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To get a license or not get a license, that is the question - real estate license for Florida investors
This is an updated and improved article from one we previously wrote a few years back.
I have probably had at least a hundred people ask me whether or not they should get a Florida real estate license in order to invest in Orlando real estate. There is no quick and easy answer to this question. The answer really depends on what you plan to do in your investment career.
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A real estate license is typically for someone who wants to work with other people to help them buy, sell, or lease their real estate. That is what a traditional real estate licensee (the legal term in Florida is "sales associate") does. Most investors are not planning on working with others, but I do know many sales associates who invest in real estate as a side business.
There are really three main reasons to get a real estate license outside of doing traditional Realtor services.
Reason #1 is to obtain access to the local Multiple-Listing Service (MLS for short). The MLS is the database used by nearly all residential Realtors to advertise their listings to other Realtors and to get their listings posted onto major websites like Realtor.com, Homes.com, Trulia, Zillow, etc. ... more
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