I'm thinking about getting a real estate license in So. California. Where do I start?

Asked by Megala, 92253 Thu Jun 23, 2011

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:


Team Wasserm…, Agent, La Quinta, CA
Tue Jan 28, 2014
Allied Real Estate School is the best! http://www.realestatelicense.com.
1 vote
Shawna Vande…, Agent, La Quinta, CA
Wed Apr 25, 2012
I recommend you search out the various areas you want to work, and find a company or agent that works those specific areas, that you could possibly mentor under. It ismuch quicker to maybe make alittle less in the begining, but then get the opportunity to do the fast track approach to a reputable and knowledgeable agent. Larger full service companies will give you many more support systems with opportunities for more training and are a great starting place when you first get your license. Good luck.
1 vote
John K. Mill…, Agent, La Quinta, CA
Sat Feb 28, 2015
I got my license online with Allied Real Estate and have been working with Windermere Real Estate in La Quinta and they are a great company to work for.
0 votes
Roger A. Sul…, Agent, La Quinta, CA
Mon Feb 23, 2015
I think WindermereSoCal might be the answer for you ... with the Ownership being active in Real Estate, they are very attuned to the not only tribulations but more so the trials faced by today's agent(s); in addition, each office is managed by an on-site Broker ... The support systems and training opportunities are excellent, as well. Best of luck to you ...
0 votes
tj schroeder…, Agent, La Quinta, CA
Tue Feb 17, 2015
I wasn't wanting to single out one company for you, but if you are looking at Southern California, be sure to consider talking to the Career Coordinator at Tarbell, Realtors. Yes, it is the agency that I work with, but I have heard many agents comment, even those who may have changed companies, that they were glad they started with Tarbell - it is know for it's great training and education programs. You will get wonderful guidance and direction with your consultation, as far as books, when, how, what works, etc.

You know, this is a "people" business and it's important to know that you like to interact directly with people, like to engage in conversation, are a good reader and truly want to HELP folks with their real estate needs. You will be richly rewarded.
Web Reference:  http://www.ltjproperties.com
0 votes
The John Jay…, Agent, Indian Wells, CA
Wed Dec 10, 2014
I recommend DuaneGomer.com. I took their course and signed some of my agent up as well. Robin signed up last month and is already look at being done with her 3 courses in Jan.
0 votes
Doug & Bud Z…, Agent, Placerville, CA
Wed Jan 15, 2014
Take a Community College class in "Real Estate Principles" to learn about the various subject areas.
0 votes
Crystal Zile, Agent, Palm Desert, CA
Wed Jan 15, 2014
I would go online and check out http://www.duanegomer.com
0 votes
Betty Kerr C…, Agent, Irvine, CA
Thu Dec 5, 2013
Call me at 760 250 9326 I can arrange for you to meet with someone to get to the training you need.
Web Reference:  http://www.BettyKerr.com
0 votes
Michelle Rey…, , Zephyr Cove, NV
Thu Dec 5, 2013
Try Allied Real Estate School for online training: http://www.realestatelicense.com. Good luck!
0 votes
Felix Hung, Agent, Huntington Beach, CA
Sun Jul 15, 2012

Figure out first if real estate is right for you...you can look online, read books, or contact real estate brokers and managers local to you to make sure a career in real estate is right for you.

If you do proceed down this path, the next step is to request pre-licensing documents from the Department of Real Estate (DRE) and start to budget or figure out all the costs associated with obtaining your license.

There are lots of questions on Trulia that also talk about starting a career in real estate that could help you.

Best of luck,

0 votes
Great answer.
Flag Wed Jan 15, 2014
Rich Homer, Agent, NAPLES, FL
Sun Jul 15, 2012
Good question. maybe find a Broker right away for advice in your proposed zip code. You can search "Find a Pro" in the header of this website. From your friends at http://www.naplesrealestateguys.com/
0 votes
Betty Kerr C…, Agent, Irvine, CA
Sun Jul 15, 2012
Call me at 760-250-9326 I will arrange for you to speak with a Team Leader you can assist you through the process or email me your information I will have them contact you.

0 votes
Heather Paul, Agent, Santa Monica, CA
Mon Dec 26, 2011
If you know the area you intend to work, search out the local real estate companies, stick to full service companies because they have the tools and training to assist you. Also check out dre.ca.gov this is the Department of Real Estate's website and it will tell you all the requirements to getting your license and include education providers.

Good luck!
Heather Paul, Realtor
Coldwell Banker
0 votes
Shanna Rogers, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Thu Jun 23, 2011
Hi Megala,

Go to the Department of Real Estate website and you will find all the information you need there.


Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
0 votes
, ,
Thu Jun 23, 2011
James - that links explains how to get a mortgage loan originators license in California, which does not specifically require a real estate license from the Department of Real Estate.

Megala - the first step is you need to apply. Start at http://www.dre.ca.gov/lic_home.html

There is a link in the upper right that says "Applying for a License - You must first apply for, take and pass an examination" click it and read through the "Salesperson" version of each one.

Take special note that there are some courses you must complete, listed at http://www.dre.ca.gov/exm_sales.html (it's one of those steps in the previous link, but it's important to know).

I took my courses, and continuing education with http://www.realestatelicense.com/ right here in Orange County, very thorough information that makes the testing seem easy, and can be done on the computer.

The DRE Salesperson exam itself, for me, was conducted down in San Diego (they also have Los Angeles too, but downtown San Diego is much nicer so I chose there, plus it was sooner), in a hotel conference room, hundreds of people were there, took a couple hours, and a lot of the questions were exact mirror images of verbiage used in the study materials. I was pretty nervous because my friend just failed previously, but sure enough, passed on my first try. It's a bit of a process, but it's worth it.
0 votes
The Property…, , San Diego County, CA
Thu Jun 23, 2011

This site will tell you everything you're going to need to get a license in SoCal.
0 votes
Search Advice
Ask our community a question

Email me when…

Learn more