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Categories Marketing Financing Accounting HR Retail Ecommerce Realtors Business Law Running a Business Sales Starting a Business Buyers Guides Company Reviews Glossary Company Info About Us We’re Hiring! Ask a Question Open Menu How to Become a Real Estate Broker By Emile L'Eplattenier on December 7, 2016 | How To, License, Real Estate | Comments (0)We would like to thank Brightwood Real Estate Education, a provider online real estate courses, for sponsoring this articleBrightwood offers a great e-book on “Launching Your Real Estate Career” which can be downloaded for free hereAll views expressed in this article belong exclusively to Fit Small Business. After surviving your first few years as a real estate agent, you owe it to yourself to take the next step and learn how to become a real estate brokerYou’ll make more money, get more respect from colleagues and clients, and best of all, have the opportunity to start your own brokerage and hire agents. In this guide, we’ll cover the primary things you’ll need to know to become a real estate broker, including the following: What’s Required to Become a Real Estate Broker Your State’s Requirements for Work Experience Your State’s Requirements for Prelicensing Courses How to Find a Good Prelicensing Course in Your State How to Pass the Real Estate Broker Licensing Exam How Much Does it Cost to Become a Real Estate Broker? Why Should You Get Your Real Estate Broker’s License? What’s Required to Become a Real Estate Broker While the requirements vary slightly by state, in order to get your broker’s license, there are typically three main things you need to do: Complete the required work experience in your state; Take the required pre-licensing courses; and Pass the broker’s exam in your state. Next, we’ll go over how to complete these three requirements and get your broker’s license. Your State’s Requirements for Work Experience Almost every state requires that you work as a licensed real estate agent for several years, and/or complete a certain number of real estate transactions in order to get your broker’s license. The table below shows the work experience needed to get your broker’s license in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois. Broker Work Experience Requirements By State StateRequired Work Experience California 2 years of full time work as a licensed real estate salesperson in the five years prior to applying for a broker’s license OR A degree major or minor in real estate from an accredited 4 year university(case by case) OR Experience as an escrow, title, or loan officer OR Experience as a subdivider, contractor, or speculative builder with comprehensive duties related to purchase, finance, development and sale of real property OR Experience as a real property appraiser More info Texas 4 years of licensure as a real estate salesperson in Texas in the 5 years prior to applying for a broker's license OR hold a current out of state Broker’s license AND 3600 points of qualifying practical experience during four of the five years prior to applying for a broker’s license(for example, one closed sale = 300 points.) More info New York 2 years of full time work as a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of New York AND 3500 points of qualifying practical experience(for example, one closed sale = 250 points) OR Experience and education requirements are waived for attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar More info Florida 2 years of full time work as a licensed real estate salesperson during the five years prior to applying for a broker’s license More info Illinois Had an active real estate salesperson license for 2 of the three years prior to applying for a managing broker’s license OR Be licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois More info As the table shows, states that require a certain number of transactions like New York generally work on a point systemIn order to get your broker’s license, you need to have proof of completing a certain number of transactions, each with a different point valueFor example, in New York State, you will need a total of 3500 points of experience to get your broker’s licenseHere are some examples of transactions and their point value in New York State. Single family home, condo, co-op sale = 250 points per transaction Office building= 400 points per transaction Commercial lease= aggregate rent $1-$200,000= 150 points per transaction Rentals or subleases= 25 points per transaction To see the rest of the worksheet for New York State, click here In order to have your work experience points count toward the 3500 point requirement, you will need to have your managing broker complete and sign a form that gets sent to the department of stateWhile you do not need to submit documentation along with the form, documentation may be requested by the department of state before you get your broker’s license. Here are the work experience requirements to get your broker’s license in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois. Your State’s Required Prelicensing Education In addition to qualifying work experience or education, all states require comprehensive prelicensing education before you can apply for your broker’s licenseWhile the requirements in your state can vary anywhere from 45 hours to 900 hours of prelicensing education, here’s a quick breakdown for California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois. Prelicensing Broker Education Requirements by State State Hours of Prelicensing Courses Required StateHours of Prelicensing Courses Required California 360 classroom hours total - 225 hours of state required courses, 135 hours approved electives The five required courses are: Real Estate Practice (45 hours) Legal Aspects of Real Estate(45 hours) Real Estate Appraisal(45 hours) Real Estate Finance(45 hours) Real Estate Economics(45 hours) More info Texas 900 classroom hours total - 270 hours state required core courses, 630 hours in related courses.* (*a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University in a related field can satisfy all 630 hours of related courses) (All previous real estate courses including the 180 hour agent/salesperson pre-licensing courses and CE courses count toward the core courses requirement) The 270 hours of core courses must include: Principles of Real Estate (60 hours) Law of Agency (30 hours) Law of Contracts (30 hours) Promulgated Contracts Forms (30 hours) Real Estate Finance (30 hours) Real Estate Brokerage (30 hours) More info New York 120 classroom hours total - 45 hour broker qualifying course, + 75 hours of salesperson licensing courses (already completed if you have a NYS salesperson license) Topics covered in the 45 hour course include: License Law Agency and Real Estate Brokerage The Broker’s Office Real Estate Finance and Investment General Business Law Construction and Development Conveyance of Real Property Property Management Taxes and Assessments Local Concerns for Upstate New York OR Education requirements are waived for attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar More info Florida 72 classroom hours Course topics include: Getting Started in the Real Estate Brokerage Business Valuing Real Property Listing and Selling Real Property Specialties More info Illinois 45 classroom hours Course topics include: Agent responsibilities Working with buyers and sellers Short sales and foreclosures Advertising regulations Agent safety Choosing comparables Opening and maintaining an office Building a successful team Creating a policy manual More info How to Find a Good Real Estate Broker Pre-licensing Course in Your State When looking for a good broker licensing course in your state, you want to try to find a school that has a great reputation, offers classes that can be taken around your busy schedule, and finally a school that won’t charge you an arm and a leg. For salesperson and broker prelicensing courses, we recommend BrightwoodBrightwood has been educating students for more than 70 years and offers both in person and online courses that can often be taken whenever you have free timeBest of all, Brightwood’s broker prelicensing courses are competitive with if not cheaper than other less respected real estate schools. Visit Brightwood Unfortunately, Brightwood broker courses are not available in all statesIf Brightwood isn’t available in your state, don’t worryEvery state has broker pre-licensing courses availableHere’s how to find a good school in your state. Ask Your Colleagues or Your Managing Broker Chances are your coworkers or your managing broker will be able to tell you what prelicensing schools are great and also which ones to avoidBe sure to get several opinions here because most people will only have experience with one school. Run a Quick Google Search Google searches are local by default, so you should find schools in your area on the first or second page of the search results. Call Your State Licensing Department or Check Their Website Before pulling the trigger on a school, make sure they are accredited to offer broker pre- licensing courses in your stateCheck with your state’s real estate licensing department. How to Pass the Real Estate Broker Licensing Exam (on the first try) Since you’re more than likely going to be investing a significant amount of time and money taking prelicensing courses, you need to take your broker’s exam seriouslyIn every state the broker’s exam is more in-depth and longer than the agent/salesperson’s examIn California, for example, the broker’s exam is 5 hours long broken up into two two and a half hour sessionsIn order to pass the exam, you need to get at least 75% of the 200 questions correct. You also have to keep in mind that in states like Texas that require a minimum of 270 hours of study, it may take you several months to complete all the required coursesThis is especially true for agents who need to continue working while taking coursesThis is why test prep is highly recommended for anyone attempting the broker’s exam. This is why courses like Brightwood’s real estate broker exam prep package are so popular with busy agentsThey start you off with a diagnostic practice exam to assess your strengths and weaknesses, and then you can take online on demand or live courses to improve your knowledge. Visit Brightwood How Much Does it Cost to Become a Real Estate Broker? In order to become a real estate broker, you will need to pay for the following: Prelicensing education – Anywhere from $300 – $2000 depending on your state State application and exam fees– About $150-$200 depending on your state Costs associated with starting a brokerage (optional) – $500- $50,000 or more per year (this includes the cost of office space, hiring agents, marketing, etc.)Brokers who open their own brokerages are called managing brokersMany brokers choose to be associate brokers and work for a brokerage. The table below breaks down the costs for real estate broker prelicensing courses and application/exam fees in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois. Cost to Become a Real Estate Broker by State State Cost to Become a Real Estate Broker StateCost to Become a Real Estate Broker California Course Fees: Home study course package at Brightwood (360 hours): $448 Al la carte live and on demand courses at Brightwood: $1112 State Fees: Exam fee: $95 Application fee: $300 Total cost to become a real estate broker in California: $848-$1507 Texas Course Fees: Costs vary widely (~$350-$2000+) depending on college degree, CE, and post licensing courses taken State Fees: TREC Application fee: $305 Background check: $29.75 Paper Processing fee: $20 Total cost to become a real estate broker in Texas: $644.75-$2344.75 More info New York Course Fees: Online course at Brightwood: $349 State Fees: Application fee: $150 Exam fee: $15 Total cost to become a real estate broker in New York State: $514 Florida Course Fees: Bob Hogue School of Real Estate: $395 State Fees: Application fee: $91.75 Total cost to become a real estate broker in Florida: $486.75 Illinois Course Fees: Real Estate Institute: $350 State Fees: Application fee: $150 Total cost to become a managing real estate broker in Illinois: $500 In states like California and Texas that require more than 300 hours of course time, the most cost effective way to get your broker’s license is via home study coursesIn California for example, the complete 360 hour home study course comes in at $448. However, if you choose to take a combination of live courses or on demand courses (online video or text based courses), you’ll pay a minimum of $169 per courseSince you need five required courses and three electives, that means your cheapest option if you choose live courses would be $1112. Why Should You Get Your Real Estate Broker’s License? While the experience and educational requirements needed to get your real estate broker’s license might seem daunting, upgrading your license is often worth the effortHere’s why. You can open your own brokerage – No more splitting commissions with your managing brokerYou will be able to keep 100% of whatever commissions you collectThat being said, you don’t have to open your own brokerageYou can work as an associate broker at an existing brokerage. You can command a higher split if you choose to work for someone else – Managing brokers value education and applicants who are committed to real estate as their careerAs an associate broker, you will be able to negotiate better splits with most firms you interview with. Increased job mobility – As a real estate broker, you are not only limited to helping clients buy and sell homesMany boutique brokerages and startups need a managing broker simply to hang their license at their firms to operateYou may be able to get a salaried position at one of these firms with a bonus structure. You will get more leads and land more listings – While not everyone knows the differences between a real estate agent and a real estate broker, informed buyers and sellers doThis will give you an edge over agents who haven’t taken the time to get their broker’s license. You can start managing rental properties – Since rents are rising nationwide, many investors, both large and small, are purchasing and holding rental propertiesSince investors may not have the desire or skills to manage their own rental properties, property management can offer you a lucrative new income streamYou need to have a licensed real estate broker on staff to start a property management firm. The Bottom Line While becoming a real estate broker represents a significant investment in time and often money, the rewards almost always outweigh the risksOnce you decide to become a broker, make sure you take your courses at a respected real estate school and sign up for a broker’s exam prep course. About the AuthorEmile L'EplattenierAs a Real Estate Sales and Marketing Analyst at Fit Small Business, Emile is responsible for the editorial direction of the site’s real estate content as well as curating actionable insights from top producing agents and brokerages from across the countryA licensed New York City Real Estate Agent and veteran of the marketing department at Tishman Speyer, Emile has been involved in every aspect of residential real estate from brand new developments to pre-war rentals and resalesEmile also regularly provides market insights and commentary for publications like, Fox News, Yahoo, and US News & World ReportWhen he’s not writing or editing, Emile enjoys collecting vintage furniture and playing his guitar. 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