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Arizona Real Estate Licensing & Continuing Education

Instructor: Racquel Fulton
Did you know that anyone who is a legal resident of the United States may qualify for a real estate license in Arizona? Learn what makes Arizona different from other states and what you need to know to get started.

Qualified to Get a Real Estate License

Scott wants to sell real estate in Arizona, so he calls a college and asks, 'How can I get a real estate license?' The representative says, 'Are you at least 18 and do you have integrity?' Scott answers yes to both questions. The rep says, 'Then you're qualified!'

Scott qualifies because he meets standards set by the Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE). ADRE is a government office that regulates and issues licenses to real estate salespersons and brokers. Although Scott meets the age qualification he will need to prove his integrity by passing a criminal background check. He will have to submit his fingerprints to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. If a criminal record is not found, he will be given a fingerprint clearance card to submit along with his application.

Residency Not Required

Scott must also prove that he is a legal resident of the U.S. Arizona, unlike most states, does not have a state residency requirement. Anyone, regardless of where they live in the U.S., may qualify for a real estate license in Arizona. Because the state does not have residency requirements they do not offer reciprocity. Reciprocity is an agreement between states that allows licensed salespersons in one state to apply for the same type of license in another state as a non-resident.

As an example:

Anna, a licensed real estate salesperson, lives in New Jersey. She wants to get a real estate license in New York without having to move there. Because New York and New Jersey have reciprocity agreements, she can apply for a real estate license in New York as a non-resident.

Although all legal U.S. residents may qualify for a real estate license in Arizona, there are reasons that someone can be disqualified, for instance if they had a real estate license revoked in any state or were denied a license within the last year. Scott does not have to worry about being disqualified, but he has to meet a few more requirements before he gets his license, one of which is pre-licensing education.

Pre-Licensing Education

Pre-licensing education is taught at colleges, universities and real estate schools. ADRE requires that Scott complete 90 hours of pre-licensing education in a live classroom. He will learn about terminology, listing agreements, property management, and contract laws.

In addition to pre-licensing education he will also have to attend a six-hour contract writing class.

Two Exams For One License

Scott will then have to pass two exams. The first exam will be presented by the pre-licensing education provider. The exam is designed to prepare him for the official state exam. After he passes the exam, Scott will receive his pre-licensing education certificate. The certificate will be valid for 10 years.

The second exam will be administered by the state at an authorized testing center. The exam is made up of two parts: A national portion and a state portion. He will be given five hours to complete the entire exam.

Scott needs to score at least 75% or greater to pass the national portion. He will have to answer 80 multiple choice questions on the following subjects:

Subject No. of questions
Real Property 16
Real Estate Valuation 6
Contracts with buyers and sellers 18
Property Conditions 7
Federal Laws 8
Real Estate Financing 17
Leases and Property Management 5
Operations of Real Estate Brokerage 3

He will also have to pass the state portion with a score of 75% or higher. There is a total of 90 questions that will test Scott's understanding of the following subjects:

Subject No. of questions
Real Estate Laws 10
Interests in Property 9
Water Rights 3
Environmental Laws 2
Legal Descriptions 4
Subdivisions 5
Encumbrances 5
Transfer of Title 12
Consumer Protection 5
Regulation of Activities 12
Property Tax 12
Property Management 7
Mathematical Calculations 4

Scott will have one year from the date of passing the exam to submit his application. Otherwise, he will have to re-take the exam. However, he will not need to retake the pre-licensing education training, as it will remain valid for 10 years.

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