Costs of becoming a Realtor

The Costs Associated With Getting Your Real Estate License in California

Published by Kartik Subramaniam

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Cost of real estate school

If you want to become a real estate agent in California you’ll need to get a real estate license -shocker! The requirements are pretty simple and straightforward. The most basic is that you have to be at least 18 years old and must complete three college level courses in real estate.

Getting licensed is the first step - If you want to work in the real estate industry you will eventually have to place your license with a real estate broker who will act as your “responsible broker”.

Before you can start working, however, there are some additional requirements which include taking and passing the real estate license exam and obtaining your real estate license, and clearing criminal background. Once you complete these steps, you’re eligible to be licensed to work as a real estate agent in California. Depending on state processing timeframes this process can take approximately five to six months from start to finish.

As a student in our real estate license school, you should understand there are some fees associated with obtaining your license. The good news is you don’t have to pay them allat once as the costs can be spread out over the course of several months. Here’s a quick rundown:

1. 135-hour pre-license course [3 college level classes in real estate]

In order to take the real estate exam, you’ll have to complete three college level courses in real estate. The classes are Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and an elective that you would choose from a list of possible courses. ADHI Schools offers a variety of choices from Real Estate Appraisal, Property Management and Escrows among others.

While these courses could be completed at a community college my recommendation is that you complete these at a private real estate school like ADHI Schools. The classes can generally be finished faster and our textbooks are included with one low price. How you choose a real estate school is an important decision that should be taken seriously.

We also offer optional-to-attend study sessions over Zoom and in-person real estate crash courses to prep you for the actual state board exam. Our programs also offer hundredsof practice questions so you are ready on test day! Our premiere package including the crash course is just $499.

2. State exam fee

The fee for the sales license exam is $60 and is payable directly to the state. There are small fees paid to the state if you need to reschedule your test.

3. Livescan fee

Everyone seeking to operate as a California real estate agent must submit their fingerprints through DOJ's Live Scan Program. If you are a California resident, you’ll pay a $49 fingerprint processing fee, along with a $30 fee if you have ADHI Schools perform the Livescan.

Once the fingerprint scan is submitted and fee is paid, your fingerprints are sent to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The DRE will review the background and issue your license or reach out to you for more information.

4. License application fee

Once the above steps are completed, all that’s left is the license application fee, which is $245 in California to obtain a real estate salesperson license. The DRE requires a license to be renewed every four years, which costs $245.

5. Future expenses

Accompanying the $245 fee due every four years for renewal, the DRE requires licensees to complete 45 hours of approved continuing education courses This includes courses that cover Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision. Licensees must also take approved courses related to consumer protection. Continuing education must be done prior to renewal. These costs are trivial and the class are also super affordable.

This breakdown should help you factor these and future costs associated with your decision to enter our great real estate industry. Essentially, your startup costs to become a licensed real estate agent in California will only be a few hundred dollars making this a very affordable career choice - especially considering you can immediately get to work without having to go through years of college.

If you are interested in learning more about getting your real estate license, reach out to us by phone at 888 768 5285 or visit our website here.

One word of caution - please make sure that you are reviewing the DRE and our own website for the latest exam and license fees.



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