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How To Become A Texas Real Estate Agent

By Tabitha Naylor

The role of a Texas real estate salesperson is to list and show properties, file listing agreements, fill out paperwork for contracts to facilitate the sale of real estate property. To become a Texas real estate salesperson you must be a US citizen currently residing in Texas and be at least 18 years of age.

If you meet the requirements the next step in the process is to complete the required educational courses that Texas law requires. The courses total 210 hours of classroom education. The required courses are listed out on the Texas Real Estate Commission website: click here.

After taking and passing all of the required courses you can submit an application for an "Inactive salesperson license". At the same time you submit your application you will also need to submit your education course completion documentation (credit transcript or certificate). Only submit copies of your transcript of certificates. Hold all original copies for your personal files. The license fee is $143.00 with a $10 recovery fund fee and a $20 paper filing fee.

After your application is received, processed and the education requirement satisfied the applicant receives notification that he or she may obtain a copy of the candidate information brochure (CIB) to register for the exam. To be admitted into the testing site you must present a valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.). The name on the ID must match the name on the application for a license. The applicant has one year after the date the application is filed with TREC to take and pass the exam.

The applicant for a salesperson license must pay an additional fee to the department of Public Safety to get fingerprinted and to satisfy the statutory requirements for honesty, trustworthiness and integrity or moral character. In order to satisfy the requirements for moral character the applicant may be required to submit additional information and documentation. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted.

The license will be issued once all licensing requirements are fulfilled and TREC receives confirmation from the department of Public Safety that the applicant's fingerprints are on file.

An applicant must also arrange for a Texas real estate broker holding an active license to sponsor the salesperson. Applicants and inactive salespersons are not authorized to act as real estate agents. The sponsorship request may be filed along with the application so that the applicant can obtain an active license. When all licensing requirements have been satisfied TREC will send an active salesperson license to the sponsoring broker and the salesperson. At that time, when the active license is received, the new salesperson may act for the broker.

An applicant may also arrange for the sponsorship after they receive their inactive salesperson license. Once a broker with an active license has mailed in a request to TREC to act as the licensee's sponsor, the new licensee may begin to act for the broker as a salesperson.

The process to become a Texas Real Estate Agent is not difficult but it does require the time to complete the 210 hours of classroom instruction and you must pass the state exam and a background check. Being a Texas real estate agent can be a lucrative and rewarding career.

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