Here are 14 simple steps that we believe will help you understand the porcess to become a real estate agent in Georgia:
1. Understand the GA Real Estate Requirements:
The requirements vary state by state to obtain your real estate license. Here are the current requirements from the Georgia Real Estate Commission:
Requirements: -You must be have a high school diploma or GED. -Pass a background check and be at least 18 years old in order to become licensed in Georgia. (If you are 17, you may sit for the exam, however, the license cannot be activated until you are 18.) AND -Successfully complete the required 75-hour Salesperson Pre-license Course at a school approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission, like the Georgia Academy of Real Estate. THEN -In the first year of your licensure as a salesperson, you must take a 25-hour salesperson post-license course. If you don't complete the post-license course during the first year, your license will lapse.
2. Understand real estate Pre License course requirements Georgia Real Estate Commission requires all potential real estate agents to complete Pre License coursework.
Class Requirements: -Complete 75-hour Pre License course. -Pass course with at least a 72% *Failure to meet this grade will require you to retake the course.
Luckily, the Georgia Academy of Real Estate has a passing rate of 97% for our traditional class setting and a 95% passing percentage in our online course.
3. Register for our Pre-License Course - We currently offer 2 different ways to take the real estate pre license course. First we offer our course with a traditional class setting. This course typically meets 2 times a week for 4 hours over 11 weeks. Alternatively, if your schedule doesn’t allow you to meet the traditional class requirements, we offer an online course that is accredited by ARELLO® and the Georgia Real Estate Commission.
4. Complete and pass the Real Estate “Pre-License” course.
5. Study for the real estate license course.
6. Meet all exam requirements
7. Apply for and schedule for the state exam: - Register for the examination administered by Applied Measurement Professionals and approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission. - Pay the examination fee of $121.
8. Pass the exam: Required score to pass: 72%.
9. Apply for License: Apply for your license within 12 months of the date you pass the exam; If 12 months have passed, you must retake the entire 75-hour course.
One set fee covers the first four years of licensure: If you are applying within three months from taking your exam, the license fee is $170. If applying more than three months but less than 12 months from taking your exam, the license fee is $340.
10. Choose your Broker: Be sure to “shop around” and interview the brokers in your area. Every firm has something different to offer to their agents, so interviewing agents in the area can be very beneficial to your career. Things to look for in a brokerage firm include things such as: the training you will receive, access to offices, conference rooms, and computers, your agent split, etc.
11. Execute your marketing plan. As a new real estate agent, your marketing plan should include a website, business cards, flyers, advertisements, social media, and personal networking. You need to find clients and start getting some transactions under your belt. Just remember that whatever marketing plan you have in place, it’s important for you to continually track your return on investment. Research shows that agents who track their ROI earn more in the long run, compared to agents who don’t.
12. Complete post-license requirements In GA, real estate agents must complete 25 hours of post-license continuing education within the first calendar year of licensure.
13. Close your first transaction! Once you have all your systems in place, let everyone know you’re in the real estate business. You will soon start interacting with potential buyers and sellers, and you’ll be in business! Now comes the part you’ve been waiting for — your first transaction. Even if you feel confident, it’s always a good idea to have a more experienced agent check your work to make sure you’re doing the very best for your clients. After it’s all done, sit down, give yourself a pat on the back, and smile — you’re officially a real estate agent.