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So… You Want to be a REALTOR® in Miami?

Posted by Helena Grossberg on January 18, 2015
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Fantastic, join the team! Check the requirements here, discover how to get your license, and learn how to keep it active. It is a fun profession, and if you love what you do, helping people invest and sell properties, you can turn it into a very profitable career.

Congratulations on your decision to become a REALTOR®. Yes, that is how we write it, in capital letters, and with an ® afterwards. This is because the profession must be licensed, and even after getting your license, a sales agent must belong to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Otherwise, the real estate agent cannot show homes, or complete the sale of a residential property.

To be a licensed agent in Florida, you need to be 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and have a social security number. You don’t need to live in Florida, or even in the United States, but you do need to notify the Florida Commission if you change your residency to another location.

You must demonstrate that you are honest, truthful, trustworthy, and have good character and a good reputation for fair dealing. You must be competent and qualified to make real estate transactions and conduct negotiations with safety for investors and others.

The requirements for the profession are simple. You must attend a course with 63 classroom hours and pass a 100-question test at the end. Upon passing the school test, the candidate is qualified to take the state test. The test consists of 45 law-based questions, 45 questions on principles and practices, and 10 real estate math problems.

Once licensed, the agent must work under the supervision of either an owner employer, such as a developer, or a broker. All agents, including attorneys that have obtained a real estate license, must complete a 45-hour post-licensing course prior to the expiration of their initial two-year period to prevent their license becoming invalid.

Every two years it is mandatory to take continuing education classes to keep the real estate license active. This can be accomplished with 14 hours of approved courses, which are designed by the Real Estate Commission of Florida (FREC), the governing body established in 1925 that administers and enforces the law regulating the profession.

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