Texas broker looking to obtain California broker's license- have any other out of state brokers recently obtained a California license? Any?

Asked by Kim Callaway, Austin, TX Wed Dec 15, 2010

tips? I am hoping the process will be fairly cut and dry, without broker reciprocity... I would love to hear from any real estate brokers that have recently obtained a license in California. Thank you for your time and tips!

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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Wed Dec 15, 2010
I'm a California broker who provides the "brick and mortar" address for an out-of-state broker - my best friend who semi-retired to Florida but keeps his California license active. California requires that out-of-state brokers have a California address for service of process. As you stated, California has no reciprocity with any other states, you have to go through the full licensing process to become a broker here regardless of your state of residence. Here is a link to the Department of Real Estate's information about out-of-state licensing:

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Magic5prop, Home Buyer, Plano, TX
Tue Oct 1, 2013
Hi, I'm a Real Estate Broker in Texas and have been for 10 years. I'm moving to California in June 2014. I have no idea how to go about the process. From what I've heard you have to start all over again. Have you learned anything useful? If so I would appreciate any help you could give.
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Fri Dec 17, 2010
Kim - I'm not sure which courses will be accepted by California, most likely just the general education courses, such as accounting and business law. When I applied for the broker license I sent my college transcripts and they told me on the phone which courses I still needed. You may want to call the DRE and ask if they can review your transcripts before you make a formal applicaiton.
My friend in Florida has done only principle transactions in California, my agreement for keeping his license active is a flat annual fee.
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Kim Callaway, , Austin, TX
Thu Dec 16, 2010
Thank you both for the info! I went cross eyed looking at the forms a month or so ago, but this go round was better... John, am I correct in my assumption that many of my Texas RE core course credits will transfer/count toward the education requirements in becoming eligible to take the broker's exam?

On a different note, I think that bricks and mortar serve a purpose and am glad there is another Realtor/broker that agrees! If you don't mind me asking, what is a typical arrangement such as that you describe with your buddy? Does he semi the active with his personal transactions being the bulk of his work under your license? Again, I am just curious, and appreciate your time and handy, direct link.

Thank you both for the tips and have a great day!
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Margaret Giv…, , Austin, TX
Wed Dec 15, 2010
You may want to contact Ralph and Jessica Dodge with Keller Williams in Austin. I believe they are also licensed in California. Good luck! ~Margaret Givens
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