If you are an attorney, you can take the exam without taking the class, otherwise you need to take the classes.
Currently you can be either a salesperson or a broker in Illinois and sell real estate.
A broker is self supervised, able to conduct the entire transaction, allowed to sell and lease real property and be paid for it.
A salesperson must be sponsored by a broker, i.e. they are supervised by the broker and must be paid through the broker for any and all real estate related business they conduct.
In April of 2012 all real estate agents will need to hold a form of a broker's license under the most recent legislation in Illinois. As a salesperson you will have a choice of either taking a proficiency exam or additional classwork to get your broker's license.
You, now and then, will have to take the managing broker's exam and class to supervise others ( open your own office) after you have worked for another broker.
You will be able to self sponsor (referred to as holding your own license) with the broker's license ( you will not need to be a managing broker).
These classes teach you the license law and the legal parameters of selling real estate. they do not teach you about the actual process or custom. This is training, and is also available through local REALTOR Associations as well as brokerages like ours.
It is a very rewarding career personally and financially for the right person. Best of luck with your endeavors, feel free to email me or call if you have more questions.
The Real Estate Institute.
They offer a self-study course. They will mail you a physical textbook and there are 6 reading lessons w/ associated exams that will need to be passed. I believe that you can take those online or on paper and mail them in. They offer instructor assistance for questions via phone. The typical timeframe for completing the self-study course is 4-6 weeks.
Chicago Association of Realtors
Through their RRES (Realtors Real Estate School), they offer classroom courses at various locations, including the accelerated 1-week class, self-study course or online course. Details regarding each you can find by visiting their website.
If you are seriously interested in a career in real estate, feel free to contact me. We offer all of the right tools and a generous commission structure that allow you to be very successful in the real estate industry.
John Gall, ABR , SFR
Realty Executives SourceOne
C: (773) 220-4421
Also can you send me the link to the online class?
Now if you go the joining a company route, interview as many companies as possible. I have worked for bigger companies. The downside is, as a new agent you will be on a terrible split, and most of the time they have high yearly dues. You will also have a ton of competition from people inside your company, since you are really working for yourself. You can also try smaller firms, that usually have higher splits, but less to offer you technologically and in other ways. It seems to me from the amount of questions you have asked in the past, that you are an investor looking to make a little off of the deals you do for yourself. If this was the case, I would probably go the smaller company route. If you have any other questions, I would be happy to help, I have done both ways, and know how to run a company, as I assist my owner in my current one.
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
Passed that class, then took the State exam...and passed it the first try.
I then started interviewing Brokers, found one I wanted to emulate and joined on a split.
Currently I'm with EXIT Strategy Realty in Lakeview.
Check this out: http://www.exitrealty.com/take10.aspx
Call or e-mail me to discuss further.
The salesperson pre-licensing course information is provided here - http://www.chicagorealtor.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&sub - and you can study at home, online, or via classes.
Here is a brochure from C.A.R. about how to begin your career in real estate: http://www.chicagorealtor.com/associations/6001/files/Licens
Dream Town is a great brokerage - AND a great place to start your career.
Give us a call anytime to set up an appointment to discuss your options and the process. We can be reached at 312.242.1000 and here is a link to information about starting your career with us - http://www.dreamtown.com/careeropps.htm.
Best of luck to you!
You will not be able to obtain a managing broker's license (and thereby 'go it on your own'), without some prior experience as an agent first...
(I don't remember offhand how many years you must be an agent first, prior to becoming a managing broker)
real estate licensing classes or contact any other brokerage company that offers those...
Once you have your license the hard work begins and having a sponsor (experienced agent) guiding you, or a really good new agent program by the brokerage you will be finally working for, is very important to be successful.
Good Luck to you!
Edith YourRealtor4Life Prudential Rubloff Chicago & the Northshore offices
You have to attend school and training and take the states exam. Keller Williams Realty Professionals is got a very good AGENT TRAINING PROGRAM and can help you get on your way. Call John Youker to get a full scope of what you need to become an agent, he will give you good information and direction at no cost. His number is 1-937-974-5176 this number is from Ohio but he lives here in Chicago. He is an excellent trainer and can really help you. Give him my name, Connie.
Best bet check out http://www.chicagorealtor.com and click on education. Lots of different options. 45 hour course followed by a state/national exam. Not too bad.
If you want to start leasing you can actually start tomorrow with a 120 sponsor card while you take a 15 hour course
Questions let me know