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How to Become A Florida Real Estate Agent

By Tabitha Naylor

Are you thinking about becoming a licensed real estate broker in the state of Florida? Florida, like most other states has a real estate industry that is legislated. That means you cannot simply go out and start looking for listings and sell real estate without meeting basic eligibility requirements and passing a licensing exam. This article walks you through the steps necessary to become a licensed Florida real estate broker.

Overview

The real estate industry in Florida is administered and enforced by the Florida Real Estate Commission, which functions under The Florida State Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate. This commission is composed of seven members, five members that have been licensed for five years or more, and two members who have never been licensed. You can apply to be a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate or A Florida Real Estate Broker. The requirements are similar but not the same.

Eligibility Requirements
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent GED
  • Arrest and police history
  • Fingerprints less than 60 days old

If the applicant meets the Florida real estate educational requirements, the applicant may apply for and take the state real estate exams.

Requirements for Real Estate Sales Associate License
  • 63 classroom hours of education including required Florida real estate courses (valid for two years)
  • Pass the Florida real estate exams with a grade of 75 or better. If the candidate fails an examination there is a 24 hour waiting period before you can schedule another exam. You may only retest once within 12 months (one year) of the original exam date.
  • 45-hour post licensing course which must be completed during the initial renewal period and prior to the expiration date.
  • 14 hours of post licensing continuing education every two years
Requirements for a Real Estate Broker License
  • Hold an active sales associate license
  • Completed 12 months of real estate experience during a period of five years prior to applying for the broker's license (Experience in other states is okay)
  • 72 classroom hours of Florida specific real estate courses (valid for two years)
  • Pass the Florida real estate exams with a grade of 75 or better. If the candidate fails an examination there is a 24 hour waiting period before you can schedule another exam. You may only retest once within 12 months (one year) of the original exam date.
  • Find employment with a licensed real estate broker or real estate agency and submit a DBPR RE-10 form to activate the license.
  • 60 hours of post licensing Florida real estate courses completed prior to the expiration of the initial broker license.

Fees

The fee for a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License is $105.00 (exam cost). The fee for a Florida Real Estate Broker License is $115.00

Resources
  • The Candidate Information Booklet -This is a very helpful document you can use to prepare for the exam.
  • Florida Real Estate Schools-You can take the necessary courses you need and receive exam preparation.
  • The Florida Association of Realtors
  • The National Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • The National Association of Realtors
Florida has reciprocity agreements with the following states:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma

If an applicant for a Florida real estate license already holds a real estate license from one of these other states the applicant may be able to waive educational courses and exam requirements in Florida. The real estate license in one of the states listed above must have been earned through courses and exams and not awarded as a mutual recognition license from a different state.

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