I want to become a real estate salesperson in Arizona. Should I pursue my goal if I have a misdemeanor assault from college bar fight?

Asked by Valleymanagementgroup, 18104 Wed Jul 2, 2014

It seems that the requirements would preclude me from obtaining a license. Is this rule barring misdemeanor convictions set in stone or will the commission judge on a case by case basis? Please advise

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Phyllis McAr…, Agent, San mateo, CA
Wed Jul 23, 2014
In California I understand that if you have committed a crime that is in direct relation to any kind of theft/robbery/burglary the answer would be no.

Several years ago a California State Congresswoman was trying to change that law because a convicted felon, whose crime was burglarizing homes wanted to become a Realtor! Really!

The Congresswoman had said that the young man was in her district and appealed to her to try to help him. (I can't make this stuff up!)
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Jennie Miller…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Wed Jul 23, 2014
You could meet with a designated broker for a real estate brokerage to find out if this would be allowable. You can also contact the Arizona Department of Real Estate.
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James Wehner, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sun Jul 13, 2014
Having a misdemeanor on your record shouldn't preclude you from obtaining a real estate license. If there are multiple offenses, then that may be another story. The department of real estate is predominantly concerned with moral turpitude.

Here is a link to view a questionnaire that you will need to complete when either apply for a new license or renewal of an existing license: http://www.re.state.az.us/Lic/Forms/Form_LI-214-LI-244_Disci…

As a new licensee with a misdemeanor, you will also need to complete this form: http://www.re.state.az.us/Lic/Forms/Form_LI-400_Disclosure_D…

Good luck!
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Valleymanage…, Both Buyer And Seller, 18104
Thu Jul 3, 2014
Many thanks to the responders thus far. I have spoken to some schools in the area and they have directed me to the DRE, but don't think I will have an issue. I will be contacting the DRE soon and I will post the results. One person mentioned maybe having difficulty with the fingerprint clearance card from DPS.
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Thu Jul 3, 2014
I believe you only have to disclose the misdemeanor when you apply for your license but to be certain check out the AZ Department of Real Estate website: http://www.re.state.az.us/Default.aspx. You can also contact one of the local Real Estate schools and they'll be able to give you a quick and accurate answer.
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Gordon Hagem…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Thu Jul 3, 2014
That is an interesting question and I don't have the exact answer.

From my understanding you only might have an issue if you are a convicted felon.

The Arizona Department of Real Estate might be your best resource:


Hope this helps?
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Jill Murty, Agent, Mission Viejo, CA
Wed Jul 2, 2014
Contact a real estate training school in your area and ask what they've heard with regard to people with a similar experience to yours.

Of course, you can also contact your Bureau of Real Estate or whatever it's called in your area and see what they have to say. They may even have an FAQ section on their website where your type of concern may be addressed.

I'm sure you're not the only one who has had a situation. I suspect you'll be fine, depending on the particulars of the situation and if it was a single event or part of a longer pattern of behavior.
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