constraints: You must sit for the state exam within 2 years of completing the 63-hour pre-license course.
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation – Division of Real Estate
Address: 400 West Robinson Street, N801, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (850) 487-1395
Florida 63-Hour Salesperson Pre-License Course Outline
I. The Real Estate Business
- List the various various tasks involved in brokerage and the various areas of specialization available to practitioners
- Characterize the key skills and proficiencies required for brokers to be competent professionals
- Describe essential phases involved in real estate development and construction
- Explain the key areas of real estate regulation and the critical focus areas of Florida regulatory bodies
- Name the key trade associations and professional organizations comprising the real estate market
II. Florida Real Estate License Law and Qualifications for Licensure
- Encapsulate the origins and recent evolutions of real estate legislation and brokerage oversight
- Summarize the key distinctions between Florida’s authorized license types: sales associate, broker associate, and broker
- Describe the regulatory requirements for license acquisition
- Summarize the license application process and the key requirements for licensure in terms of education, background checks, and the application itself
- Identify and distinguish between the licensing requirements for brokers and sales associates
- Describe Florida’s regulations and requirements governing nonresident brokerage practice within the state
- Summarize Florida’s continuing and post license education requirements and the related processes for renewing the license
- Identify parties who are exempt from Florida licensure
III. License Law and Commission Rules
- Characterize the structure, organization, and primary departmental functions of Florida’s real estate regulatory environment
- Describe the structure and operating authorities granted to the Division of Real Estate and how the Division interfaces with other regulatory entities
- Characterize the structural makeup and key authorities, purposes of the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC)
- Define the distinctions between the key forms of license status, their respective operational authorizations, and how to change between active and inactive status
- Define and distinguish between group licenses and multiple licenses
IV. Authorized Florida Relationships, Duties and Disclosure
- Describe the types of agency and the respective authorities’ agents are conferred within each type
- Summarize the key concepts associated with agency in terms of agency agreements, how agency is created, and the general roles of the parties
- List the key fiduciary duties imposed on agents within the agency relationship as they relate to the principal, or client, and the customer
- Describe the disclosure duties imposed on agents in an agency relationship
V. Florida Real Estate Brokerage Activities and Procedures
- Summarize Florida’s regulations impacting the officing of brokerages, permitted signage, and critical restrictions imposed on practitioners
- Describe how to comply with advertising regulations in terms of the agent’s identity, identifying the broker/firm, internet restrictions, and solicitation requirements
- Detail the regulatory restrictions imposed on licensees in handling, depositing, and accounting for transactional trust funds
- Describe the process of resolving disputes in escrow disbursements according the regulatory guidelines
- Summarize the key restrictions imposed in dealing with rental lists
- Summarize the various jeopardies involved in representing a licensee’s areas of competence and permitted practices
- Describe the essential regulations impacting the structuring and disclosure of the licensee’s commissions or other compensation
- Identify the key procedures required for effecting changes in one’s license or business location
- Identify what entities are allowed to be licensed in Florida and the key requirements for effecting licensure by entity
- Explain the key compliance conditions for using trade names in Florida brokerage practice
- Summarize the nature and consequences for misrepresentation and other fraudulent practices in Florida brokerage
- Summarize several key ethical foundations undergirding professional practices in Florida brokerage in terms of disclosures, competition, agency relationships, conformance with standards
VI. Florida Violations of License Law, Penalties, and Procedures
- Highlight the key benchmarks and milestones involved in adjudicating complaints occurring within the jurisdiction of Florida real estate license regulation
- Summarize the steps leading up to investigations, hearings rulings and appeals
- Identify the adjudicative limitations and alternative punitive measures available to FREC and the Division
- Explain how complainants can obtain relief using the Real Estate Recovery Fund
- Summarize the impact on the licensee of a Recovery Fund reimbursement to a complainant
VII. Federal and State Laws Pertaining to Real Estate
- Summarize the overall thrust and purpose of federal and state fair housing laws as it relates to residential brokerage practice
- List the salient laws that have formed the foundations of anti-discrimination in American housing practice
- List and characterize the key discriminatory practices outlawed by fair housing and fair financing legislation
- Describe the essential disclosures licensees must make to comply with fair housing practices, e.g., display of the Equal Housing Opportunity poster
- List the protected classes cited by both federal and Florida fair housing law
- Describe the central tenets of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Enumerate the essential types of discrimination outlawed by fair housing laws
- Summarize the key provisions of Florida Fair Housing Law
- Summarize the key elements of the Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
VIII. Property Rights
- Define and distinguish the key terms of land, real estate, and real property
- Identify the key differentiations between real property and personal property
- List and characterize the rights included in the “bundle of rights”; distinguish between surface, air and subsurface rights
- Define and differentiate riparian and littoral water rights
- Differentiate between possessory and non-possessory interests in real estate
- Differentiate between freehold and leasehold estates
- Describe the principal forms of freehold and leasehold estates
- Characterize and differentiate tenancy in common, joint tenancy, severalty, and tenancy by the entireties
- Describe the four principal forms of leasehold estates
- Define and differentiate ownership implications between condominiums and cooperatives
- Describe the principal regulations impacting time shares development, marketing and contracting
- Define a homeowners association and list what disclosures must be made in selling properties in HOA subdivisions
- Characterize the essential elements and mechanics of Community Development Districts (CDDs)
IX. Title, Deeds and Ownership Restrictions
- List the forms of voluntary and involuntary title transfers
- List the key requirements underlying deed validity; deed completion and deed delivery
- Differentiate between witnessed, holographic, approved and nuncupative wills
- Summarize the key forms and processes of probating an estate
- Define the key forms of involuntary title transfer
- Identify the purpose and the two key forms of notice; actual and constructive
- Summarize the essential forms of identifying ownership of real estate title
- List, define the essential type of deeds and salient deed clauses
- Define and cite the distinctions between police power, eminent domain, and taxation
- Characterize the essential forms of private encumbrances, including easements, encroachments, licenses, deed restrictions and liens
- Describe the central function and purpose of deed restrictions and conditions
- Summarize the salient forms of easements, how they operate and how they are terminated
- Describe the principal types of leases
X. Legal Descriptions
- Summarize the essential purposes of legal descriptions and how they are used
- Describe the essential characteristics and methodology of the metes and bounds method of legal descriptions
- Describe the essential characteristics and methodology of the Rectangular Survey System method of legal descriptions
- Define the key terms of parallels, ranges, tiers, meridians, townships, sections
- Define the lot and block, or recorded plat map, method of descriptions
- Define and describe the usage of datums, assessor’s parcel number, and assessment rolls
- Define and characterize the applications of real estate surveys
XI. Real Estate Contracts
- Define the essence of a contract and its validity requirements
- Differentiate between valid, unenforceable, void and voidable contracts
- Differentiate between oral vs. written; unilateral vs. bilateral; and executory vs. executed contracts
- Summarize the contracting, offering and counter-offering process
- Summarize contract creation and forms of contract termination
- Characterize contract breaches and the types of legal remedies available to damaged parties
- Define and describe the essential types of listings: exclusives, exclusive agency; opens; net listings
- Summarize key provisions and requirements of listings
- Describe the salient legal characteristics of the sale contract and how created
- List the key provisions of sale contracts and the remedies for buyer or seller default
- Summarize the purpose, essential provisions, and operating mechanics of the Sellers Real Property Disclosure Form
- Summarize the essential disclosures required in completing a transaction, including radon, lead, energy efficiency, HOAs, flood zone, Transfer Disclosure Statement, environmental hazards
- Explain the key mechanics, purposes and validity requirements of real estate options
- Describe the key facets, mechanics and risks of installment sales contracts
XII. Residential Mortgages
- Describe the key characteristics of, and provisions contained in, the note and mortgage instruments
- Highlight the steps involved in the initiation and fulfillment of a mortgage transaction
- Explain mortgage lien priority and its importance
- List the key mechanical components of the mortgage loan
- Characterize essential provisions of mortgages including origination fees, take-out commitments, payments, and assignment
- Summarize ways to purchase mortgaged property
- Explain and differentiate alternative foreclosure methods used to enforce mortgage lien defaults
- Describe the nature and key characteristics of a short sale and how it differs from conventional conveyances
XIII. Types of Mortgages and Sources of Financing
- Describe common mortgage features including down payments, LTVs, PMI, amortization and negative amortization
- Characterize the unique facets of amortized loans, adjustable v fixed rate loans, and bi-weekly loans
- Describe the distinguishing characteristics of purchase money mortgages; wraparounds, reverse annuity loans, interest-only loans, blanket loans and buydowns
- Explain the unique characteristics of FHA loans, their benefits, and qualifying requirements
- Describe the essential attributes of VA loans and how to qualify for them
- Describe the defining aspects of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and its underwriting prohibitions
- Summarize the mortgage loan application process including the information required, underwriting qualifications, and the loan commitment
- Describe the essential aspects of the primary mortgage market
- Summarize the secondary mortgage market and how it provides liquidity to the primary market
- Summarize the defining aspects and roles of the principal secondary market players including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae
- Identify salient types of mortgage fraud
- Summarize the central thrusts of fair financing laws including TILA, Reg Z, ECOA, and RESPA
XIV. Real Estate Related Computations and Closing of Transactions
- Describe the preliminary steps leading up to closing and the licensees role in assisting the principal parties
- Summarize the key events that occur at closing including funds transfer, settlement, and title transfer
- Describe how TILA and RESPA impact the closing process and disclosures
- Summarize the financial aspects of the settlement statement in the closing
- Explain the purpose and mechanics of prorations and what items are prorated
- Define the various closing costs and taxes imposed by government jurisdictions at closing
XV. The Real Estate Markets and Analysis
- Identify the unique physical characteristics of land and real estate
- Summarize the unique economic facets of real estate in terms of supply and demand and price
- Detail the unique underlying determinants of demand for real estate by type of real estate (retail, office, industrial)
- Describe the relationship between real estate demand and the base employment in a market
- Summarize the specific supply/demand interrelationships driving increases or decreases in prices
- Describe the four stages of the supply-demand cycle
XVI. Real Estate Appraisal
- Summarize how real estate appraisal practice is regulated in Florida and nationally via licensure and adherence to USPAP standards
- Describe the role of FIRREA and the Appraisal Qualification Board in regulating appraisal practice in federally-related transactions
- Define the various types of value that affect real estate practice
- Explain the mechanics and key characteristics of the economic principles of highest and best use, contribution, progression, substitution and anticipation
- List the basic steps in the appraisal process
- Explain the essential steps in the sales comparison approach, the cost approach, and the income approach
- Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the three approaches to value
- Explain the formulas for deriving the gross rent and gross income multipliers
- Describe how to prepare a CMA and highlight the keys to making a more accurate CMA
XVII. Real Estate Investments and Business Brokerage Opportunity Brokerage
- Summarize the basic considerations underlying the relative attractiveness and risk of a given investment, including risk, return, management, and liquidity
- Highlight the essential types of investment risk that affect real estate investments
- Describe the differences between income and non-income producing real estate investments
- Summarize how income property investments work from a financial or investment perspective
- Cite the investment benefits of a residential real estate investments in terms of appreciation, gain, and tax shelter
- Summarize the key steps in deriving cash flow of an income-producing real estate investment
- Describe how to derive the investment’s taxable income
- Describe and differentiate the two types of business brokerage (asset vs. stock sale)
- Identify the fundamental steps involved in the business brokerage transaction
XVIII. Taxes Affecting Real Estate
- Identify the governmental entities/districts authorized to levy real estate taxes in Florida and which taxes they levy
- Summarize the essential facets of ad valorem taxation in Florida in terms of tax schedule, due dates, tax rates, and deriving the tax bill for taxpayers
- Describe and define immune property, exempted property, and the homestead exemption; how the homestead exemption works
- Summarize how tax liens are enforced upon the non-payment of taxes by the homeowner
- Describe the mechanics of federal capital gain taxation and how it works, including the exclusion for one’s principal residence
- Explain how federal income taxation works for income-producing properties
- Summarize the effects of installment sales and 1031 sales on federal capital gain taxation
XIX. Planning, Zoning and Environmental Hazards
- List the various goals of public and private land use control
- Describe the general purposes and process of public planning from master planning to zones, codes, and permits
- Identify the general considerations underlying how a municipality handles community growth and infrastructure support
- Describe the purpose of the Florida Growth Policy Act and Florida Community Planning Act
- Describe what areas the master plan attempts to regulate and optimize, e.g., land use, traffic, neighborhoods
- List the tools at the disposal of public planners enabling enforcement of the land use plan (codes, eminent domain, etc.)
- List the tools at the disposal of public planners enabling enforcement of the land use plan (codes, eminent domain, etc.)
- Characterize the essential actions of the Zoning Board of Adjustment; differentiate non-conforming uses, variances, special exceptions and amendments
- Describe the basic mechanisms/tools for regulating subdivisions, commercial buildings, construction, and planned construction projects
- Describe the regulatory process set forth by the National Flood Insurance Program to optimize measures for flood control
- List essential, specific areas of concern in minimizing the adverse effects of environmental hazards
- Identify specific statutes enacted to control air and water quality; waste disposal; site contamination remediation, and general environmental violations
XX. Real Estate Math
- Add and multiply fractions
- Convert decimals, fractions and percentages
- Calculate area of basic shapes
- Calculate area from legal description
- Calculate commission
- Calculate Goodwill
- Calculate Percentage of Listing Price
- Calculate Earnest Money Deposits
- Calculate Rent Escalations
- Calculate FIRPTA Withholdings
- Adjust Comparables for Appraisals
- Calculate Income Capitalization
- Calculate Loan Amounts, Rates, and Payments
- Calculate Loan-to-Value Ratio
- Calculate Income/Debt Underwriting Ratio
- Calculate Points, Appreciation and Equity
- Calculate Pre-tax Cash Flow
- Calculate Tax Liability
- Calculate Annual Depreciation Expense
- Calculate Capital Gain, Return, Rate of Return, and Investment Amount
- Calculate Tax Rate, Special Assessment and Prorations
Yes. You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent to apply for a real estate license in Florida.
Yes. You must be 18 year of age before applying for a Florida real estate license.
No. We only offer the 63-hour pre-licensing salesperson course online. We do not offer a classroom pre-licensing course to obtain your Florida real estate license. We find that most students prefer to complete their education on their computer, smartphone or tablet.
Yes, once you complete the courses online you will be able to immediately print your certificates.
No, the 63-hour course does not have a timer, but Florida requires a timed final exam. You will work through all the course modules at your own pace and pass the quizzes and Check Points In the 63-hour course. No worries, you have the option to retake all quizzes and Check Points, so you are prepared for the timed final exam. You will have three hours to complete the 100-question final exam at the end of the course.
After I complete my pre licensing course, do I send my state Florida real estate salesperson application to you?
No. You will apply for your salesperson license through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The application provided by the DBPR will include information on where you need to send your application.
Our Pass Guarantee is your assurance that if you do not pass your real estate licensing exam on your first attempt after completing our Exam Prep course, you will be reimbursed for the cost of your exam. See our policies for more information.
The 2 e-books included are Principles of Real Estate and the Real Estate Math Handbook. Principles of Real Estate Practice is a modern learning tool for the student preparing to enter the real estate business as a licensed professional. It contains the essentials of real estate law, principles, and practices taught in real estate schools and colleges across the country, including all those fundamentals that real estate educators, practicing professionals, national testing services, and state licensing officials agree are necessary for basic competence. Principles of Real Estate Practice is tailored to the needs of the pre-license student. It is designed to: make it easy for students to learn the material; prepare students for numerous career applications; stress practical rather than theoretical, skills and knowledge. The Real Estate Math Handbook gives solutions to the most common math problems faced by real estate professionals.