Real Estate Career Overview
In the broadest sense, the job of a real estate agent is to help people find a home to suit their needs. The career entails assessing a home's market value, conducting negotiations, and closing sales. A career in real estate requires no small measure of self-motivation. The harder you work, the more likely it is you'll land a sale. The career also benefits those who are social and enjoy helping others, since the majority of the job involves working with clients to fulfill their needs. Pursuing a real estate career online is relatively easy in the state of Florida, as there are many online course providers, and the license can be applied for online. However, the exam needs to be taken in person.
|Required Skills||Self-motivated, people-oriented, communication|
|Job Growth||7% for 2018-2028 (faster than average)|
|Median Salary (2018)||$50,300 per year|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Steps to Become a Real Estate Agent in Florida Online:
To become a real estate agent in the state of Florida, most of the steps (aside from completing the state licensing exam) can be completed online.
Step 1. Check Your Eligibility for the Licensing Application
Before heading down this career path, it might be a good idea to see if you're eligible by checking real estate industry websites. To be eligible to apply for a Florida real estate license, you must fulfill the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a high school diploma (or equivalent)
- Be eligible to work in the United States
- Have a Social Security Number
Step 2. Develop Your Real Estate Soft Skills
In addition to the above requirements, there are a number of skills that are considered either necessary or helpful to be successful in a real estate career:
Many of these 'soft skills' can be developed online by participating in forums, watching motivational talks and using resources provided on the websites of the Florida Real Estate Commission and the National Association of Realtors.
Step 3. Take the Pre-License Course and its Final Exam
The sales associate real estate course in Florida is 63 hours in length. There are a number of institutions that offer the course, and you must have at least a 70% average. Note: if you're a member of the Florida Bar and eligible to practice law, you don't need to take a pre-license course.
In the state of Florida, there are a number of options for people to take both pre-licensing and post-licensing courses online. The Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) has a website that helps you to find accredited pre-licensing courses.
Step 4. Study for the State Licensing Exam
The state of Florida has a sales associate licensing exam that everyone needs to take to become a licensed realtor. There are a number of online resources that will help you study including practice tests and valuable pointers. If you prefer videos to help you prep for your exams, many have sample questions and answers, as well as 'ask the expert' type videos to get you in the right mindset.
Step 5. Apply and Take the State Licensing Exam
You'll need to apply to take the state licensing exam, which can be done online. In addition to paying the application fee, you will need to register with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) so they can conduct a background check on you. This includes having your fingerprints taken at least 5 days before you send the application for your license.
To pass the exam, you need a minimum score of 75 out of 100. Once you've passed the exam, you can download and print off your license from the DBPR website. Your license will be valid for 18-24 months once the license has been activated.
Step 6. Find a Broker to Sponsor You
To officially activate your license, you need to be affiliated with a real estate broker. They will activate your license for you. While research can be conducted online, it is best to make meetings in person. When looking for a real estate brokerage, be sure to meet not only with the broker, but also with other salespeople. This will make sure that you align with the culture of the office and get along well with your colleagues.
Step 7. Join a Real Estate Association/Real Estate Board
Most people join the real estate association that their brokerage is part of. Doing an online search of the real estate association/board you wish to join will tell you what requirements they have to become a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Florida Realtors State Association.