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By David | Real Estate Pro in Saint Louis County, MO
  • Starting A California Real Estate Career

    Posted Under: How To... in Los Angeles  |  April 14, 2011 6:47 AM  |  1,410 views  |  No comments

    With the first quarter of 2011 behind us, many people are still struggling to find a career with a future. Unemployment levels in California are still quite high so it is important to find a career path that can continue to provide you with security even through the country’s economic difficulty. Getting your California real estate license can put you on a career path that has generated more wealth than any other industry. In a few short weeks, you could be on your way to earning incredible commissions with your California real estate license.

    The requirements for getting your California real estate license are much simpler than you might imagine. The basic requirements are few. You should be at least 18 years old and be able to provide proof that you are a resident of the United States. You must also be of good character so a background check will be done. If you have ever been convicted of a crime it will not necessarily result in a denial, however not disclosing any criminal history or disciplinary action will be grounds for denial of your California real estate license. Fingerprinting is required and there is a fee to have it done as a part of the California real estate license application process.

    Three courses are required prior to applying for your California real estate license. Each of the courses is 45-hours, for a total of 135 hours of required real estate classes to qualify for licensure. The first course is Real Estate Principles, which is followed by Real Estate Practice. The final 45 hours are elective courses. You can choose from a number of different real estate related courses including, but not limited to, real estate appraisal, finance, mortgages, real estate law, escrows and more. Once you have completed the educational requirements with a passing grade, you may apply to take your California real estate license exam.  Real estate school can help you fulfill your dreams.

    While you are completing you real estate classes, you should be looking for a qualified broker to work under. Your California real estate license will be inactive until it is posted in the broker’s office for which you intend to work. There are important details that you should be aware of before you choose what broker to work for. Details such as the commission split, office expenses, and lead generation are all things you need to understand before you decide who to sign with. As a real estate agent in California, you cannot accept payments from anyone except your broker, so you should have a broker in mind when you are ready to apply for your real estate license.

    The California real estate market is one place where there are a number of fantastic career opportunities and having a California real estate license means you will be ready to reap the rewards. Real estate in California is more than just homes for sale; people buying a home in California are buying a lifestyle. You are just weeks away from earning incredible commissions starting a California real estate career.

 
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