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Back-to-School Basics: The A-B-Cs of Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Back-to-School Basics: The A-B-Cs of Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Pencils and books are bought, lunches are packed and this year’s slew of back-to-school ads have pretty much everyone looking stylish and at least attempting to do the floss! Yep, from pre-K to post-doctoral, most students across the country are back in class—or at least they’re more than ready to be there.

Are you feeling the urge to hit the books and head back to class too? This school year, a career change could be your next chapter—and real estate is the perfect place to find your niche. Just think… a flexible schedule where you’re in charge of your hours and earning potential. That’s what you’ll find with a career in real estate.

If you are interested in pursuing a professional career in the real estate industry, we’re giving you a few basic tips on how to break into the business. Here are the A-B-Cs of how you can become a real estate agent:

A. Meet the requirements.
It is possible for most adults to pursue a rewarding career in real estate. In fact, as long as you’re 18 years of age or older—and you have the equivalent of a high school diploma—you can do what it takes to become a professional real estate agent.

B. Don’t miss a class.
As with most professions, you’ll need to hit the books in order to become a professional real estate agent. There are two 30-hour courses you need to take before qualifying for the licensure exam to become a real estate agent in Pennsylvania.

C. Reveal any skeletons.
When it comes to real estate, in addition to listing homes on the market, you’ll be putting your name out there too. That means you’ll want to reveal any history you may have. You’ll need to pass a criminal background check before earning your real estate license.

D. Make the grade.
Not only do you need to take the required classes, but you also need to pass Pennsylvania’s state licensure exam before becoming a professional real estate agent. What is passing? Answering 75% or more of the exam questions correctly!

E. Apply for your license.
Once you reach this step, you’re almost there. After you pass Pennsylvania’s licensure exam, pay the necessary fee and apply for your real estate license. What comes next? You begin building your business by marketing to the region’s home buyers and sellers!

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty, we pride ourselves in helping real estate agents launch their careers, grow their businesses and thrive in today’s market. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in real estate, let us help you get started today