4 Florida Real Estate Broker Licensing Requirements

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Are you ready to take your real estate career to the next level? Are you ready to work for yourself and manage other real estate agents? If so, getting a real estate broker license is your next step. Getting a broker’s license involves continuing your real estate education and passing a state approved exam. To get a  Florida real estate broker’s license, you will need to meet all of the following criteria.

1. Experience

Before applying for a Florida real estate broker’s license, you must first hold an active real estate sales associate license for 24 months during the preceding 5 year period prior to applying for a broker’s license. If you have real estate experience from a state other than Florida, that experience may be applied as long as it meets the same criteria.

The experience you have gained within those 24 months gives you a solid base to start from as you begin your journey as a new broker. You will have had experiences, faced situations or problems or had exposure to the general mechanics of a day in the life of a real estate agent. This cannot be said about someone just getting into the business, thus experience is required before taking the next step in your career.

 

2. Education

Anyone interested in obtaining a Florida real estate broker’s license must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Your real estate education continues by taking the required Florida Real Estate Broker Pre-License course, which is a Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) approved, 72-hour class that covers topics such as appraisal, finance, investment and business management. This course is valid for licensure purposes for two years from the course completion date.

It is always important to choose the right course provider for you. Since the course prepares you for the end of course exam, look for an option that includes a prep course to help prepare you for the state exam. Always choose a reputable company and read customer testimonials to ensure that the course provider is one you can trust. Read the IFREC Real Estate Schools Reviews and Success Stories here.

3. Application

You must submit an application to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Real Estate. You can enter all of your information here and it will transmit to the DBPR for processing. You will also need electronic fingerprinting. There are many places where you can have the fingerprints done. IFREC does them at their corporate office in Orlando. Pearson Vue, an outside provider, is contracted with the state of Florida for these as well. They have many other locations around the state of Florida to complete the electronic fingerprints. Your fingerprints will then be transmitted to FDLE and then on to DBPR and attached to your application.

4. Examination and Activation

After you have completed the necessary courses and have received approval on your application, the next step would be to take the Florida Real Estate Broker Examination. You must pass the exam with a score of 75 or higher. Once you have successfully passed the broker state exam, your sales license will convert to a broker associate license. If you are currently employed by a real estate company as an associate, it will remain active under the broker you are currently registered under. To change from broker-associate to broker you will need to submit a DBPR RE 13 Broker Transactions form.

After you have obtained your broker’s license, you must complete two 30 hour broker post license courses before your license expires. At IFREC, you can choose between Managing a Real Estate Office, Investment Analysis and Single Family Residential Property Management.

Obtaining your broker’s license is the next step in furthering your real estate career. Having this advanced license will boost your credibility with your clients. In addition, you always have the option to open your own company, be your own boss and hire and supervise other real estate agents that are working for you. The biggest step is passing the examination, and IFREC offers quality real estate education that will prepare you for this new stage in your career. Talk with an expert career counselor today to see why IFREC is the premier real estate education provider in Central Florida.

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