Real Estate Agent vs The Internet

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By ©Patricia Feager, 1/27/2017


What Does It Take To Become a Real Estate Agent

Every licensee has different State Requirements. Currently, to become a Real Estate Agent in Texas, this is how you qualify per the Texas Real Estate Commission. State requirements are subject to change:

  • 30 classroom hours - Principles of Real Estate I
  • 30 classroom hours - Principles of Real Estate II
  • 30 classroom hours - Law of Agency
  • 30 classroom hours - Law of Contracts
  • 30 classroom hours - Promulgated Contract Forms
  • 30 classroom hours - Real Estate Finance
  • File an application - Fees as of 2017 $205.00, Background Check $27.00, Fingerprinting $20.00
  • License Administration by Pearson Vue a testing service company 
  • Anyone not passing the exam by the third time must take additional education (waiting period)
  • Filing for a license application requires an investigation
  • State Law prohibits license renewal for Student Default (exception approved repayment agreement)
  • Applicants who pass must obtain Sponsorship
  • May not practice Real Estate unless Sponsorship is approved
  • Every licensed Agent and Broker must renew their license and pay additional fees
  • Prior to the renewal, everyone must have additional Mandatory Education & pass more tests
  • The cost to do business is ongoing and on a continuous basis - nothing is free


What Does it Take to Put Something About Real Estate on the Internet?

  • Anyone can put anything out there but it doesn't mean they are licensed to do business

What Does it Take to provide information about property worth?

  • Only a licensed Agent who is a paid member of the MLS & State has access to accurate data
  • Only a licensed Agent can provide the best information for negotiating contracts
  • Only a licensed Agent know current market and recent sales

What Does it Take to obtain information about property worth on the Internet?

  • Anyone can publish inaccurate information that's obsolete



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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patricia. 180 hours to get a license. That is more than it takes to get a Managing Broker's license in Illinois or Florida! Enjoy your day!

Jan 27, 2017 05:17 AM #1
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wayne Martin - Thank you! Texas Agents work hard to earn and keep their license. I didn't know how we compare to IL or FL!

Jan 27, 2017 05:22 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Patricia Feager ,

Anyone can put information out on the Internet..and it may or may not be correct. You are right only a licensed agent with access to the MLS & State will have the most complete information for you.

Jan 27, 2017 05:24 AM #3
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

All good points PF to help prop us up in our profession. Most folks have no clue.

Jan 27, 2017 05:26 AM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The requirements for licensing in TX are much more stringent than we are in CT.  Our classes are 60 hours of P & P, and take the test with 3 time the max before more class. Then find a broker to hold the license and the fun begins.  I like your requirements better as it would trim the herd some.

Jan 27, 2017 05:35 AM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Glad to read the hours involved.  From what I have heard, it's too easy in many other States!

Jan 27, 2017 05:37 AM #6
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I love your new profile picture! You make a great partnership in life!

I've heard Texas has strict license requirements and from what it seems, it's true!

All the best to you! 

Jan 27, 2017 06:14 AM #7
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, there's so much incorrect information floating around the Internet and it's such a disservice to consumers. They need to be diligent in looking at who an article is posted by.  

Jan 27, 2017 07:10 AM #8
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good points all Patricia.  Not just RE.  Everyone needs be cognizant of false 'facts' floating around.  Mark

Jan 27, 2017 08:17 AM #9
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

In Michigan it is a shorter process to become an agent, but if one chooses to become a broker there are many more additional requirements.  With so much info on the internet, I think it's a good idea to explain why hiring an agent is superior to just using the internet.  You explain that well!

Jan 27, 2017 08:58 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Patricia - anybody who relies soley on the internet for their information...well that's just craziness. 

Jan 27, 2017 09:58 AM #11
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Your requirements are certainly more stringent than ours, Patricia. In NC, they've eliminated the need to have even a high school diploma and reduced the pass rate on the exam to 71% because so many people failed. I guess they'd rather pass them and have them fail as agents and hurt all of our reputations in the process.

Jan 27, 2017 10:04 AM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You need only 3 real estate college classes to be a salesperson in California but you can also be a high school dropout. If you want a broker's license, you need 8 college classes and two years of real estate experience (or equivalent, which is how I got a broker's license after being an escrow officer), or you can just be a lawyer, and then you don't need any special education, which was probably passed by lawyers, now that I think about it, LOL.

Jan 27, 2017 11:00 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia obtaining a license is not easy.  It is pretty tough to obtain a Loan Originator license as well.  It takes a lot of hours and the test is a beast.

Jan 27, 2017 02:39 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with those who are considering a career in real estate.

Jan 30, 2017 04:45 AM #15
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