To Be or Not To Be a Broker

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Many real estate agents think it is a waste of time to go through the time and expense to get a broker license.  To be or not to be a broker is the question.  Some think a broker license is only for agents who either want to manage an office or who want to open their own office.  They couldn’t be more wrong in my opinion!


To be or not to be a broker is a no-brainer in my world.  When I first got a Florida broker license in 1985, I had no idea of ever owning my own company.  I wanted it for a couple reasons, one of which was to validate my knowledge and education.  Lots of real estate agents try to convince consumers that they are smart, that they know everything there is to know about real estate, and that the consumer couldn’t be in better hands.  It’s been my experience throughout life that when someone blows their own horn, they usually are lacking somewhere in the notes they’re playing.


To be or not to be a broker helps to put what you know out in front.  Once you can pass a broker course and the state exam, there’s no denying that you know stuff.  It’s obvious that you know more stuff than a real estate agent.  I’m not knocking real estate agents.  I’m just saying that if you want to be a head above the other real estate agents, instead of talking about yourself, earn the credentials that tell the world you know what you’re doing.  Get a broker license.


Some broker-associates never use their license for management or to open an office.  I can tell you this, though, your peers respect that license whether they want to get one or not.  Referring agents from other areas are always happy to put their consumer in the hands of someone who has a broker license.  A broker license tells your peers that you’ve been down that road.  The agents who don’t travel down that road may say they see no reason to go there, but if they were offered an easier path to a broker license, I’d wager most of them would take it.


To be or not to be a broker is totally up to you.  TEAM Hughes Real Estate School is offering a broker course in October, and I have the honor of teaching the course.  I have been a Florida broker twice and I’ve been a South Carolina broker.  To me, it is an honor, and it tells my students that I’ve been in their shoes.  There is no better feeling than to have the respect of your peers, and having a broker license helps get you that respect.  Our course is $500, and that includes book, handouts and even dinner each night by various vendors.  The class will meet Mondays through Wednesdays for five weeks, 5:30 until 9:30 PM, October 16th through November 15th.  I promise you that by the time we are finished, you will be awestruck with the amount of things you’ve learned!  Come join us.  We’ll finance the class for you – just call and let me explain how.

Comments (4)

Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

It is the best investment in Real Estate I have ever made.

Aug 23, 2017 04:46 AM
Carrie Hughes

Thanks, Peter!  I agree!

Aug 24, 2017 11:16 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I got my brokers license as soon as I could.  Best move I've made in this business. Now there is a class you must take before taking the test and a class afterward...

Aug 23, 2017 04:52 AM
Carrie Hughes

Thanks, James!  Aren't you glad you don't have to worry about all those hours and exams they require now!  I sure am!

Aug 24, 2017 11:17 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I pondered that question for over 25 years!

Once you can pass a broker course and the state exam, there’s no denying that you know stuff.  It’s obvious that you know more stuff than a real estate agent.  I’m not knocking real estate agents. 

Aug 23, 2017 04:54 AM
Carrie Hughes

Glad you finally answered the question about being a broker!  Thanks for sharing, Sham!

Aug 24, 2017 11:18 AM
Michelle Edwards
Realty One Group Trilogy - San Bernardino, CA
Licensed Realtor® in California and Nevada

For my career, it has never been a question of if, but of when. I am looking forward to earning my California Broker's license!

Aug 23, 2017 08:11 AM
Carrie Hughes

I'm very excited for you, Michelle!  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 24, 2017 11:19 AM