Outlined from the legal authorities that allow you to be a licensed REALTOR® in the state of Texas, the process of becoming a TEXAS REALTOR®
1. The process with TREC
T.R.E.C. stands for Texas Real Estate Commission and it is the government’s licensing authority, meaning they are your Texas Real Estate Daddy. TREC will want to see any college education transcripts, along with your completion of the 4 core real estate classes. I listed the Texas real estate schools here, so you can pick one, when you are ready to be registered. The 4 core classes you can take online or in class will cost around 600$. The Texas Real Estates licensing exam is multiple choice questions and has a reputation for being one of the most difficult real estate licensing tests in the US, it costs around 80$. If you would like extra confidence before going into the exam I suggest you take a real estate license prep class (it’s an optional course around 120$) or just make sure you are learning what is being taught and not just completing the core courses out of requirement. 🙂
Education Requirement (REALTOR® Requirement)
The following education is required for a salesperson license:
- Principles of Real Estate core real estate course [60
- Law of Agency core real estate course (30 classroom hours)
- Law of Contracts core real estate course (30 classroom hours)
- An additional core real estate course (30 classroom hours)
- Another four semester (60
classroom) hours in core courses or in related courses acceptable to the Commission. A bachelor’s degree or highter from an accredited college or university satisfies all of the “related” education requirements for a salespersons license. A copy of the college transcript awarding the degree must be submitted as evidence of completion of the degree.
- Principles of Real Estate core real estate course [60
- Effective 09/1/2010 a pre-application education evaluation is no longer available prior to submitting an application. Real estate applicants are no longer required to submit an education evaluation request and receive a notice from the commission that the education requirements have been satisfied prior to submitting an application for a license. The education evaluation request form is eliminated and education course completion documents must be submitted when the application is filed. (Note: To find classes, see Texas real estate schools offering Core Real Estate License Education Providers for salesperson and broker applicants)
Filing Your Application (REALTOR® Requirement)
After you have completed your education, you may file and pay for the Application for Inactive Salesperson License. Evidence of successful completion of your education via credit transcript or certificate should be submitted with your application. DO NOT submit original transcripts or course completion documents. Keep the originals for your personal files and send photocopies to the Commission.
Please apply and pay online for your Inactive Salesperson License. The information requested online is the same as on the paper application. If you are filing online, scan and send your education documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 512-936-3863 with a copy of your completed application. If submitting your application by mail or in person, please note that an application received without the appropriate fees will be rejected and your check will be returned to you. The following fees should be submitted in ONE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER payable to the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Fees Required with Real Estate Salesperson License Application Fee
Comment Original Application
Required for all applicants (non refundable) Recovery Trust Account (formerly Recovery Fund)
Required for all applicants unless previously
paid (non refundable)
Fingerprint Requirements (REALTOR® Requirement)
Pursuant to §1101.3521 of the Real Estate License Act, any person applying for or renewing a salesperson license must provide their fingerprints. Once the applicant has obtained a TREC entity number the FastPass form may be downloaded from our website at http://www.trec.state.tx.us/FASTPrintPass/ and an appointment must be made through L1 Enrollment Services or through PSI. A license will not issue if the background check has not been cleared.
Examination Information (REALTOR® Requirement)
License examinations are administered by PSI, a testing service company. Once your application has been received, processed and accepted, you will receive notification that you may obtain a copy of the Candidate Information Brochure (CIB) to register for the exam. The CIB will provide instructions on how to make reservations to take the examination and contains study material and instructions about licensing. A copy of the CIB can be downloaded from the PSI web site. Please DO NOT attempt to register for the exam without first receiving notification from our office.
The examination must be passed within six months from the date the application is filed with the commission office.
Investigation May be Needed (REALTOR® Requirement)
The filing of an application authorizes an investigation of the applicant’s background. Information revealed in an investigation may be cause for disapproval of an application even though other requirements for a license are met. If an investigation is necessary, it may not be conducted until the applicant has passed the examination.
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Repayment History Checked (REALTOR® Requirement)
State law prohibits the renewal of a license if a licensee has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed by TGTM unless the licensee has entered into a repayment agreement with TG. YOU SHOULD CONTACT TG BEFORE FILING THIS APPLICATION if you have defaulted on a student loan. An application or renewal may be rejected if this agency has received information from TGSLC that the applicant has defaulted on a student loan. The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation can be reached at (800) 252-9743 or (512)219-5700
Obtain Sponsorship (REALTOR® Requirement)
Before you can practice as a licensed salesperson you must arrange for a Texas real estate broker holding an active license to sponsor you as a salesperson. Applicants and inactive salespersons are not authorized to act as real estate agents.
While you are not required to have a sponsoring broker to file an application for a license, a Salesperson Sponsorship Form is included with the application materials. If you wish, you may file the sponsorship request along with the application. Once all licensing requirements have been satisfied, TREC will send an active salesperson license to the broker, and you may act for the broker on receipt of the license.
You may also file the application and arrange for sponsorship after TREC notifies you that you have been issued an inactive license. Once a broker holding an active license has mailed a request to TREC to act as your sponsor, you may begin to act for the broker as a salesperson.
Don’t Practice Prior to Licensure (REALTOR® Requirement)
You are not authorized to perform any act for which a real estate license is required until an ACTIVE Texas Real Estate Commission license is in the possession of your sponsoring broker.
As noted above in the Filing Your Application section, online applications travel through the system much faster than paper-based applications. The online application process could potentially save you weeks of waiting for a license, due to the delays of regular mail communication and other factors inherent in the paper-based process (such as data entry time and processing of checks).
Please apply and pay online for your Inactive Salesperson License.
2. Joining the local board and local MLS system
Once you are licensed you still need to join the local boards in your area and get access to the local MLS and keybox system in use. Most Texas real estate area boards are very close to the same costs.Below is an example with the Austin Board of REALTORS® ABOR.
Local board Requirements (Austin & Central TX)
Individuals who hold an active real estate license and are members of the
National Association of REALTORS® may participate in the ACTRIS MLS. Multiple
Listing Services are only available to secondary members if their Designated
REALTOR® belongs to ACTRIS.
ACTRIS Fees: (sales tax included)
o Start-up fee: $213.20 for agents, $330.46 for Designated REALTORS® (DRs)
o MLS semiannual participation fees: $266.50 (prorated monthly for new members)
ACTRIS Services: (sales tax included)
o LMS semiannual: $42.64 with MLS subscription ($213.30 without MLS subscription)
o Supra Lockbox Key Activation: $108.25
o Supra ActiveKEY: $97.43
o Supra ActiveKEY semiannual insurance: $12.96
o Lockboxes (purchase as needed): $97.43 (craigslist is a great place to find used ones)
3. You need to join the National association of REALTORS (NAR)
The term REALTOR® is a protected term by NAR. Go to their website to become a member.
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