Getting Started in Florida Real Estate

  • Florida Real Estate License - In order to list property and transact real estate business on behalf of someone else, you must first obtain a Florida Real Estate license. If you have not previously been a real estate agent in Florida, or a reciprocating state, you will have to start out as a Real Estate Sales Associate (also called an Affiliate-Broker in some states) and work for a licensed broker for at least two years before moving ahead to get your real estate broker's license.
  • Initial requirements. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma in order to apply for a real estate license. http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/re/LicensureInformation.html
  • Submit application to Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC). Candidates must submit the application for a license before registering for the pre-licensing course and include an electronic copy of fingerprints with the application fee. See the FREC web site (https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=true&boardid=25&SID=) for details.
  • Complete pre-licensing course. The course of study approved by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) consists of 63 classroom hours, which can be taken in person or online. Candidates can apply for a license anytime within two years of taking the course.
  • Out of State Real Estate Licenses. Under the Mutual Recognition Agreement, out-of-state applicants who are licensed real estate agents or brokers in their resident states can apply for a license in Florida. These candidates need only pass the Florida law portion of the exam.
  • Passing grades. Candidates must pass the Real Estate Sales Associate exam with a grade of 75 or better. Out of state Applicants taking the Florida Real Estate Law Exam need a grade of 30 or higher. Exam locations are listed here (http://www.realestate-school.com/testing_locations.shtml).
  • Activate your Real Estate License. Upon passing the exam candidates submit a RE-2050-1 form at the examination site to obtain a Florida Real Estate License. Otherwise, candidates can send the form to the Division of Real Estate in the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. ( A link for all the forms: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=true&SID=&boardid=25&professionid=25A)
  • Post-licensing courses. To remain active, real estate agents must complete a post-licensing course approved by the FREC before their license expires. This course consists of at least 45 classroom hours. The post licensing course may also be completed in a classroom setting or online. See our course schedule for details.

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