How To Earn A Texas Real Estate License

Real Estate License And Exam Prep Courses In Texas

Have questions about getting a real estate license in Texas? Luckily, TrainingCenter has both the required Texas pre-licensing courses and training programs for how to list, sell, handle real estate objections, and more.

When it is time to earn your real estate license, the first step is making sure you are prepared. Essentially, you'll start by taking your state-specific pre-licensing course, then passing your exam. Tips for both, as well as recommended courses, appear below.

What Does An Texas Real Estate Agent Do?

Real Estate Agents in Texas help clients to purchase, rent, or sell property. This includes finding buyers and sellers, providing advice and helping to negotiate on price, and referring home inspectors or mortgage professionals - all within federal and state rules and regulations.

Further, they are required to represent the best interests of their clients, whether they be buyers or sellers. Texas has more than 30 cities with populations of at least 100,000, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Garland, Irving, Laredo, Amarillo, Grand Prairie, Brownsville, McKinney, and lots more. As such, there are many communities for you to be a successful Texas real estate agent.

Generally speaking, Texas real estate agents are responsible for:Texas-real-estate-licensing
  • Communicating with buyers and sellers
  • Abiding by state and federal laws re advertising and communications
  • Staying involved to ensure any loan or financing requirements are met
  • Communicating with the other agent and attorney's throughout the process
  • Keeping an open line of communication with clients
  • Help to close the transaction
Agents often decide to represent buyers only, sellers only, or both. Depending upon whether representing the buyer or the seller, agents can recommend an appropriate selling price, market the property, negotiate offers, attend and/or review the home inspection and appraisal, and provide feedback on comparable sales. Regardless, the job is not just showing houses; there is lots of paperwork, planning, and phoning, and not just in a 9-5 time frame.

About Our Texas Real Estate Licensing Courses And Exam Prep Materials

We offer Texas real estate license training courses that fulfill Texas's pre-license education requirements. Our Texas training and exam prep materials are delivered in an easy-to-understand manner that provides important insights and valuable exam tips and strategies covering Texas's rules and regulations for Texas real estate licensing. You receive:
  • Both Print And Online Course Materials covering both the 30-Hour PA Fundamentals Course and the 45-Hour PA Real Estate Practices requirements
  • Sample Exams
  • Exam Prep Materials
  • Instructor Support
When you have completed the training materials, make sure to take as many practice exams as possible. This will help you to pinpoint and overcome problem areas, and ensure that you pass your Texas real estate licensing exam on the first try!

Recommended Texas Real Estate Licensing Courses And Exam Prep Materials

You'll find the real estate licensing courses you need here at TrainingCenter. We offer state-approved courses that meet the Texas pre-licensing requirement.

To find the right state-approved Texas real estate license course for you, simply select "Licensing" and your state in the search box. Good luck earning your Texas Real Estate License!
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About The Texas Real Estate License Requirements

To help with how to get a real estate license in Texas, we have provided below information on Texas licensing requirements, its insurance department, and examination scheduling facilities, as well as info on what is on the exam and tips for passing it.

Texas Real Estate Licensing Department
Texas Real Estate Commission
Address: P.O. Box 12188, Austin, TX 78711-2188
Phone: 512.936.3000

Examination Scheduling
Provider: Pearson VUE

Topics on the Texas Real Estate License Exam

The Texas real estate licensing exam has 125 total multiple-choice questions covering both national and state-specific information. The exam covers real estate law, state governance, brokerage relationships, valuation, market analysis, land use controls and regulations, disclosures, ownership, financing, titling, taxes, and contracts.

Texas Real Estate License Requirements

The following lists any applicable pre-licensing, continuing education, renewal, and reciprocity requirements for Texas real estate licensing.

Real Estate Education Requirements:
  • Texas real estate salesperson license: 180 hours in qualifying mandatory education
  • Texas real estate broker license: 900 hours (This includes 270 hours in qualifying mandatory plus 630 hours of related qualifying or elective CE. Or an applicant who has earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university will be deemed to have satisfied the related qualifying education requirements for a broker license. A copy of the college transcript awarding the degree must be submitted as evidence of completion of the degree.)
  • Final exams: Texas Real Estate Commission requires that your final course exam be proctored for qualifying education.
State Reciprocity:

Texas does not have reciprocal agreements with any other state.

Continuing Education And/Or License Renewal Requirements:
  • Real estate professionals in Texas must renew their real estate licenses every two years in the month their licenses were received
  • Sales Apprentice Education (SAE): Licensees renewing for the first time must have a total of 270 qualifying real estate course hours along with 4 hours in Legal Update I and 4 hours in Legal Update II. The 6-hour Broker Responsibility Course is also required as part of the SAE hours for sales agents who have been made supervisory by their broker for three months or more
  • Licensees must complete 18 hours of real estate CE classes in each two-year cycle
  • This includes taking the 4-hour Legal Update I course on laws, rules and forms and the 4-hour Legal Update II course on agency, ethics and hot topics
  • The 6-hour Broker Responsibility Course is also required as part of the 18 hours for brokers who have sponsored one or more sales agents, served as the designated broker for a business entity broker that sponsored sales agents, or have been made a supervisor of other license holders
  • Final Exams: Texas Real Estate Commission requires that your final exam for continuing education offered through distance education be proctored

How To Get A Real Estate License In Texas

Texas Real Estate License Requirements
  • Complete the 180-hour Pre-Licensing education requirement
  • Fill out the state application for a license
  • Pay any applicable fees
  • Complete the fingerprint requirement
  • Pass a background check
  • Successfully complete the Texas real estate exam
  • Obtain sponsorship by a real estate broker holding an active license

Steps For How To Obtain A Real Estate License In Texas

Below are the recommended steps for passing your real estate agent exam and earning your Texas real estate license.
  • Step 1: Review Texas's State Licensing Requirements
    Since real estate licensing is state-specific, you want to make sure you qualify or meet the basic requirements for the state in which you want to be licensed. In most states, you have to be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, and pass your state's exam. Click your state from the table above to find your state's requirements - and suggested licensing courses.
  • Step 2: Register For The Texas Real Estate Licensing Course
    Our real estate training courses are designed to meet the state pre-licensing requirements, as well as prepare you for your state exam. Once you are done, you will be ready to take your state's real estate licensing exam. Click you state from the table above for information on where and how to register for your exam.

    Note: Once you complete your course, be sure to obtain your official transcripts or certificate of completion from the school, which is required for your real estate license application.
  • Step 3: Study For Your Exam!
    While exams often require you to know terms, definitions, and rules, real estate licensing exams are often more than just memorization, so make sure you understand the concepts and take as many of the practice exams that come with your real estate pre-licensing course materials as possible.
  • Step 4: Pass Your Real Estate Licensing Exam
  • Step 5: Submit An Application To Get Your Texas Real Estate License
    Once you pass your exam, the next step is to apply for your real estate license. This usually includes completing an application and paying a licensing fee.
  • Step 6: Determine Where You Want To Work
    New agents can work either individually, with a broker, or with a team. Those who want to work individually should make sure they have a good business plan and ample funding to carry them until their sales start rolling in. Separately, working with a broker could reduce up front costs while also providing a mentor relationship. Whichever option you decide is best for you, be sure to get trained!
  • Step 7: Get Training For Doing Listing Presentations, Handling Objections, And More!
    While your real estate exam typically includes terms, definitions, and laws, it does not teach you how to sell real estate. For that, you'll need training on how to handle listing, FSBO, and expireds presentations, overcome objections, and more. Luckily, Training Center has lots of real estate training courses to help you succeed. Simply click one of the recommended courses below or select a topic from the search box below.
The Benefits Of Having A Texas Real Estate License

There are many benefits to having a real estate license. While helping to serve your community find their "dream house", you also benefit from flexible hours and the opportunity to have high earnings via your commissions. For those who invest in real estate, having a license also gives you early access to properties as they become available.

Good luck passing your Texas real estate licensing exam!

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